We’ve all heard of nanobots and nanotechnology, and the many advantages they’re providing in both the medical and technology sectors, but nanostructured concrete? A team of scientists at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) has created a building process that utilizes nanostructured concrete. “The concrete is capable of increasing the load-carrying capability by more […]

Have you recently invested in a historic property? Are you preparing to renovate a building that’s been around for decades or centuries? As buildings age, so do the materials used in their construction. Believe it or not, even well-built structures erode and wear down over time. Before taking any steps to correct the problem, it’s […]

Now that spring is here, it’s time to get out into nature and enjoy some fresh air. Whether you’re heading up into the mountains for a weekend camping trip, or are jetting out to Hawaii in the coming weeks, you’ll want to make sure you have a hammock. There’s something special about this simple hanging […]

If your business landscaping features a lawn, trees, bushes, or flower beds, you’re probably spending quite a bit of money watering and maintaining them. Sadly, the EPA estimates nearly 50% of the water utilized for these processes goes to waste. Yes, you read that correctly: 50%. What if there was a way to not only […]

Have you been working in the construction industry for years or even decades? At some point do you want to strike out on your own, and maybe even establish your own business? A new market analysis suggests that 2017 is the perfect year to do so. Why? Well, let’s take a closer look at the […]

According to Bizjournals.com, The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs issues over 50,000 building permits every year, but the process isn’t exactly cut and dry. Thanks to a variety of checks-and-balances, hundreds of sheets worth of paperwork, and agency bureaucracy wait times and the process, in general, were just getting to be too much. The […]

You might not realize it, but there are a number of factors that play into every building project. While major challenges like securing the right permits and acquiring the right talent to do the job often get the most fanfare, even seemingly insignificant minutiae can change the course of a construction project. Case and point? […]

According to a recent study by PayScale.com, 11 of the top 15 bachelor’s degrees providing the best salaries are in the field of engineering. Electrical engineers are in the highest demand, while petroleum engineers top the list as the highest paid (based on experience). If you’re a college student preparing to graduate in the spring […]

Since the beginning of time, humans have turned to nature in order to find inspiration for art, efficiency and feats of engineering. Birds and bats inspired the airplane, while turtle and tortoise shells produced suggestions for better shields. Predators like lions and cheetahs gave way to military innovations both powerful and swift, but stationary underwater […]

A recent article at Engineering.com covers one of the newer, more creative trends in structural engineering. According to the article, “A group of Clarkson University mathematicians and a civil engineer have developed a passive and non-invasive approach to “listen” to a collection of relevant signals from bridges and other mechanical structures to diagnose changes or […]