Issue : 15 January 2009
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Structural analysis software is the most significant construction advance in the last 10 years.
Environmental awareness is growing.
With the adoption of prefabrication and off-site construction we are now seeing new levels of quality and consistency in finished products and with it, huge gains in efficiency, cost and client satisfaction. It’s a step towards, “getting it right first time, every time”.
I nominate my design for geothermal foundations.
In dark and distant days, mobile cranes all used lattice boom sections.
Have you ever moved a colleague’s glass away from the edge of the table? If you find yourself doing this all the time, you are probably a parent who has spent years trying to prevent ‘accidents waiting to happen’ in your own home.
Plastic pipes by architect Robert AdamSubscription
UPVC plumbing has been one of the most significant construction advances in the last 20 years.
Digital surveying by editor Nick EdwardsSubscription
The point where CAD drawings can accurately be translated to actual lines on a dusty concrete basement slab is where construction’s greatest achievement lies.
Computer Aided Design by architect Ken Shuttleworth Subscription
It has to be CAD. It has revolutionised the way we work and the shapes we can use to build.
Reinforced concrete by architect Isi MetzsteinSubscription
Reinforced concrete is incredibly versatile and can be used in exactly the same way, all over the world, in any culture.