Commentary

Risk and Probability
Throughout the global engineering profession, there is an ongoing academic discussion about the need to contextualise risk for society in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Structural engineers, as experts in risk associated with the built environment, are more often relied upon to explain the contemporary concept of risk to clients, partners, and associates. Grant [...]
Dux Hot Water, Moss Vale NSW

Some owners and occupants of new high-bay warehouses are concerned to find the pristine appearance of floor surfaces becoming blemished by black marks that resist cleaning. Grant Roe, BE(Hons) MEngSc MBA MIEAust CPEng NER, explains why this common problem is often misunderstood and prescribes the appropriate solution. There can be technical misunderstandings behind trade-level advice as to […]

Insufficient understanding of the distinction between torque and tension in structural steel bolting can mean the structural reliability of steel buildings is compromised over time by loose bolts. Prominent engineer, Grant Roe, explains why this problem occurs and how it can be prevented or fixed if detected. The construction of steel buildings in most industrialised nations is regulated by standards. […]

High-bay warehousing

The development of high-bay warehousing facilities as distribution centres means greater risk to business in the unlikely event of structural failure. Should the owners of distribution centre properties take additional measures to hedge against this greater concentration of risk? In contemporary supply chain management there is a strong movement away from the traditional network of warehousing facilities, staged at […]

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