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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Civil Engineering Flashcards to pass the Civil PE Exam successfully

Civil Engineering in a Flash is specifically designed for the students who want to pass Civil PE exam successfully. These flashcards are packed with basic principles, formulas, equations, laws, units, and conversions. The flash cards are compatible with smart phones and iOS devices.

These flashcards will help the civil engineering students in the following ways :-

• Study key concepts.
• Improve your skills for solving problems quickly
• Make your confidence better
• Benefitted with 500 cards having crucial information in question form
• Evaluate your progress and rearrange the deck
• Get a complete answer on the opposite side of each card
• the option to flag cards for assessment afterward

Table of contents:

• Environmental
• Geotechnical
• Transportation
• Water Resources

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Some useful construction tips for placing concrete perfectly

Before assigning concrete, proper planning is required for equipment, layout, projected procedures and methods. Concrete placement remains pending unless formwork is examined and seemed to be appropriate. The equipment required for delivering concrete should be properly sized and designed to maintain incessant discharging of concrete at the time of placing devoid of detachment of any materials based on the project size and placement location.

Concrete is arranged in its finishing position prior to cement is laid primarily as well as concrete is condensed in its final position within 30 minutes of evacuating the mixer.

Once the concrete is placed directly in its final position, it should not be reprocessed or poured in such a manner so that any detachment or loss of materials occur together with dislocation of reinforcement, shuttering or embedded inserts or damaging of its strength.

Concrete is arranged in the shuttering through shovels or other methods and avoid dropping from a height over one metre. Besides, it should be managed properly to avoid detachment.

If concrete is arranged in restricted forms through borrows, buggies, cars, sort chutes or hand shoveling, it should be dependent on the requirement for vertical delivery of limited height to get rid of separation.

As soon as the concrete work starts, it should be continued unless the pour is finished. Concrete must be arranged in sequential horizontal layers with homogenous thickness varying from 150 mm to 900 mm. All these should be arranged quickly as possible to avoid the development of cold joints or planes of weakness amid each subsequent layers inside the pour.

The thickness of each layer must be maintained in such a manner so that it can be placed before the preceding layer that has been hardened. The bucket loads or other units of deposit should be identified gradually by the side of the face of the layer with such overlap so as to allow expanding the layer to homogeneous depth and texture containing least shoveling. If there is any chance for segregation, it must be rectified by shoveling stones into mortar instead of mortar onto stones. Such a condition should be adjusted by redesign of mix or other appropriate methods.

The top surface of each pour and bedding planes must be almost horizontal until conversely stipulated in drawings.

Some useful construction tips for placing concrete perfectly

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures – An exclusive ebook for civil & structural engineers

N. Subramanian has written an exclusive ebook alias “Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures”. This construction ebook is intended to fulfill the requirements of the students who desire to register their names with the undergraduate civil and structural engineering programs.

The book primarily focuses on the design of Reinforced Concrete Structures with emphasis on concrete properties, structural elemental designs together with compression and tension members, beams and slabs and flexure designing, shear torsion, uni-axial and biaxial bending and interaction amid such forces.

In each chapter there are solved examples, review questions, practice questions together with plentiful examples supported with brief texts, a massive list of addendums on strut-and-tie-method, soil properties, as well as realistic tips and tricks which enhance the intensity of the contents in the book.

Besides, there are discussions on chemical admixtures, water, mineral admixtures, cement hydration, concrete types, sifcon and simcon, ferrocement, steel reinforcing, corrosion of rebars, cube and cylinder tests which are given in Chapter 1. In chapter 2, there are topics like floor and roof systems, basic structural elements and other such associated studies.

The contents of the book adheres to the present Indian code of practice (IS 456: 2000). Some of the obsolete provisions are substituted with the American code provisions.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

12d Model can streamline the civil engineering, water engineering & land surveying process

12d Solutions is the developer of 12d Model. The most updated version is 12d Model 9.0 C2d. It is very useful for civil engineering, water engineering, land surveying as well as terrain modeling.

The software can be used for the following projects :-

• Roads
• Rail
• Channels
• Storage Tanks
• Sub-divisions
• Landscaping
• Major Pipelines
• Waste Water Reticulation
• Site Layouts
• Flood Modeling

• Environmental Impact Studies
• And Many More

12d Model contains easy-to-use screen menus and rapid interactive graphics and the users will be able to explore with any design without any difficulty. The software facilitates the users to visualize & accomplish complicated surveying & civil design projects.

The 12d Model software supports Windows XP, VISTA & 7 (including PC Notebooks). The 12d Model Practise Version is a special 5, 000 point version that doesn’t contain any output options or plot outputs. Still, users can plot to a model to preview any plots.

12d Model can streamline the civil engineering, water engineering & land surveying process

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Snappii offers some useful construction apps to perform various construction activities efficiently

Now construction professionals use smart phones extensively to complete their tasks in jobsite. Various Apple or Android Apps are used to accomplish all the tasks like Construction Daily Log, Estimating, Operations and Tasks management, Equipment Inspection etc. associated with the construction.

Snappii, the leading developer of various robust ready-made construction apps, offers more than 200 business apps in Apple and Google Appstore which can be downloaded at free of cost. Besides, these apps can be fully customized according to the requirements of various construction companies.

Given below the details of these apps :-

Construction Manager app ( – It is useful for construction managers to perform the following tasks :

• manage construction projects
• produce basic estimates
• trace working hours
• update and trace the advancement of project
• create certain calculations, etc.

Construction Daily Log app – It facilitates the employees to perform the following tasks :

• produce and report daily work logs
• asses the completed amount of work
• Receive push notifications with suitable alerts, etc.

Construction Blueprints and Drawings mobile app – With this app, the users can perform the following tasks :-

• Instantly include project photos, notes, drawings and save on the device
• generate a database of projects
• draw a project initially
• Talk about ideas and experience in a community forum.

Construction Estimator and Bidding app – These apps are useful for contractors, service companies, salespeople and estimators to execute the following tasks :

• Instantly produce on-site estimates for construction and repair projects
• estimate material, labor, subcontract and other costs required to finish a construction project
• Perform all the calculations, to obtain the complete estimated project cost when all the data is entered in.

Construction Change Order app – It is used to perform the following tasks :-

• make change orders on the spots
• create a list of supervisors
• allocate orders to them
• pursue supervisor's feedback and projected modifications in case of rejections.

Construction Calculator app – It consists of a series of valuable calculators which can be utilized in the construction jobsite offline. The app can apply US feet and European meters and the metrics can be simply included through the app settings.

Construction Equipment Inspection app – This app can deal with construction equipment. The app is applied to perform instant mobile inspections and preserve equipment in suitable condition as well as offer great solution for equipments inventory.

Track Construction Equipment app – It is intended for making an inventory of construction equipment, trace whether this equipment is utilized in a construction site or not. By applying scanning bar codes or keywords, users will be able to include new construction equipment or explore with the database of the existing items.

All these construction apps are available for free download from Apple and Google Play Stores.

To avail more helpful apps, visit

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

“Build Your Own House” – An outstanding construction e-book by Carl Heldmann

Carl Heldmann published an exceptional ebook alias ‘Build your own house”. This construction e-book will guide you for constructing a new house as well as reforming your home, developing a home addition and cost estimation for constructing a house or developing a home addition.

This construction book contains 85 Pages and numerous color photos. The book will improve your skills to become an efficient general contractor. The book will cover the following topics :-

• From where to start.
• How to choose land to develop any building.

• How to adopt House Plans.
• How to study House Plans.
• How to set up a Home Building Budget.
• How to figure out cost estimation for developing your home.
• How to discover good subcontractors.
• How to deal with and reimburse your subcontractors.
• How to get a reduction on home building materials.
• How to develop a home through step by step process.
• How to procure home construction loans.

This informative Home Building eBook will cost $9.95, but it can be downloaded at free of cost for a limited time period.

Build Your Own House

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

QuoteExpress Sheet Metal On-Screen 3.0

Kerry Brainard comes up with a useful construction video for construction professionals that teaches you how to input of pdf files onscreen as well as estimate material and labor cost through QuoteExpress Sheet Metal On-Screen 3.0 developed by Quote Software Inc.

Watch the following demo video that focuses on how it works.

QuoteExpress Sheet Metal On-Screen 3.0

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Some useful construction tips for installing brick cladding toward a drainage cavity wall

This construction video will highlight step by step processes to set up brick cladding for a drainage cavity wall.

Brick cladding refers to an outer facing in support of a structure that is formed with brick. Cladding generally contains the outer coating of a building, the layer of a structure that safeguards the inward. Brick cladding is developed for the purpose of shedding and preventing water to stop the flow of water to the internal framing of the building. This resists the possibility of damage to the framing due to mold and mildew. It also keeps water away from entering the inside of the structure, maintaining the interior dry.

Cladding is also useful for consuming some impacts, and to offer some insulation. The various layers of a building are formed partly to trap air and maintain temperature unchanging by making an insulating block. If the layers of insulation are increased, the requirement for managing climate will be decreased as the climate control is developed with the structure. Impacts like high winds and collisions with object can also be consumed partly through the cladding that in turns safeguards the structural elements of a building.

Some useful construction tips for installing brick cladding

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Monday, February 15, 2016

How to design a singly reinforcement concrete beam with RCM

This construction video shows the functionalities of RCM, a handy software for designing singly reinforcement concrete beam.

RCM is an adaptable and widely recognized tool for the structural engineers to create the design of various types of reinforced concrete members based on ACI318M-11 Code and other ACI Standards like ACI350M-06, ACI244R-01, CRSI-2008 etc.

The RCM can be used for providing complete through design reports containing full formulas and exemplifying figures just close to manual calculation.

The complete detailed reports transform RCM design engine to an open book, so the engineer can smoothly certify and authorize them. RCM reports allow the engineers to learn ACI Code thoroughly.

reinforcement concrete beam with RCM

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Updated Construction / Civil Engineering Newsletter

Mix design plays an important role in civil construction works. In order to obtain the perfect quantity of any construction site, use this user-friendly concrete mix design spreadsheet...

The online construction calculators facilitate the building contractor to make cost estimation instantly in the jobsite for different types of construction materials associated with a...

Vink System Design & Analysis has developed an exclusive construction tool alias HertzWin calculator that can be used for Hertzian stress calculations. This construction calculator...

Alex Tomanovich has developed BASEPLT9. It is an excel based construction program that can be used for structural analysis specially for analyzing steel column base plates...

A pile cap belongs to a mat that is placed on groups of piles and included in the part of foundation. Given below the details of pile cap design, shape, and dimensions...

When you develop a new home or go for home or room extension as well as renovate your home, use a cost estimating spreadsheet that will be useful for you to measure building costs...

Materials and Machinery utilized: Batching plant, Transit mixer, Concrete pump, Vibrators, Chute and CI Pipes. Scope of the work: Labeling the slab, Setting the reinforcement...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing 2016 – Tools and basic workflows

Be with the toolset and functionalities of SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing 2016. Also learn how to generate the 2D reinforcement drawings for a concrete beam out of 3d models through Autodesk Revit.

With SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing, it becomes easier to produce 2D reinforcement sheets from 3d models rapidly.

It contains software and set of families which can be adjusted to abide by the local or company standard. Formation of bar lists, bending schedule and cut lists for wire meshes are also contained.

The users can download a 30-days free trial version that can be updated to a single user license compatible with Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2016 for 549 USD (excluding tax).

Automatic structural steel fabrication system

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sage Construction Project Center and Sage Bid Management – New cloud based solutions for construction professionals

Sage North America, a trusted name in providing solution with various business management software and services for small and medium businesses, just introduced Sage Construction Project Center and Sage Bid Management. Both are new cloud-based solutions to facilitate the construction companies for handling and collaborating any construction project in a superior manner.

If the collaboration process becomes superior, the project team members can save huge time and cost. Besides, the quality of project is also improved. But it becomes difficult for the constractors, to maintain perfect project collaboration amid various project stakeholders.

By applying these toolset, the project team members will be able to undertake action instantly. It will save huge time and provide support to the team member for being more organized, competent, well-informed and competitive.

Sage Construction Project Center is like a cloud-based center from where the project team members can smoothly collaborate as well as distribute information and ensure that each integrates with other and thus the project is accomplished as per the most updated plans. Here the process is automated for allocating document and tracking which make the communications better and allows quicker approvals to maintain projects on schedule. Audit trails decrease confusion and finger pointing for a more responsible project team. Once the project is completed, as-built project data will be handed over to the project owner to facilitate the persistent maintenance of the finished building.

Sage Bid Management facilitates the estimators and bid coordinators to deal with all phases of the bid process in an efficient manner together with maintaining a complete and up-to-date bidders list via a single cloud-based location. The information for Bid package and updates are to all subcontractors instantly. Subcontractors will be able to post their bids also, simplify the process for tracing all the bids coming in and the dates, time and diverse versions. Consequently, contractors will obtain a greater response from bidders and get adequate time to assess and pick the best bids. The system also tracks subcontractor certification and qualifications to minimize risk and ensure the most suitable sub or vendor is chosen.

Both solutions will operate individually and incorporated with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate, so to avoid reprocessing of project information. This amalgamation facilitates assigned bids to be converted into subcontracts which can be exploded into numerous line items for project management and for job cost tracking and payment. Basic information allotted ranges from extras, cost codes and categories together with project information like estimates, commitments, costs and revenue.

Sage Construction Project Center and Sage Bid Management will be showcased at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, February 2-5, 2016, at booth #C3337.

To get more updates, visit or call 800-628-6583.

Sage Construction Project Center and Sage Bid Management

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time lapse construction video for a prefabricated modular house

This is a time lapse construction video on developing a prefabricated modular house.

A prefabricated building alias a prefab building, is a kind of building that is constructed with various factory-built components or units. These components are fabricated on-site to accomplish the unit. In recent times, various types of "green" materials are utilized for developing these prefab houses.

One can easily chose among diverse eco-friendly finishes and wall systems. Because these homes are constructed in parts, a home owner can conveniently insert supplementary rooms as well as solar panels to the roofs. Many prefab houses can be tailored according to particular location & climate as required by clients. So, prefab homes become much more flexible.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Automatic structural steel fabrication system

This construction video shows the detailed process for structural steel fabrication automatically. Steel fabrication is the process for developing metal structures through cutting, bending, and assembling processes.

It is a value added procedures that engrosses the construction of machines and structures out of several raw materials. A fabrication shop will bid on a job, generally on the basis of the engineering drawings, And if the contract is alloted the project will be built up by the contraftor.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

SCAD Office 21.1 is useful for perfect structural design

SCAD Soft launched SCAD Office 21.1 to simplify structural design process. This construction program only supports windows platform. With integrated graphics environment useful for developing a design as well as evaluating its analysis results, the users will be able to model any simple or complicated structure.

Superior processing core facilitates the users to find out solutions concerning large dimension (hundreds of thousands freedom degrees) in linear and geometric non-linear formation.

There is an extensive library containing finite elements for modeling bar, plate, solid and combined structures, modules of stability analysis, building design stress combinations, verifying stressed state of structural elements in accordance with several failure theories, determining forces through which a fragment provides an effect the complete structure, measuring forces and displacement due to loading combinations. The system also takes in routines for selecting reinforcement for ferroconcrete structural elements and for validating cross-sections of steelwork structural elements.

Program-satellites for analysis and design of structural elements

COMET – design of joints of steel structures based on SNiP and DBN
• KRISTALL – assessment and analysis of steel structural elements based on SNiP, DBN, Eurocode 3 (together with the analysis of the damaged structures)
• ARBAT – Analysis and reinforcement selection for reinforced concrete structural elements based on SNiP
• COMEIN – Analysis of masonry and reinforced masonry structural elements according to SNiP and DBN.
• MONOLIT – Design of in-situ ribbed floors
• WEST (wind, snow, temperature) – analysis based on SNiP and DBN
• CROSS – Calculation of subsoil parameters on the basis of geotechnical investigations
• ZAPROS – Analysis of soil and foundation members based on SNiP and DBN
• DECOR – Assessment of timber structural elements based on SNiP and DBN
• SLOPE – Stability analysis of slopes.

Programs for building cross-sections and the analysis of their geometrical characteristics

• Section Builder – Development of built-up cross-sections and the analysis of their characteristics
• CONSUL – Creation and analysis of arbitrary cross-sections of bar elements
• SEZAM – equivalent cross-section selection
• TONUS – Development of thin-wall cross-sections and the analysis of their characteristics.

SCAD Office 21.1

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