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The Importance of Welded Wire Fabric

April 15, 2020 4:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In numerous construction processes, welded wire fabric is used as reinforcement to add to the strength of slabs and ensure a stronger, more stable overall construction. There are a variety of advantages associated with the use of welded wire fabric or reinforcing bars in a slab on grade in Indiana. Here are just a few examples of these primary advantages: Crack control: By adding welded wire fabric reinforcement within a slab, it will prevent cracks from forming and opening up farther. The cracks can be a result of shrinkage during the drying process, or due to heavy loads that are... View Article

The Pros and Cons of Skyscrapers

April 2, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Skyscrapers are major undertakings that require complete conceptual design to ensure their aesthetic value and structural integrity. Whether you are building in Indiana or anywhere else in the United States or Canada, the benefits of skyscrapers are often apparent in the “wow” factor, although there are disadvantages as well. Here is an overview of the pros and cons of skyscrapers. The benefits of skyscrapers Skyscrapers are the best way to have as much work or retail space in as few city blocks as possible. Height creates space in dense cities, and large cities like New York and Chicago are notable... View Article

Overcoming Vortex Shedding in Skyscrapers

March 19, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Vortex shedding is the oscillating flow of air or water as it goes past a bluff, rather than a streamlined body. As skyscrapers are rarely streamlined, this causes excessive force that could lead to structural damage. In fact, it is a likely factor in the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Skyscraper vortex shedding is an issue that must be addressed during design and construction in Indiana and beyond. Here is an overview of vortex shedding and ways to overcome it. Effect of vortices Everyone has seen a vortex. The swirling currents in rivers and streams and the flow... View Article

Concrete vs. Steel: Which to Choose?

March 12, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to commercial construction, two major building materials reign supreme: concrete and steel. When it comes down to it, if you’re going to construct a new building for nearly any purpose, one of your first (and most critical) choices is to build your structure from concrete or steel. The debate over the merits of these two materials rages on. Still, in a side-by-side comparison, there’s almost no debate about which is the better choice: steel. In fact, there are so many benefits of steel construction in Indiana that it’s hard to know where to begin. Fight back against... View Article

What Determines the Timeline for Steel Building Construction?

February 27, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are so many incredible benefits to having your own steel structure constructed. They offer lower long-term maintenance costs. Steel buildings provide fantastic insulation, which lowers energy costs year-round. Structures made of steel also see lower month-over-month insurance costs because they’re naturally resistant to disasters like fires, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. Yes, there are so many reasons to love quality steel structures that it’s only natural to want yours erected as soon as possible. You may need to be patient, however, because building a steel structure is no easy feat. The amount of time it takes depends on several factors.... View Article