What is the Engineering Design Process?

What is the Engineering Design Process?

The engineering design process is a crucial concept to understand engineering and the engineering mindset. However, people doing research on the Internet may find it strange that there are different versions of this process. Some champion a brief model with as few as four steps, while others propose a 12-step process. Faced with these diverging…

Roman bridges like the Pont du Gard in France are early marvels of engineering.

The Amazing History Behind Roman Bridges

While bridges are structures essential to modern life, their origins date back to antiquity. Egyptians, Minoans, and Assyrians developed techniques to build bridges. However, it was with the Romans that bridge construction reached a degree of excellence that almost defies belief. Bridges and bridge building were part and parcel of life in Ancient Rome. The…

Thanks to Portland cement, concrete became a signature construction material.

What Is Portland Cement?

People tend to use the terms “cement” and “concrete” interchangeably; however, they are different materials. Cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mix of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel, while the paste consists of water and Portland cement. But what is Portland cement? Read on to learn more…

Tilt-ups offer many advantages compared to competing construction methods.

What Is Tilt-Up Construction?

The term “tilt-up” was coined in the 1940’s to refer to a construction method that is quick and cost-effective and eliminates the formwork that is necessary for pour-in-place concrete walls. An Apt Term As you will see, the name is quite apt, since this construction method entails casting slabs of concrete horizontally on the construction…

A project has three basic elements

What Is a Project?

Most people believe they have a basic understanding of what a project is. After all, the term is commonly used in a wide array of situations, from building bridges to creating a new operative system or designing a piece of furniture. But, as it often happens, things become more complicated when we ask questions. For…

The history of concrete dates back to the beginnings of civilization

The Fascinating History of Concrete

From small, domestic jobs to massive projects, concrete is everywhere. In fact, it’s the most widely used construction material in the world, In strictly technical terms it consists of a hard, particulate substance bonded together by cement and water. The mix is simple: sand, gravel, water and Portland cement. But behind this simplicity lies a…

3 Common Questions About Engineering Design

The 4 Phases of a Project Life Cycle

The concept  of “project” is wide-ranging and includes everything from creating a marketing strategy for a small business to building a bridge. Although apparently these two projects could not be more different, the underlying framework is the same. In fact, project management provides a four-phase process to ensure that any kind of project is completed…