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Important Points to Remember for Eccentric Footing, Cantilever Footing or Shoe Footing

Some days ago I have posted a Picture of an eccentric isolated foundation and I asked my fans on facebook that whether it is right to place an isolated column foundation like this or not? As a result I have got some very useful and insightful comments of my fans which i though I must share with you on the subject of eccentric footing, cantilever footing or shoe footing. After seeing this picture…
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Are diaphragms necessary in the design of concrete box girder bridges?

Diaphragms are adopted in concrete box girder bridges to transfer loads from bridge decks to bearings. Since the depth of diaphragms normally exceeds the width by two times, they are usually designed as deep beams. However, diaphragms may not be necessary in case bridge bearings are placed directly under the webs because loads in bridge decks can be directly transferred to the bearings based on…
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In the design of a simply supported skew bridge, which direction of reinforcement should be provided?

In the conventional design of steel reinforcement for a simply supported skew bridge, a set of reinforcement is usually placed parallel to free edge while the other set is designed parallel to the fixed edge. However, this kind of arrangement is not the most efficient way of placing the reinforcement. The reason is that in some parts of the bridge, the moment of resistance is provided by an obtuse…
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Treatment of dampness in walls in many ways

Dampness is the cause, reason and initiator of many defects and diseases in all sorts of construction from roads and transport systems to building and housing facilities. It might be a headache for you in rainy season and it might not let you sleep easily because of the danger and consequences of its presence. This post will let you know how to treat if your walls or building is being effected by…
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What is Pile cut-off Level? Pile Foundation

As per the definition, the pile cut off level is the elevation up to which the concrete of the pile head is chipped or cut off while exposing rebar. It is an important design parameter in case of pile foundation that allows the rebar of pile to embed in pile cap and…
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Practical Civil Engineering Works Questions and Answers by Vincent T.H. CHU

Working in the field as a civil engineer is sometimes very challenging. The diversity in the conditions and nature of job from project to project varies. The extent of variation is such that even if you belongs to one major category like transportation engineering your every single project will have hundreds of unique happenings and hundreds of unique challenges. @import…
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50+ Civil Engineering Materials MCQs

Civil Engineering Materials includes the introduction as well as detailed characteristics of various structural and construction materials used throughout the world, like timber, steel, concrete, bricks, cement etc. Here are 50+ multiple choice questions (mcqs) related to…