One of the best resources to an engineer is having a good relationship with the manufacturers of the products that you use or design with on your projects. A good manufacturer will have intimate knowledge of their products, the codes they are required to conform to, as well as identifying issues that may be outside…

What to wear to an interviewIt is getting to that time of year when you many new engineering graduates are finishing off their studies and are now either looking for jobs or getting ready to start their job in the new year. Once again I have turned to Edge Recruitment for some advice on what…

Ethics and watermelons. What do watermelons have to do with ethics? Let me tell you a story. Whilst undertaking my Civil Engineering Degree at Adelaide University I had a part time job at a local supermarket. I was working mainly weekends, at which time I was the weekend supervisor/manger of the small store. It came…

Some of the entries for the 2017 Concrete Excellence Award.Photo by John Woodside I attended Concrete 2017 held on the 22-25 October in Adelaide this year. This conference is a biennial event which brings together global leaders in the concrete industry and presents all aspects of concrete material and structures – design, research, construction, maintenance…

As it is starting to get to the pointy end of the year, many University students will be busy with heads down while trying to cram for exams. Exams are not something I miss. I wish all those going through it at the moment the best of luck and more importantly the best of memory….

Well if you are like me you social media feed has been inundated with news about Lisa Wilkinson for quitting her role on channel 9’s Today show and taking up a role with channel 10 all because she wasn’t being paid the equivalent of her male counterpart Karl Stefanovic. In fact it has been reported…

Reading drawings is a funny term, how can you read a drawing? Well as the saying goes ‘A picture says a thousand words’. The art of reading a drawing is often something that is not formally taught but rather something that is learnt on the job. To help assist with some of the aspects of…

The Australian Standard AS/NZS1170.2 Structural Design Actions – Wind actions, nominates the zones within Australia that are considered to be cyclonic and non-cyclonic zones. These two zones require different test regimes for cladding products to be tested against. For determining wind capacity in non-cyclonic zones cladding materials need to be tested to meet the static…

Thin gauge cold formed metal profiles are prone to oil canning. Oil canning is the caused by the internal stresses in the material and appears as a waviness in the profiles surface. It is not normally of structural concern however it may cause concern with the aesthetics of the material. It is not possible to…

I have been trying to start writing blogs for months now but I have reached a stumbling block and haven’t been able to get started. Why is that, I feel I have so much to say? Well I think it comes down to the simple unavoidable truth, fear! I have written technical literature for many,…