CAD Drawing

Over the past 35 years, we’ve progressed from slide rules and drafting tables to sophisticated Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) systems including Autocad and Microstation.

One thing that has not changed is the pleasure of having a few drinks with friends and colleagues.

This CAD drawing is a ‘engineer’ bar tender’s best friend…

This was sent to me by fellow engineer Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne. Thanks Ray for sharing… Cheers!

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Computational Words Of Wisdom

We have a special gift for you today, courtesy of fellow engineers Ray Keefe of Successful Endeavours in Melbourne and The Exponential Growth Strategist, Dr Marc Dussault.

It’s called Computational Words Of Wisdom and you can download it by clicking on the hyperlink.

Enjoy!

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Amazing Buildings

As Sydney’s premier civil engineers and surveyors, we work on a wide range of projects, but this list of beautiful buildings collected by Dr Marc Dussault, is worth having a look at… Click on the URL to access the Antimimeticisomorphism site and then select “Cool Photos” and then “Beautiful Buildings“.

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Beautiful Building from Antimimeticisomorphism Site

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Big Holes

As Engineers and Surveyors, we’re always fascinated with engineering and natural marvels. This series of images makes you take notice of really BIG HOLES!

Really Big Hole #1 - Kimberley Big Hole, South Africa

Apparently, this is the largest ever hand-dug excavation in the  world. It’s a 1,097 meter deep mine that yielded over three tons of diamonds before being closed. That’s a lot of bling!

Engineering Phenomenon - Diamond Mine

Big Holes - Kimberley - South Africa

Really Big Hole #2 - Glory Hole, Monticello Dam, California

This is the largest in the world of this type of spillway. Its size enabling it to consume 14,400 cubic feet of water every second.  A glory hole is used when a dam is at full capacity and water needs to be drained from the reservoir.

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Big Holes - Monticello Dam, California

Really Big Hole #3 - Great Blue Hole, Belize

This   incredible geographical phenomenon known as a blue hole is situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize. There are numerous blue holes around the  world but none as stunning as this one.

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Big Holes - Blue Hole Belize

Really Big Hole #4 – Sinkhole, Guatemala

This  photo  is of a sinkhole that occurred February  2007 in Guatemala. It swallowed two dozen homes and killed at least three  people.

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Big Holes - Sink Hole, Guatamala

Really Big Hole #5 – Rat Hole, Canberra

This financial sink hole is capable of swallowing millions of dollars of tax payers’ money annually, never to be seen again! It is reputed to contain at least 226 ___holes of another kind.

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Big Rat Hole - Parliament House, Canberra, Australia

At Donovan Associates, we take your structural and civil engineering and surveying projects seriously, but also take the time from time to time to enjoy a good laugh as well as reflect on interesting and intriguing phenomena and projects like these.

 

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Geek Translation

Today’s blog post is light-hearted, but serious at the same time. It’s a document created by Dr Marc Dussault, The Exponential Growth Strategist who teaches engineers the art and science of clear communication, he humoristically calls it “Geek To English Translation”.

As engineers, we know all too well that we often get caught up in our technical lingo, syntax and acronyms. This 9-page document illustrates how we can all learn to communicate complex concepts in a clear and effective way.

Click here to download the Geek To English Translation document.

Enjoy and let us know what you think of this document by posting a comment below.

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Surveyor Video

At Donovan Associates, we take surveying very seriously, but this video was just too good we had to share it with you. Enjoy!

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Expect the best, but plan for the worst!

As we all saw with the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami recently, the saying rings true… “Expect the best, but plan for the worst.”

This image was sent to us by The Exponential Growth Strategist, Dr Marc Dussault who has many contributors to his interesting blogs.

This image is relevant to us as certified surveyors and civil/ structural engineers who always seek to plan for contingencies with the highest safety in mind.

Expect the best, but always plan for the worst

We thought you’d enjoy the creative element of this image that speaks volumes for the cause of prevention.

After all, as Dr Marc Dussault says

An ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of blood.”

 

 

 

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Engineering Construction Case Study: Chinese Hotel Built In 6 Days

Some things have to be seen to be believed… This is one of them.

Imagine going on a week-long vacation and coming home to a fully built new hotel on your street. You might think you were in the wrong neighborhood. You might even think you left your memory behind back at the beach.

For the residents of the central Chinese city of Changsha, this is exactly what happened. In November 2010. Chinese engineers worked around the clock to build a complete 15 story hotel in only 6 days.

Not only was the Ark Hotel built in 6 days, it was also:

  • built with a thermal-insulated structure, and designed to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake ( the same strength as the one that just hit Japan in March 2011).
  • The structure is also filly sound proofed
  • The columns that hold up the building are built with prefabricated materials, so assembly is like a life-size Meccano set.
  • According to the Huffington Post, all of the materials were pre-fabricated, trucked to the site so site waste was minimized and construction speed maximised.
  • Perhaps the most impressive detail of all is that not one single construction worker was injured on the job… How’s that for project management under tight deadline?!?!

This video is well worth two minutes of your time, leaving you wondering what else is possible when you combine engineering expertise with flawless execution!

As a civil engineering firm in Parramatta, we’re open to new, innovative construction methods and project management challenges.

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Japanese Earthquake: Engineers Rebuild Highway In 6 Days!

Today’s post is timely because of the tragic circumstances of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. This BEFORE and AFTER photo says it all..

Someone once said
“what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger”

That being said, this is a testament to the Japanese people’s resilience and their engineering and construction expertise deployed with flawless execution.

As Civil Enginneers, we are sincerely impressed by the lighting-quick speed of construction, of course it helps when the government fast-tracks the approval process which often is a contributor to construction project delays.

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Engineers Have The Knack

Welcome to our brand new blog! We thought we’d launch it with a great video that we first saw on Dr Marc Dussault’s Professional Coaching And Mentoring Blog. We’ve placed it here for your enjoyment.

What It Feels Like To Be Diagnosed With ‘The Knack’

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