Varieties Of Cement Construction In San Diego

Varieties Of Cement Construction In San DiegoWhen discussing the different types of cement construction, we should mention that there are many theories on how to categorize them according to design or application:

According to duration: Permanent structures (will last till the end of time), Semi-permanent (can be taken apart and reassembled), Temporary (can be demolished with little effort).

According To Structure: Framed Structures, Shell Structures

We will focus on the last category in this article. The structure in which a building is composed in order for it to withstand load is known as ‘structure’ in structural engineering terms. A common misconception is that all buildings are constructed using concrete, but when broken down into its fundamental parts, one can see that there are various types of constructions depending upon the way different components are placed within each other.

Regarding concrete construction, it starts by placing concrete foundations at the lowest level, where all loads are transferred onto them through beams and columns. At this point, we should mention the work of Mr. Robert Maillart and his revolutionary idea of placing horizontal elements such as beams and floor slabs on top of vertical columns in order to form a triangulated system. This meant that each column had more depth and capacity; it no longer acted like a stiff ‘pillar’ only providing support for its directly above element (e.g., Floor slab).

Set Of Bearings

Following that is the second level, which has more load-bearing components called beams, and finally, at the top of the third level, we find another set of bearings known as ‘flooring system.’ Since the floors are not bearing any weight from above them except their own, they can be made out of non-structural materials such as wood, bamboo, or even steel.

When designing a building with the cement construction method, the first step is to determine which ‘method of construction will be used. There are various methods, but we will discuss the most common two: Column framed and Grid framed.

A column-framed structure tends to be more sturdy due to its high stiffness since columns run throughout the height of all floors; this means that if our beam spans across many levels (or even between buildings), it can carry a heavy load without buckling easily. This design works well for tall, slender buildings where wind tunnels around top floors would make grid-framed designs shaky. However, they tend to cost more due to needing long beams spanning across all levels. Another important point is that the horizontal beams in column-framed structures are necessary to be as deep as their supporting columns, if not even deeper.


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