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Effects of Diesel Contamination on the Engineering Properties of Natural Soils

Soil contamination is a serious problem and major environmental problem worldwide. Oil contamination of soils can occur as a result of oil drilling and...

Functions and Types of Bearings for Contemporary Bridges

Bearings are ancillary bridge components that facilitate the transfer of traffic actions, permanent actions, and other environmental actions from the bridge deck down to...

Difference Between Pile Load Test and Pile Integrity Test

Pile foundations are slender structures used to transmit superstructure load to firmer sub-soil stratum beneath the natural ground surface. They can also be used...

High Temperature Behaviour of Concrete Produced with Desert Sand

There has always been some issues with the use of desert sand as a construction material due to the fact that it is too...

TMT Reinforcements Can Change Design Specifications in Nigeria

Nigeria’s reinforcement market is usually categorised into ‘local’ and ‘foreign’ reinforcements which are priced differently in the market. Local reinforcements are manufactured in the...

Coefficient of Thermal Expansion of Concrete

Coefficient of thermal expansion is defined as the change in unit length per degree of temperature change. In a concrete element, it is therefore...

IStructE to hold Webinar on Structural Uses of Stone

The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) will be organising a webinar on the structural uses of stone. Stones are naturally occurring rocks of igneous,...

Compaction Pressure of Machines on Retaining Walls

In the construction of earth retaining structures, it is very common to excavate the area, construct the earth retaining structure, backfill with the recommended...

Standards for Highway Materials in Nigeria

Earth materials are extensively utilised for highway construction in Nigeria. It has been recognised that high quality lateritic soils which are abundant in Nigeria...

The West African Standard Compaction Test

The West African Standard (WAS) compaction test is a type of compaction procedure that utilises intermediate compaction energy (compactive effort) for densification of soils....

Building collapse – Have you exhausted your factors of safety?

The aftermath of any building collapse is usually horrendous, and the experience is an ugly one for everybody concerned. Human lives might be lost,...

Cement Standards and Applications in Nigeria

Cement is one of the most popular construction materials in Nigeria, and has been extensively utilised in civil engineering works such as building construction,...

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