One of the most famous ships in history, the Titanic, is getting re-born in the form of a full size replica, which will serve as a tourist attraction for residents and visitors of China. The original ship, which hit an iceberg in 1912, causing it to sink, was the subject of the record breaking film, also named the Titanic, in 1997. According to NPR, a replica about 90% of the size of the original was built for the movie, but later sunk after filming was completed.
Before construction started on this soon-to-be tourist attraction, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer was attempting to build a full-scale replica in order to travel and complete the route the original Titanic was attempting to. That project has since been delayed, allowing the China based construction company Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group the chance to complete the first full sized remake. The company hopes to get as close to the original design as possible, even down to the materials. NPR reports that the group does not intend to build every room in the ship, but there will be several interior rooms that visitors will be able to tour.
The new ship is already under construction and is expected to be complete by the end of 2017. The 882 feet (269m) long by 92 feet (28m) wide ship has a budget of $145 million, but already appears to be over budget. Among the interior rooms to receive replicas will be the ballroom, a theater, a pool, and some first-class cabins. This version of the ship has no plans to set sail, however, and it will remain in its permanent location.
The video below, by New China TV, shows some of the work that has already taken place.
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.
Late last year, crane manufacturer, Sarens, announced that their brand new – and enormous – crane, was ready to be sent off to it’s first job. After several months of prep, the Sarens SGC-250 has finally made it onto its intended jobsite and is ready to lift.
For the past few years, tool manufacturers have been making cordless tools possible that no one thought could be done. We now have battery powered table saws, 12” miter saws, even battery powered pipe threaders. But one thing that no one has done yet, until now, is a battery powered worm drive circular saw.
It’s no secret that the construction workforce is dominated by men, but women are slowly increasing their numbers in recent years as gender barriers continue to be knocked down. With construction jobs expected to continue to grow over the next few years, women will play a significant role in filling job openings.
Construction employers are legally responsible for following and enforcing safety regulations on their jobsites. If caught not abiding by these rules and failing to keep workers safe, an OSHA violation and fine can follow. Recently, however, several contractors are also facing criminal charges following employee deaths on their jobsites.
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
A little over 3 years ago, reports surfaced that San Francisco’s luxury high rise, the Millennium Tower, has been consistently sinking and tilting since it was completed in 2009. Lawsuits have been underway for years involving dozens of lawyers from many different parties, but an expert panel has just approved a $100 million plan to keep the building from sinking and tilting any further.
If you are looking for the right scaffolding for your construction project, you will need to consider the choice of scaffolding available to you. However, there is one type of scaffolding that is chosen for a number of different projects because of the benefits that come with it. This kind of scaffolding is Mobile Scaffolding and regardless of whether you are working on a roof or working on the brickwork of a building, they are often a great choice.
Unless you work on infrastructure and some other specialty structures, you’ve probably always wondered how underwater structures are built. It’s always admittedly been a bit of a mystery to me, as I only encounter relatively small amounts of water on my retail construction sites. Some dewatering here and there or a small creek relocation can add some difficulty to a project, but they’re manageable.
As large of an industry as the construction industry is and with the amount of characters that I’ve met in my career, I’ve always been surprised at the lack of television programming covering large building projects. The Construction Channel, an online new media company, is taking matters into their own hands and has recently released episodes of a documentary series called “Six Figures, No Suits” (SFNS)