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Configuration management: An overview

Configuration management is a systems engineering technique first developed in the Cold War, to control US military projects. It was conceived to prevent common project afflictions of scope creep, poor documentation, and undisciplined change to a product (the output of a project) throughout its lifecycle. At its core, it creates a comparison between product requirements, product documentation, and end product. This comparison collectively reflects the configuration of the ...

Crossrail: Overview and Paddington station design and optimisation

Introduction [caption id="attachment_43190" align="alignright" width="300"] Fig 1: Crossrail route and connections[/caption] Crossrail is delivering a new east-west railway across London, to be named the Elizabeth line when it is opened. It will provide a high-frequency, high capacity service linking 40 stations over 118km, from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It increases central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent and creates new ...

Construction projects and soft logic? Time for some hard talk

Seán FitzSimons investigates hard and soft logic links in construction projects and makes the case for avoiding the use of soft‐logic without any consideration for resources. Whether preparing a programme, administering a contract or reviewing the administration of a contract, it is important to understand the differences between hard and soft logic. Hard logic refers to relationships between activities that cannot be altered, while soft logic refers to relationships between activities ...

Building conservation, seismic engineering and post-disaster reconstruction: An overview

In spring 2018, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland in association with DIT, hosted a Seismic Summit at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices. This event was part of 'Build Solid Ground', a three-year project funded by the EU which aims to inform and actively engage citizens in actions towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11. Alfonso Ramirez Marchena, Arup, provides a personal account of the event and some key insights shared by the speakers regarding ...

Claridges Hotel: Construction of the five-storey 'iceberg' basement

Introduction Claridges Hotel is currently undergoing major civil engineering works but to those residing in one of the five-star suites or relishing their afternoon tea in the foyer, it appears very much business as usual with only a small gantry located to the rear of the hotel that might indicate that there was any form of construction works taking place. [caption id="attachment_42511" align="alignright" width="225"] Figure 1[/caption] However, while the hotel has continued to ...

From engineering to the end line, it's all in a week's work for Mayo's Tom Parsons

From a young age, Tom Parsons had an interest in all things STEM: whether it was science, technology, engineering or maths. “I studied engineering at Sligo IT [BSc in civil engineering] and, when I graduated from there in 2010, I went on to DIT to do a master's degree [in Energy Management (MSc)]," he says. "I was always interested in construction, construction management and engineering. Any part-time job I had as a kid was in construction." Following graduation in 2012, Parsons had to ...

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