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Structural Use of Bamboo Series – The Structural Engineer

img_3005Those with access to the Institute of Structural Engineers’ (ISE) primary publication; The Structural Engineer, have been treated to a 5 part feature series which aims to summarise current knowledge and best practice on the structural use of bamboo.

The in-depth technical articles will be covering bamboo introductory information, durability and preservation, design values, element design equations, and connections.

The BEC Team have just finished with Octobers’ edition, which covered the various bugs, fungi and termite attacks to which bamboo is particularly prone. Keeping bamboo off the ground and dry appears to be the best way to preserve it pre-installation, and once installed treatment with boron (for internal applications) or modern copper based wood preservatives (for exterior applications) are the best methods of preventing damage and decay.

Those interested can purchase the magazine online here, otherwise swing by our office for a coffee and take a peek at ours!

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Move over Malcolm Turnbull, BE Collective moves into Kirribilli

img_6217We’re excited to announce the relocation of our Sydney operation from Glebe to Kirribilly. This positions us closer to existing clients and the heart of the city, and also puts us in ideal proximity for political satire… (if we ever get any spare time).  

This move heralds the re-invigoration of BE Collective’ Sydney operations, with a renewed focus on work in the city.

Know anyone who could use our help in Sydney?
Drop us a line.

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BE Collective Touch-Down at Engineering Awards!

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We’re thrilled to announce that this year the Built Environment Collective were nominated for two awards on behalf of Engineers Australia as a part of the QLD Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. Our work on the Australian Embassy in Ethiopia was awarded a High Commendation in the Small Business and Projects category (the best result in the category), and was also noticed in the Buildings and Structures category.  

As you can see from the pictures, we had a great night! Thanks to Engineers Australia for hosting, it’s great to feel appreciated. See you again next time!

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Art in Architecture, the Creatives’ Concrete Cave

brutal_00Pedro Reyes and his wife Carla Fernández are perhaps the epitome of the creative couple. From melting down guns and moulding then into shovels, to enabling the design and development of craft techniques in indigenous communities, the couple have etched their name into artistic history.

More recently, they have been focused on the design and build of their new home in Coyoacán, Mexico. Reyes’ background in architecture is plain to see throughout the home, as is the couples appreciation and love for ancient Mexican art, history and culture.

We’re big believers in off form concrete, so it’s exciting to see others sharing our passion, especially those with such impressive stylistic-credentials!

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