Midnight In The Desert — construction

Bulldozers Battle on Chinese Street

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Bulldozers Battle on Chinese Street

Over the weekend rival Chinese construction companies battled it out in a full metal deathmatch. An unnamed source told the Chongqing Morning Post that the clashes were between bulldozer drivers working for two truck service firms who were in intense competition for clients. According to the Guardian: The construction workers were from two companies competing for business, Xu Feng, a local government spokesman in Hebei province’s Xingtang county, said on Monday. He said he couldn’t disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation was concluded. China’s construction sector has fallen on hard times, with growth down by two-thirds from...

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China builds complete 57-story skyscraper in record 19 days

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China builds complete 57-story skyscraper in record 19 days

Xian Min Zhang sent us the latest time-lapse video of the construction of his latest building: A 57-floor 2-million-square-foot (180,000-square-meter) skyscraper fully built with energy-efficient, factory-produced Lego-like blocks. He claims that they are now building these at a record three floors per day! The company keeps increasing their building speed and size of these buildings at an impressive rate. It is still not the 220-story skyscraper they claimed they were going to build, but it is amazing nonetheless. via Gizmodo.

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Look Out Below: Why bolts on London’s Cheesegrater tower are dropping to the ground?

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Look Out Below: Why bolts on London’s Cheesegrater tower are dropping to the ground?

The news that a third bolt has fallen from the new Leadenhall Building (popularly known as ‘The Cheesegrater’) in the City of London has caused consternation among those involved, coupled with a surge of interest what’s causing it. This latest incident follows the similar failure of two bolts in November last year, just four months after the building was completed. “It’s very difficult to do non-destructive testing for bolts that might have tiny cracks because the nature of a bolt is that it has many tiny cracks built into it” – Paul Lambert, technical director of Materials and Corrosion Engineering...

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