ANYWELD https://anyweld.co.uk Steelwork & Glass Specialists for Balconies, Balustrades, Staircases & Structural Components Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:06:23 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Can I Have a Balcony on My Home? https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/16/blog-balcony-home/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/16/blog-balcony-home/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 08:19:56 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=925 We answer some of the most common questions that are asked regarding installing a balcony on your home. We look at everything from planning permission to time scales!

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A balcony can be a fantastic addition to the home, providing you with some outdoor space to relax and unwind. But, in order to get one in the UK, you will almost certainly require planning permission. Balconies, verandas and other platforms that exceed 300mm are required to have planning permission.

However, it is important that this doesn’t stop you from getting the balcony of your dreams. Balconies can transform your home and are also desirable to future buyers. Yes, planning permission will add some costs to the work, but if the design is well thought out, it should be passed with no problem at all.

In this blog, we take a look at some of the frequently asked questions regarding getting a balcony.

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How Much Does it Cost to Submit a Planning Application?

Costs will vary depending on which region of the UK you are in, but as a general rule, a typical application to install one or more balconies on home would cost roughly £170 to £205.

Can I Avoid Getting Planning Permission?

If you were to opt for a Juliet style balcony, then you will not require planning permission as this isn’t regarded as a raised platform.

A Juliet balcony is also known as a false balcony because there is no flooring involved in the design. Instead, a railing is placed on the outside of a window opening that reaches the floor, so that when they are open, it gives the appearance of a balcony.

Although, There Are Some Exceptions:

  • If the Juliet balcony features any type of flooring, no matter how thin, then you will require planning permission.
  • If the property is listed or based within a conservation zone, it will almost certainly require planning permission.
  • If Juliet balconies are an uncommon feature in the local area, then you may need planning permission or be asked to move the balcony to the back of the property.
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What Will a Planning Officer be Looking At?

What a planning officer will be looking at will significantly depend on the local authority. The council should provide planning guidance on its website. But, some of the most common considerations for planning officers include:

Impact on Neighbours

While a balcony can be beneficial to you, it may be a hindrance for others. Some balconies can provide you with a view of neighbours’ gardens, and this can cause problems. It is best to position the balcony somewhere that can preserve their privacy. It is recommended to discuss your plans with them in advance to avoid any potential objections or problems in the future.

In Keeping with the Current Design and Period of the Property

If the balcony is designed well, then it should sit comfortably with the rest of the property. Particularly in conservation zones, some planning officers will ask for the balcony to be installed at the rear, to avoid any disruption to the appearance.

Balconies installed by ANY Weld

Loss of Light

If the balcony plans include a solid floor, then it can disrupt areas below and take away natural light and cause shadows.

Preventing Falls

In order to prevent any chances of accidents and falling, the railings must be at least 1,100mm high and designed so that a sphere with a 100mm diameter cannot pass through any openings.

How Long Will it Take for My Application to be Approved?

Once your plans have been sent off and validated, a case officer will be assigned for assessment. In addition to this, local residents will also be contacted and will be given 21 days to comment on the proposal. For a small application, like a balcony, it shouldn’t take any longer than eight weeks to get a final decision.

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What Should I Do if My Application is Rejected?

While most applications are approved, there is a chance that some might get rejected. If you find yourself in this position, then you will receive detailed reasoning as to why they made the decision. After this, you can make the necessary amends and resubmit.

We hope that you have found our answers helpful and that you can continue to plan your dream balcony! Here at ANY Weld, we can design, manufacture and install bespoke structural steel and glass balcony systems. So if you are interested in getting a stainless steel and glass balcony, why not get in contact with us today? Give us a call on 01271 860794 or drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk.

You might also be interested in how to transform your balcony and make it look the best that it can to create a little outdoor heaven.

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The Future of the UK Steel Industry https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/09/blog-future-uk-steel-industry/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/03/09/blog-future-uk-steel-industry/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 08:38:54 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=911 A large part of what we do here at ANY Weld involves the use of steel, so we thought we would take a look at the future of the industry in the UK.

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A large part of what we do here at ANY Weld involves the use of steel, so we thought we would take a look at the future of the industry in the UK. What are the predictions for the steel industry? How will the sector adapt to the ever-changing technology? Will there be any challenges? We delve into these questions in this blog.

What is the Steel Industry?

The steel industry began back in the late 1850s, and it has since become a staple in the industrial sector with around 32,000 people working in the industry. The UK steel trade contributes a whopping £1.6bn to the economy, so to ensure that the industry can remain stable for many years to come, foundries must embrace the changes it will undoubtedly face.

The World is Constantly Changing and Improving

From new materials and processes to different technologies and innovations, the industry has already faced many challenges, and this isn’t due to stop any time soon.

Steel manufacturing

How Cheap Chinese Steel Has Affected the UK Steel Industry

So far, there have already been some tough challenges that the UK steel industry has had to face and tackle head on to remain strong.

Around 7,000 Jobs Were Directly Affected

In Autumn of 2015, the UK steel industry was faced with fierce competition. Cheap Chinese steel, which was of questionable quality, started to flood the global market, and this resulted in closure or reduction in capacity for many UK foundries.

To date, it has been suggested that around 7,000 jobs were directly affected by the cheap Chinese steel. And, since 1971, the people employed in the UK steel manufacturing industry has fallen by 300,000!

The problem that the UK steel industry faces is that steel manufacturing is simply far cheaper in other locations and the UK economy is better suited to other industries.

Steel manufacturing

What Does the Future Hold for the UK Steel Industry?

There are many factors that have a significant impact on the steel industry, one of the primary ones being technology.

The UK Steel Industry and Technology

Technology is continually changing and advancing, which has an impact on how things work and operate across many industries, including steel.

Mini-Mill Type Operations

The steel industry is on the verge of a significant technological shift. There is a chance that the sector will move toward smaller mini-mill type operations as opposed to the current high economies of scale assets.

Help Toward the Improvement in Carbon Emissions

The new operations would be based around electric arc furnaces. The shift is possibly because the modern technology has low capital cost facilities while also having high technology and flexibility. It would also utilise 100% of recycled raw material, which could help toward the improvement in carbon emissions for the steel industry.

You might also be interested in our blog that looks at the benefits of steel recycling!

Carbon emissions

The UK Steel Industry and The Government 

One way of improving the UK steel industry in the future could start with the government buying more steel from manufacturers in the UK. Currently, the government purchase around 42% of steel from abroad.

While the UK wouldn’t be able to provide the total amount of steel required, they could certainly contribute more than they currently do. The government has stated that they would consider the social and environmental benefits when buying steel. Many are hoping that this will help UK based steel manufacturers winning more contracts.

To summarise, the UK steel industry is likely to face some challenges in the future, but it should hopefully be able to tackle them. So long as manufacturers are willing to adapt to the new technologies, processes and work with the government to try and win more contracts.

Steel manufacturing

Here at ANY Weld, we specialise in high-quality steel fabrication and glass products. We work on projects across the UK and Channel Islands while operating from a 20,000 sq ft factory. By keeping all of our services in-house, we can ensure that we remain in control and easily meet deadlines.

For more information on steel fabricators in the UK, why not give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk? We also offer all of our clients a free consultation, with no further obligations!

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How Digitalisation is Improving Architecture https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/02/24/blog-digitalisation-improving-architecture/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/02/24/blog-digitalisation-improving-architecture/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 09:37:28 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=897 Planning and production processes in architecture are often conducted using computers, and many new opportunities are opening up because of technological advancements.

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Digitalisation is having a significant impact on the architectural industry. Planning and production processes are often conducted using computers, and many new opportunities are opening up because of technological advancements.

What is Digitalisation?

Digitalisation is the process in which everyday life is changed by technology. By adopting digital methods, businesses can significantly improve their output, efficiency and potentially even profits.

The Key Benefits of Digitalisation Include:

  • Increases efficiency as digital methods are simply faster than humans.
  • Reduces the cost of operations.
  • Allows data to be analysed easily.
  • Safer storage of data by using the cloud as opposed to filling systems and archives.
  • Lack of human error.

Digitalisation and Architecture

It is not uncommon to see bridges made with 3D printers or buildings being scanned using a drone. Advancements like this can greatly improve the industry, so we have decided to take a further look into the benefits of digitalisation for architecture.

New Methods for Architects to Present Ideas and Plans

Traditionally, when discussing plans, designs and ideas to either their team or client, architects could only share sketches. However, with technology forever improving and advancing, they are now able to share models and virtual reality experiences.

Four people using virtual reality headsets

Easier to Help Others Understand the Plans, Designs and Ideas

With virtual and augmented reality, architects will find it far easier for others to understand and envision their plans, designs and ideas. The impressive technology will make the overall project far easier, quicker and potentially cheaper.

Can Reduce Future Costs

The cost could be reduced because it is likely that there will be few amends or changes, thus requiring fewer materials, workers etc. This is because architects can produce more thorough and accurate designs and also help the client (who may have no architectural knowledge) understand what they are planning more clearly.

Architects Can Test Their Designs Before Construction

Virtual and augmented reality provides architects with a valuable and useful opportunity to test out their designs for a project before construction takes place.

Digital architect drawing

Simulations allow them to use avatars that mimic human behaviours; this can help to detect any potential problems or hazards early on, and these can be amended accordingly. By doing this, architects can perfect their work and ensure it is to its best standard before it is created.

Communication is Improved Using Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling, formally known as the abbreviation BIM, is used by almost all architects. Before BIM, communication was slow and could often be misconstrued or lost. Nowadays, from the beginning of any project, when using BIM, everyone involved can all put their ideas into one space.

What is BIM?

BIM is a software that is commonly used in construction projects to aid in creating and managing information throughout the lifecycle of a job. The key feature of BIM is the Building Information Model which is created by bringing together all of the aspects of the project. Below is an informative video that provides further details on BIM:

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The Benefits of Using BIM

BIM can improve communication during a project and can help avoid any ideas or design getting lost. All information that is put into BIM is what creates the end results; this means that if multiple people are working on separate sections of a build, then they can all come together in one place to create a clear and precise model.

Here at ANY Weld, we carry out top quality steel and glass projects across the UK and Channel Islands. If you are looking for structural fabrication companies in Devon, why not get in contact with us? Give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk. We also offer free consultations to all of our clients, with no further obligations!

Our services include:

  • Bespoke structural steel and glass balcony.
  • Contemporary glass and stainless-steel staircases.
  • Custom-built stainless-steel and glass balustrade systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Structural steel projects of any size and complexity.

You might also be interested in:

4 Benefits of Using Artificial Intelligence in Architecture

8 Facts About Architecture

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Structural Engineering Greats: Fazlur Khan https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/02/18/blog-structural-engineering-greats-fazlur-khan/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/02/18/blog-structural-engineering-greats-fazlur-khan/#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2020 09:47:45 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=884 In this edition of our Structural Engineering Greats series, we take a look at Fazlur Khan who was referred to as “the Einstein of structural engineering”.

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As we work in the structural engineering sector, we have decided to put together a series called “Structural Engineering Greats”. The series will look at the many impressive individuals who have made a significant impact on structural engineers, delve into their history and simply learn more about their journeys.

In this blog, we take a look at Fazlur Khan, a man who was referred to as “the Einstein of structural engineering”.

Who is Fazlur Khan?

In 1950, Khan obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Dacca. Later, he worked as an assistant engineer for the Indian Highway Department and also taught at the same university he studied at.

Khan Moved to America to Further His Education

In 1952, he qualified for a scholarship at the University of Illinois, so he enrolled and soon received master degrees in both applied mechanics and structural engineering, along with a PhD in structural engineering.

A structural engineers’ drawings

Khan Started Working for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago

Shortly after obtaining his qualifications, he was hired by the respected architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, based in Chicago. He made himself stand out from the crowd with his innovative designs, including the new strategy for high-rise buildings, formally known as the tube concept.

What was Fazlur Khan’s Tube Concept?

Khan was famous for his tube concept for skyscrapers. The design consisted of using the perimeter wall of a building to mimic a thin tube as opposed to designing buildings around a central core.

The John Hancock Center in Chicago from ground level

The Tube Concept Was Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly

The innovative concept allowed for taller buildings to be constructed while also being able to withstand forces such as high wind and earthquakes. The method also significantly reduced the cost of construction and had a positive effect on the environmental impact as it required far fewer materials.

Khan’s tube concept transformed the architectural industry, and soon, many super-high skyscrapers were being constructed around the world!

What Buildings is Fazlur Khan Known For?

Khan is most well-known for his involvement in supertall skyscraper architecture. Some of the famous buildings include:

Willis Tower

Location: Chicago

Height: 110-story building

Date of Construction Completion: 1973

The Willis Tower in Chicago

The History of the Willis Tower

Willis Tower was designed by the architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and was one of Khan’s first projects he worked on. The construction process took three years and 2,000 construction workers. The building features a steel-framed tube method and was completed in 1973. It was the world’s tallest tower until 1998!

The Willis Tower Today

Today, the tower is owned by a company called Blackstone and is managed by EQ Office. More than 100 businesses are based in the Willis Tower, including finance, transportation, insurance and law companies. Radio and TV stations are also broadcasted from the Willis Tower’s rooftop!

The view of Chicago from the Willis Tower

Around 15,000 people work at the building and regularly visit daily. Thousands of people also visit the Willis Tower for its Skydeck; a popular tourist attraction that boasts incredible panoramic views of Chicago.

John Hancock Center

Location: Chicago

Height: 100-story building

Date of Construction Completion: 1970

The John Hancock Center in Chicago

The History of the John Hancock Center

The John Hancock Center is a 100-story skyscraper in Chicago that was also designed by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Khan was the structural engineer on the project. The building was completed in 1970 and features a tapered rectangular tube design.

The John Hancock Center Today

Today, the John Hancock Center is a combination of a parking garage, residential apartments, retail, offices, and observatory facilities on the 94th, 95th, and 96th floors.

The view of Chicago at night from the John Hancock Center

Here at ANY Weld, we are one of the fastest-growing steel fabrication companies in the South West. We specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of structural and architectural steel and glass products.

If you are looking for steel fabrication in Devon, why not get in contact with us today? We offer free consultations, with no further obligations!

You might also be interested in:

Understanding Structural Engineering and Why it is Important

How Digitalisation is Improving Structural Engineering

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15 Facts About Welding https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/02/13/blog-15-facts-about-welding/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/02/13/blog-15-facts-about-welding/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2020 08:00:00 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=446 Welding is the process of attaching different sections of metal together by using incredibly high temperature to melt the parent material, which when cool, solidifies to create a solid bond. It is reliable and robust; therefore, it is commonly used in the steel construction industry. Welding is an integral part of the construction process, and […]

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Welding is the process of attaching different sections of metal together by using incredibly high temperature to melt the parent material, which when cool, solidifies to create a solid bond. It is reliable and robust; therefore, it is commonly used in the steel construction industry.

Welding is an integral part of the construction process, and without it, many structures would be rendered useless. So, in this blog, we take a look at some interesting facts about welding and the role it plays in society:

Welding Is Over 2,000 Years Old

Welding dates to the bronze age! Small gold boxes that featured lap joints that were pressure welded have been found that can be dated back to over 2,000 years ago!

Welding Was Used by The Egyptians

The concept of welding has been around for centuries, and the notion of welding is present in the tombs built by the Egyptians.

A person welding two structures together

Welding Is Vital for Offshore Extraction

With oil rigs and pipelines found in various parts of the ocean, welding plays an integral role in the maintenance of the structure and equipment used for offshore extraction. Each component is regularly monitored and repaired by specialist welders, to limit the effects of spillages and damage to the environment.

Modern Welding

Welding as we know it today appeared shortly after the 19th century.

The World’s First Robot Was A Welder

The world’s first robot was made to spot weld. The American car company, General Motors, installed the Unimate in 1961, and in basic terms, it was a large motorised arm. The robot weighed a remarkable two tonnes and performed step-by-step commands, all of which were stored on a large magnetic drum.

Welding Is Used in Medicine

The welding industry is vital to advances in medicine. While doctors and scientists will be at the forefront of the field, they wouldn’t be able to perform their job without dedicated welders who manufacture and engineer the medical devices they rely on.

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Extreme Burning Temperature

The highest burning temperature in welding is an incredible 5,000 degrees Celsius.

Cold Welding

When two pieces of metal touch in space, they instantly become welded together; this is known as cold welding. It refers to the process of the metallic bonds that hold the atoms together, bridging the gap to create one piece of metal. Unfortunately, this procedure is unable to be completed on earth because there is a layer of oxidisation between the metals.

Welding Is Required in Many Industries

Over 50% of all humanmade products require welding to some degree. Key transport links, towering skyscrapers and gadgets and gizmos all require a spot of welding before they become functional items.

118 Day of Welding to Make A Car for NASCAR Roadworthy

Before a car can be considered roadworthy at a NASCAR event, it needs over 950 hours of fabrication and welding! That totals to nearly 40 days of straight work, or if you were working 9-5 hours, 118 days. Every single part is hand-cut, machined and welded together.

A man welding using a shield

Dry Welding Underwater

In order to complete a dry weld underwater, the area must be completely sealed off by a dry chamber while the weld is completed.

The Fasted Ship Build Was Achieved Because Of Welding

During World War II, it was down to the rapid developments in welding that allowed ships to be built as quickly as possible. In 1942, the SS Robert E Peary was constructed and took just four days, 15 hours and 27 minutes to build; a record in shipbuilding that remains standing today.

Deepest Dry and Wet Welds

There are a variety of wet and dry welding methods that can be performed under the water. The current record for the deepest dry weld was set in 1990 at 1,075 ft deep! The record for a wet weld was set in 2005 by the U.S. Navy and is nearly twice as deep, coming in at 2,000 ft.

What is Fume Plume?

The term “fume plume” refers to the smoke, or fume that rises after materials have been welded together.

Iron Is Part of The Earth’s Core

The most common metal on earth is aluminium, although if you were to include the entire planet, iron would come out on top as it takes up a significant share of the earth’s core.

A person welding with blue light

We hope you have found these facts both interesting and informative. If you require welding and steel fabrication in the south-west, here at ANY Weld, we specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of structural and architectural steel and glass products.

Get in contact with us today! Give us a call on 01271 860794 or email us at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk. Alternatively, you can head over to our social media channels; visit our Facebook page or Tweet us at @ANY_Weld.

If you enjoyed learning all of these fascinating facts about welding, why not take a look at some facts about structural engineering as well?

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What is Steel Fabrication? https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/20/blog-steel-fabrication/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/20/blog-steel-fabrication/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2020 09:10:00 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=458 Steel is known for its versatility, strength and value. It is one of the most widely used construction materials worldwide, and one of the main uses of the material is in metal fabrication. Take a look into the world of steel fabrication today and learn about the wide range of processes involved and final products […]

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Steel is known for its versatility, strength and value. It is one of the most widely used construction materials worldwide, and one of the main uses of the material is in metal fabrication.

Take a look into the world of steel fabrication today and learn about the wide range of processes involved and final products that can be achieved through this innovative type of construction.

What is Steel Fabrication?

Steel fabrication is the process that is used to manufacture components out of steel, and when finished, it can be used to create a framework.

It can be used to construct a wide variety of structural shapes, sizes and for many uses including stairs, balconies and roofs. For more information on steel construction and what the benefits are, take a look at our previous blog!

Create A Bespoke Design with Steel Fabrication

Typically, standard sections of steel are combined with specialist items to fit a job. However, some projects require a fully bespoke service for the best finish.

A fabricator transforms simple sections of steel into detailed designs with precision to bring a project to life.

Fabricated steel construction

Techniques Involved in Steel Fabrication

The innovative process of steel fabrication has significantly evolved over the years, utilising new technologies to make the final product more precise and the procedure more efficient than ever. Just a few of the techniques involved in steel fabrication include:

Shot Blasting

The process in which sections of steel are blasted with a ‘shot’ of force is referred to as shot blasting; this helps to prepare the materials for fabrication, offering a clean finish and rough surface to hold paints and other finishes.

It is an aggressive technique, so it is most commonly used on larger, more challenging objects.

Cutting

With the use of tools such as circular saws, flame cutters and plasma cutters, sections of steel can be tailored to the exact needs of each project. For the small intricate details, this can be managed by hand, but for the larger objects, machinery is required to create the exact size and shape needed.

Cutting steel

Bending

Steel fabrication often works in curves rather than rigid shapes; therefore, it is essential to know how to bend and roll steel correctly.

The process of bending steel can help to create a smooth and seamless finish without any breakages, kinks or damages. The material is highly flexible when heated, so it is excellent for creating more unusual and unique designs.

Welding

Welding is used to attach different sections of steel together. It is primarily used to connect fixtures and fittings as it creates a reliable and robust bond. The process uses very high heat to melt the parent material to the steel which, when cool, solidifies and forms a stable joint.

Steel welding

Coating

Coatings can be of the utmost importance to the finish of a steel fabrication project as it can protect against corrosions, high heat and can improve the overall aesthetics.

Depending on the use of the fabricated steel would affect what coatings are used. For example, if the framework will be used near the coastline, the process of corrosion will be sped up due to the sea salt in the air; therefore, coatings to protect against this will be essential.

What is Steel Fabrication Used For?

Steel fabrication can be used in a wide range of projects and structures including grand building structures, balustrades, balconies, fire escapes, staircases, handrails, gates and a wide range of other bespoke products.

Steel Fabrication is Multi-purposeful

The strength of the metal and versatility means that it can be used in a broad variety of settings as an effective solution. The steel can also be combined into designs with many other materials such as wood and glass to create a more unique aesthetic.

Steel fabrication has plenty of practical uses, as has been popular historically. However, in the modern-day, steel is often a material of preference for aesthetic purposes, easy maintenance, strength and versatility.

Discover some of the most famous steel constructions in the world by reading our previous blog!

The Manhattan Bridge made from steel

If you are looking for steel fabricators in the UK, look no further than ANY Weld! With over 30 years of combined experience, we can offer you expert advice in both steel and glass and help with any queries you may have.

We provide a vast range of products, from balustrades and handrails to staircases and fire escapes; our dedicated team are more than happy to help.

Here at ANY Weld, we offer free consultations to all of our clients, with no further obligations, so why not give us a call today on 01271 860794 and have a chat with our friendly team.

Otherwise, drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or take a look at our social media channels to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Understanding Structural Engineering and Why it is Important https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/14/blog-structural-engineering-important/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/14/blog-structural-engineering-important/#respond Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:44:28 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=860 Perhaps one of the most important disciplines in engineering is structural engineering; it deals with the structural strength of a building or structure.

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Perhaps one of the most important disciplines in engineering is structural engineering; it deals with the structural strength of a building or structure. Therefore, all projects to construct a building or structure must use structural engineering. In this blog, we take a further look into what structural engineering is and explore why it is such a fundamental factor in the engineering sector.

What is Structural Engineering?

When you combine mathematics and physics, you get structural engineering. The discipline involves physical laws as well as research into the strength of different materials. Then, geometry and calculations are required to create a sound building or structure. Structural engineering affects projects during the design process of a building or structure and the analysis of it. For more information, please take a look at our previous blog that looks at the history of structural engineering.

Structural Engineering in the Design Process

All buildings and structures must be designed to withstand their own weight, as well as any loads or pressures that will be placed upon them. Crucial information such as roof types, floors, material quality and more are provided by structural engineers. Information of this type is vital in creating a building or structure that is safe and suitable. If a structure does not consider structural engineering, it runs the risk of collapsing.

Structural Engineering in the Analysis Process

Once the building or structure is constructed, structural engineers can conduct an analysis on it; this can ensure that it is built will all the necessary design codes. The close and careful analysis also brings forward further information on the wind velocity it can withstand, what the structure or building can bear in terms of weight and the overall capability of it.

San Francisco bridge

Why is Structural Engineering Important?

Structural engineering has a direct impact on the durability and overall safety of the building and structure; therefore, it is crucial to all projects. As an example, it is structural engineers that can determine the estimation of safe weight maximums for bridges, what wind power a warehouse can endure and also the magnitude of tremors a skyscraper can withstand during the event of an earthquake. As well as ensuring the overall safety of a building or structure, structural engineers are responsible for using materials and resources efficiently. They must be able to determine the most suited material for the building or structure and what is most appropriate for its function. Furthermore, they are involved in the design aesthetics for the project, so structural engineering plays a crucial role in all projects. They cover an array of factors in a project, including practical function, budget and visual appeal. If you are interested in learning more about structural engineering, we explore some facts about the industry in our previous blog.

A building with a modern design

What Does a Structural Engineer Do?

Structural engineers are responsible for a variety of factors in a project to construct a building or structure. As mentioned previously, they are heavily involved in the design and analysis process. Day to day tasks of a structural engineer include:

– Preparing designs, drawings and reports
– Calculating loads and pressures
– Picking suitable construction materials
– Provide technical advice
– Liaise with relevant members on the project such as architects
– Obtain building and/or planning regulations
– Monitor and inspect work undertaken by contractors
– Manage projects
– Inspect buildings and structures
– Administer contracts

Structural engineers are an integral part of all building or structure construction projects. Here at ANY Weld, we are experts in steelwork and glass. We carry out projects across the country; from home installation to large scale industrial developments. So, if you are looking at structural fabrication companies and are trying to decide who to use for your project, look no further than ANY Weld and take advantage of our free consultations, with no further obligations. Talk to one of our friendly team members on 01271 860794 or drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk. Alternatively, you can get in touch via our social media channels – Tweet us at @ANY_Weld or visit our Facebook page!

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4 Benefits of Using Artificial Intelligence in Architecture https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/08/blog-benefits-artificial-intelligence-architecture/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/08/blog-benefits-artificial-intelligence-architecture/#respond Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:13:24 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=852 Artificial intelligence is the use of machines that have some of the knowledge of humans, and this technology is used in architecture, we’ve explored the benefits.

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Artificial intelligence, also referred to as AI, is either a program or machine that can perform human tasks and has some of the knowledge of a human. For example, AI can perform behaviours such as learning, problem-solving, motion, creativity and planning. Today, AI is used in many forms, including the popular virtual assistant from Amazon, Alexa, which you can talk to and direct it to perform tasks. In this blog, we take a look at how AI is used in architecture and what benefits it has on the industry.

What Benefits Can AI Have on Architecture?

Architects are somewhat concerned about the advancements of technology because there is a chance that at some point in the future, they may be replaced by AI robots that can design. But there is also an excellent opportunity for AI to take over the mundane tasks that are involved in architecture and can also help to avoid human error, therefore improving accuracy. Digitalisation has also transformed architecture through 3D printing; for more information on this, take a look at our previous blog.

1. AI Can Make the Start of an Architectural Project Easier

3D digital architectural drawing

When starting a project, architects are required to conduct significant research which can often take hours. They must understand the design needs and requirements for the project at hand, but also recognise the design of previous projects. AI has the ability to retain masses of information and data, therefore, using AI can help an architect to research and test several ideas for the project with ease and in a far shorter amount of time. Furthermore, with this being conducted digitally, it prevents the use of pen and paper; this is not only beneficial to the environment, but it can also avoid human error and prevent any work being misplaced. When starting a project, for example, a family home, information such as building codes, facts on the family, and zoning data are required. AI systems can be used to consider all of the data and produce design variations that follow the requirements.

2. AI Can Improve Planning and Construction

Projects can take years to plan before any construction takes place, but AI can shorten this time and make this part of the process far easier. AI can give architects access to large quantities of data, create models, as well as generate estimates for costs. These abilities can speed up the overall planning process for the architect; therefore, AI can be hugely beneficial for the industry. The faster architects can complete a project, the more projects they can complete in a given time. Furthermore, once all the planning has taken place, and it is time to start construction, AI can also help with this stage. Robots and other AI systems can be used to help construct buildings, therefore, saving money on labour and reducing the risk of injury for any worker on site. Technology is always advancing, and currently, researchers are creating AI-powered drones that can communicate to build models. If this is successful and can be developed on a larger scale, it could be revolutionary in both architecture and construction.

3. AI Can Replace Boring Tasks

A robot demonstrating the development of artificial intelligence

Machine intelligence is both stronger and faster than humans; therefore, they are perfect for performing repetitive and tedious jobs. Machines can work on tasks 24/7 without getting tired or bored, unlike a human. If working continuously on one job for too long, the human brain can become tired and less focused, and this can lead to accidents in the workplace and also human error. Human error can lead to big problems within projects, so it is in the industry’s best interest to incorporate AI into day to day tasks. At the end of the day, robots will never get tired of what they are programmed to do!

4. AI Can Save Money on Projects and Improve Productivity

While robots can perform the more boring tasks that architects can be faced with daily, they can also save money. Each project is allocated a budget, and if AI were to be used, then money can be saved on lunch breaks, holidays and sick pay. Machines do not need to take time off or have a break during a day’s work, unlike humans. Unless programmed otherwise, robots can work on a repetitive cycle, meaning the work output levels are much higher in comparison. With this level of productivity, it means that project deadlines can be met with ease, and it allows project members to work on other tasks more often.

The opportunities that AI offer the architectural industry, as well as many others, is incredible. The possibilities should be seen as positives as they can significantly benefit the overall processes involved in projects. If you are interested in architecture, why not take a look at our previous blog that looks at the sector in more detail?

If you are looking for steel fabrication in Devon, look no further than ANY Weld. We offer a variety of products, from handrails and balustrades to staircases and our dedicated team are more than happy to help. With over 30 years of combined experience, we can offer expert advice and help with any queries you may have. If you are interested in our services, we provide free consultations, with no further obligations, so why not give us a call today on 01271 860794. Alternatively, you can drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or head over to our social media channels to discover more of who we are and what we do.

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How Digitalisation is Improving Structural Engineering https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/06/blog-digitalisation-improving-structural-engineering/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2020/01/06/blog-digitalisation-improving-structural-engineering/#respond Mon, 06 Jan 2020 10:40:23 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=846 Digitalisation is transforming multiple industries; our most recent blog post explores how it is improving structural engineering.

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We live in a world where embracing and accommodating change is essential to survival, and industries that fail to do so risk being left behind in a business climate that continues to evolve. Digitalisation has revolutionised how all trades operate, and structural engineering is no different, but how exactly have recent developments in technology improved this field of work? Here at ANY Weld, we are experts in structural engineering, and we thought we’d explore the latest technological advances and how they have changed the industry for the better to give you a better idea of the current services being utilised.

Automation and Mobile

Two businessmen looking at a mobile phone

Artificial intelligence, bots and chat options are enhancing the customer experience for global companies, but that doesn’t mean smaller businesses should be exempt from the benefits offered by automation. Customers who wish to interact online can receive a pre-programmed instant response, regardless of whether the platform of communication is email, social or something else. Further improvement to mobile technology has changed how much contact is required from business to client and any company that fails to utilise mobile to create a consistent form of two-way communication are likely to find themselves left behind.

Sustainability

Concerns surrounding the environment are at the forefront of the minds of many in the 21st-century, and every single sector is under pressure to utilise greener solutions. Those working within structural engineering are always looking to implement resource-efficient practices that ensure the sustainability of a service or product is guaranteed for years to come. Innovative technology within this field includes ‘architectural solar system’ buildings that are self-powered, zero energy buildings, water efficiency technologies using smart devices and sustainable indoor environment solutions for building, heating and cooling technologies. The focus here is very much on utilising what’s already available in a more efficient way to ensure the use of smart energy, reduce pollution and waste and preserve water. Structural engineers are considering the choice of materials so that they are not only cost-effective and durable but also so that they have a minimal impact on the planet. For more sustainable inspiration concerning structural engineering, check out our recent blog post that looks at the benefits of the steel recycling process.

Paperless Businesses

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With the previous point in mind, structural engineering is amongst the many industries hoping to adopt a paperless service, from start to finish. That means every point of contact between those involved in a job, be it clients or architects, can be completed via online services. This online collaboration has been proven to heighten productivity, improve communications and ensure that all parties meet the necessary health and safety compliance. Structural engineering has traditionally been paper-heavy in completing business, but by fully embracing all of the technologies that are now on offer, companies can protect themselves from change, competition and uncertainty. One of the biggest enablers of this shift in behaviours is a migration to the cloud, which allows us to share files, documents and designs promptly at the click of a button. What’s been described as a new age of collaboration, cloud services offer communications without borders, meaning the traditional, physical blockers to progress such as distance are no longer an issue.

That concludes our overview of just some of the ways that digitalisation has transformed the operation of structural engineering and the integration and automation opportunities that occur as a result. The technologies available in 2020 and beyond enable an increase in productivity as well as design and quality, meaning, as an industry, structural engineering is keeping up with technological trends to ensure services continue to improve.

Here at ANY Weld, we offer a range of steel fabricated products and services and will implement the latest technologies to ensure all offerings can be of the best possible standard. Our dedicated team of professionals have over 30 years of combined experience and can help with a variety of products, from balustrades to handrails and staircases – and everything in between! We offer free consultations to all of our clients, with no further obligations, so give us a call today on 01271 860794. Alternatively, drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or head over to our social media channels to discover more of who we are and what we do.

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8 Facts About Architecture https://anyweld.co.uk/2019/12/18/8-facts-architecture/ https://anyweld.co.uk/2019/12/18/8-facts-architecture/#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:42:13 +0000 http://anyweld.co.uk/?p=822 Architecture is a fascinating industry that encapsulates a variety of jobs and sectors. By definition, it can be a term to describe physical structures itself, the art and science of designing these structures, the specific style of design and a method of construction, making it somewhat of an umbrella term for many. Here at ANYWeld, […]

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Architecture is a fascinating industry that encapsulates a variety of jobs and sectors. By definition, it can be a term to describe physical structures itself, the art and science of designing these structures, the specific style of design and a method of construction, making it somewhat of an umbrella term for many. Here at ANYWeld, we’re fascinated by architecture from all over the world, from the tallest skyscrapers to the unique style of staircases within homes and everything in between. We’ve explored some of the most fascinating facts about architecture in every form so that you can read, enjoy and share with your friends.

An Eggy Bridge

In Lima, Peru, stands a bridge that was built around 1610 and is made from a mortar that was mixed with the whites of 10,000 eggs. The eggs, laid by sea birds, were thought to improve the consistency of the mortar and made it easier for architect Juan del Corral to work with. The bridge connects Lima to Rimac across the Rimac River, and remains standing today, albeit a popular place for tourists to Lima to grab a selfie.

An Olympic Sport

Believe it or not, architecture was classified as an Olympic sport for the first forty years of the Olympic Games. Together with music, painting, sculpture, literature and architecture, 151 medals were awarded, and Baron Pierre de Coubertin who revived the modern games considered art to be a major part of the competition. The only rule was that every submission must have some element that is related to sports.

The Empire State Building

This iconic New York building is 103 stories high and consists of 10 million bricks. It is one of the most well-recognised buildings in the world and took one year and 45 days to construct, or the equivalent of seven million man-hours. It attracts about four million visitors every single year and regularly appears in Hollywood blockbusters, including Elf, The Amazing Spiderman and Sleepless in Seattle. On a clear day, the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are all visible.

The Sims

A computer game that seems to have stood the test of time and remains popular across the generations today was originally designed as a simulator for architecture. Debuting in 2000, the first concept worked much like SimCity, with players designing a house before others would test the success of the build and design.

Pyramids of Egypt

The oldest and biggest of the three pyramids is known as the Great Pyramid of Giza and is one of the seven wonders of the world. To give a perspective of the size of this awe-inspiring structure, the base alone can cover ten football fields combined. It was built for Pharaoh Khufu around 2580 BC and took 400,000 men twenty years to construct. The original purpose of the pyramids were to be tombs for the dead as they believe Pharaohs should be buried with their treasure. However, by 1000 BC, every single pyramid had been robbed of its treasure, so perhaps they are not as secure as once hoped. For more on this, check out our recent blog post, The History of Structural Engineering.

The Abandoned Subway of Cincinnati

Hidden away underneath the busy and bustling streets of Cincinnati lies the largest abandoned system of tunnels and stations in the US. Originally designed as an upgrade to the city’s streetcar system, the project was proposed in the 1910s, but was then interrupted by World War One. In the years that followed, the United States suffered devastating inflation and political uncertainty, causing the project to be abandoned and never revisited.

The Great Wall of China

A favourite piece of trivia that often pops up at the local pub quiz, The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that is visible from space. It has a total length of 13,170.7 miles and is renowned for being the longest ever feat of human engineering. The average height of the walls is just six-seven metres, with the tallest point reaching 14 metres, although the highest altitude of the wall boasts an elevation of nearly 1500 metres. The lowest point, based in Laolongtou in Hebei is just above sea level, demonstrating the sheer magnitude of this construction. Thought to be around 2700 years old, The Great Wall was built by over 1,000,000 workers and today attracts 50 million visitors from across the globe.

Rice Houses

Farmers in Japan remove the hulls from their rice crop and mix them into some kind of paste to create brick-shaped blocks, which are then used to build houses. This resourceful way of getting on the property ladder in Japan is a fascinating form of architecture and are known locally as ‘houses of rice skin’.

We hope you’ve enjoyed finding out some of our favourite facts about architecture and have learned something new. As one of the many steel fabrication companies in the UK, we are one of the fastest-growing in the south west and specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of structural and architectural steel and glass products. With over thirty years of industry experience, we’d love to hear more about your project and offer guidance on whether we can help, so contact us today to make your architectural visions, a reality.

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