Round the Bays 2020

Round the Bays 2020

We had a great day on Sunday with several of the team competing in the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays run.

The annual event is New Zealand largest fun run with over 29,000 participants.  We had staff in the Runners and Joggers section competing in the 8.4km run.

Afterwards the team celebrated their success with an enjoyable picnic by the beach with partners and family also attending.


Hauraki School

Hauraki School

Progress is well underway at Hauraki School.

Stage 1 of the Masterplan is a two-storey, 10 classroom block creating additional teaching space at the school in conjunction with other ancillary buildings and facilities designed by Structus.  Using their drone C3 Construction got some great shots of the superstructure being erected.

Eden View Apartments

Construction is well underway at Eden View apartments in Mt Eden and progressing nicely.  The structure generally comprises precast double tee flooring on steel sway frames and steel concentrically braced frames (CBF’s), supported on concrete bored piles.  There is some significant tiered retaining to the rear of the site.

Site Visits

Over the last couple of weeks, some of the team have taken the opportunity to visit a couple of our sites that are well through Construction phase.  This is a great opportunity for some of our engineers and drafters to see the works in progress that members of the project team have been working on.

Not only are these visits a fun team activity out of the office but they are also a great learning experience for everyone not involved in the project on site.  Being out of the office and seeing the months of design transformed into structure is very rewarding and informative.

We visited an example of our Aged Care work (Aria Bay) and two commercial Warehouse and Office space projects (El Kobar and Underwood 2500).

Golf day with Ganellen

Craig and Leticia got to spend a fun afternoon at Eden Park playing Golf with the team from Ganellen.

Structus have been working with Ganellen at Eden View Apartments, located in Mt Eden, Auckland.  The development is two 5 storey residential apartment blocks over a common podium area, due for completion in 2020. Our service included full structural design, documentation and we are currently providing Construction monitoring.

The Powerade G9 sees Eden Park transformed into a nine-hole golf course and offers the rare opportunity to tee off from some of the highest stands in the Park as well as a bonus putt in the home team changing room.

Revit Families – Rhea

Many organizations have made the choice to switch from 2D drafting like AutoCAD to 3D modeling like Revit. It is interesting to know that on many projects I have been involved Revit is a game changing building design and documentation software that allows you to leverage BIM across all phases and disciplines in the building life cycle. If the time is taken to implement and learn Revit, endless benefits individually and professionally can be enjoyed.  These benefits include the ability to create intelligent 3D building models that can be used across all disciplines in the building design process, plus a competitive edge by producing quality projects that really stand out in the crowd.

The major part of using Revit effectively is the Families that we use to create the components within the models, to meet the specific needs of the project. When I first started using Revit, I had a hard time understanding the term Revit Families. Now I realise how important Revit Families are, especially when creating a complex structure.

I recently attended the ANZRS Families Creation training course.  This training has enhanced my skills to build custom and more complex Revit Families.

Lan's 3D revit

Lan – Draftsperson

Time is flying so fast. Everything seems to happen yesterday, but actually I have been here for two years.  I came to Auckland in September 2017, and I joined Structus in November.  This is my first job in New Zealand, starting my new career as a structural drafter.

I am lucky because Structus is really a great team working together.  Doing the work, I have learned a lot from every team member.  I know that as long as I ask for help, I will always get more than what I want.

It is an exciting job as I have the opportunity to learn new structural design ideas which are quite different from what I could do as an engineer in China.  I have gained a lot knowledge about precast concrete, timber structures and member connection ideas.

It’s really interesting to learn to use Revit, and now I have confidence with my 2D skills in Revit. I understand that 3D model set-up is a big challenge, but it does not take long to overcome.  I’m thankful to my drafting colleagues for assisting me with developing my Revit skills.

My feelings of working at Structus. Four words:  Lucky, exciting, happy and thankful.Lan's 3D revit

Northland District Health Board, Whangarei Hospital

Northland District Health Board, Whangarei Hospital – Theatre expansion design drawings issued for consent!

Whangarei Hospital Theatre expansion design documentation has been done in Revit to LoD350.   This is a new 2 Storey building including operating theatres, to be built adjacent to the existing theatres.

Structus has strong capability and expertise in BIM and particularly Revit software, which allows our draftspeople to provide well coordinated 3D structural models with respect to existing elements and inputs from other consultants.

We look forward to seeing this job develop.

Structus Bet on Blue

Structus Bet on Blue

Structus recently attended the Bet on Blue Charity Casino Night, in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, with a few of our clients. This is an annual event organised by Metal Concepts with a V8 Supercar Simulator, Golf Simulator and Blackjack, Roulette and Poker Tables, as well as silent auctions and a raffle, all for a great cause. This was a great opportunity to catch up with some clients, as well as other peers in the industry, while doing our bit to raise awareness and support a great cause.

A good night was had by all. Thanks to Metal Concepts and the Prostate Cancer Foundation for organising such an esteemed event and for inviting us to come along and support.


Earthquakes prediction


That we still are not able to accurately forecast Earthquakes like other natural disasters, e.g. Tornado or flood, makes us potentially more vulnerable to them. However, there are many researches around the globe that are aiming to predict the shake before it reaches its maximum magnitude. A recent development of this technology is regarding the performance of the early warning systems in Los Angeles. ShakeAlertLA is a mobile phone app developed by the city that transmits earthquake early warnings based on a separate, but similarly named, system called ShakeAlert and run by the U.S. Geological Survey.
An extract from an article on this topic in the Los Angeles Times follows:
“Los Angeles residents were asking that question after Thursday’s earthquake that was felt throughout Southern California, when they didn’t get an early warning from the much-anticipated ShakeAlertLA app, released by the city of Los Angeles earlier this year.
Did it fail? Not quite. The ShakeAlertLA smartphone app was only designed to alert users of cellphones physically located in Los Angeles County if there was a decent chance of destruction, with the warning system forecasting at least “light shaking,” or level 4 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.
What was actually felt Thursday in Los Angeles County, while seemingly scary, was actually not that bad. It was forecast by the earthquake early warning system as bringing shaking too weak to cause significant damage in Los Angeles County, said U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Rob Graves.
“It didn’t meet the threshold for the L.A. area,” said Doug Given, the U.S. Geological Survey’s earthquake early warning coordinator.
”The level of shaking in the city of Los Angeles was not damaging,” Graves said.
The USGS’ system relies on hundreds of earthquake sensors scattered throughout the West Coast. There is no public smartphone app yet available that sends earthquake early warnings throughout all of California.
However, scientists are continuing to test, refine and perfect the USGS’ ShakeAlert system that aims to provide earthquake early warnings throughout California, and eventually Oregon and Washington.
That ShakeAlert system worked — it’s just that the public does not yet have access to that information as scientists continue to refine its public delivery system. The USGS’ ShakeAlert system issued an alert about 6.9 seconds after the shaking began, Given said.”