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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.