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Constructing Envs Week 8 Workshop and A1 Detail drawings

Maddie Walsh

The first half of the studio this week was dedicated to a special workshop, which involved students building structures and experimenting with the load bearing capabilities of different materials. I was unwell this week so wasn't able to participate in this weeks’ studio; I have done my best to gather some information on the activities from other classmates. Students worked in groups to build a structure that could bear the greatest load in the class. The materials they were allowed to use however, were limited, and they were only given 3mm x 1200mm x 35mm pine and 1mm x 5mm x 1000mm ply board. Students made small blocks by cutting and sectioning the pine, which acted as columns in the load bearing structure they were building. The pine columns were attached to the ply board from the top. Each pine column was screwed into the ply board from the top. This helped to secure the two materials together but also prevented the structure from moving or shaking too much. It was important that this group spaced each column out evenly so as to distribute the load equally across/throughout the structure. The number of columns used would have also helped to create a stable structure, if they had decided to only use two columns (one at each end), there would have been an excessive amount of weight in the centre and may have led to the ply board snapping.

In the second half of the class, students undertook a drawing exercise, which included drawing an A1 1:1 detail from the plans of their chosen case study building. The detail I was given to draw was a parapet section detail from the roof/ceiling of the MSLE building. A parapet is a wall-like structure at the edge of a roof. Parapet capping is used as a waterproofing mechanism, which effectively prevents water from entering the “top of a parapet wall” (Steel Select 2009). In doing this drawing I started to understand all of the different and smaller structures that are involved in supporting certain parts of a roof section and how they all fit together. This exercise also helped me to see why architectural plans and engineering drawings are produced at scales of 1:5 and 1:10, they are much more convenient and practical for use on site.     References: Ching, F.D.K. 2008, "Chapter 6; Roof Systems" in, 4th Edition edn, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Steel Select 2009, Flashing a Parapet Wall. Available: d=4293 [2013, October 3rd].

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