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Unconventional Guide to Demolition in Construction Around the World

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Demolition is the science and engineering in safely and efficiently tearing down of buildings and other structures.

“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.” — Scott Adams.

Demolition contrasts with deconstruction.

Deconstruction is taking a building apart while carefully preserving elements, materials for reuse purposes in other construction structures.

The process of dismantling structures is an ancient activity that has been revived by the growing field of sustainable, green method of building.

Demolition Methods.

  • Mechanical demolition.
  • Crane and Wrecking Ball.
  • Interior Demolition. Interior demolition is the taking apart of interior portions of a structure while preserving the exterior, for a renovation project.
  • Selective Demolition.
  • Dismantling/Deconstruction.
  • Total Demolition. The owner may have different plan for the site.
  • Implosion.

The word demolition means destruction, breaking down or removal.

Construction involves putting up a structure while demolition involves pulling it down.

The most common reasons for demolition job are the building age and the safety condition of the building.

It happen when a building is no longer fulfill its purpose.

It will be demolished to make way for new building to be constructed, or no building, or a park, or a road.

Traditional Mechanical Demolition

Mechanical demolition is the most common form of demolition.

The term mechanical demolition refers to any demolition work that uses excavators, cranes, loaders and bulldozers.

It can also involve a mix of hand demolition and mechanical demolitions techniques.



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