Learning WordPress Customisation: Themes and Plug-in Development Part 1

My foray into wordpress theme development. Introduction: the need The need stems from the fact that the wordpress ecosystem is highly inefficient and wasteful. When comparing blogger versus wordpress.com, it seems like it is a lot easier to change the layout and colours of a blog on blogger than wordpress.com. WordPress seems to be built […]

Wind Classification Maitland, Yorke Peninsula and Surrounds

Introduction to Wind Speed Classification In Australia we have two wind loading codes AS1170.2 and AS4055. The latter (AS4055) whilst it refers to housing, was created to provide a simplified classification system for use with manufactured structural products (MSP’s). It is neither practical nor economical to use AS1170.2 directly to design a structured product. The […]

Structural Certification is not a view and stamp exercise

Some people seem to think that structural certification merely comprises of viewing drawings of a proposal and then “rubber stamping” the drawings as structurally adequate (eg. they have turned up at the office, and expected we stamp and approve there and then.). Certification seems to be sought to save time and money. The process can […]

Collapse: Household Decks and Balconies are not Designed for Parties

So at the beginning of the year I was working on a project which whilst in the scope of the South Australian development act, and potentially the SA Building rules, it was otherwise beyond the scope of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and National Construction Code (NCC). This in turn led me to take […]

Comparing Calculation Tools

As indicated in previous post I’ve been considering whether to move away from spreadsheets for my calculations. I have previously discussed the use of MathCAD and similar software versus the use of spreadsheets on my personal blog in the post:¬†Electronic Calculations (eCalc’s) . In the previous article my focus was protesting against those who consider […]

Augmenting and Enhancing Human Capability

The difference between mechanical engineering and civil engineering is that mechanical engineering augments, enhances and enables human ability, whilst civil engineering along with architecture, enslaves, diminishes, and holds captive human capability. Humans have legs they are meant to be mobile, not anchored to the ground like plants. There should be no need for passports, visa’s […]

The Logistics Problem

The logistics problem is getting the right goods, in the right condition, in the right quantity, in the right place at the right time. As I have mentioned in various places before, Australia is akin to a remote mining colony on Mars. South Australia and Adelaide is something of a backwater to that colony. With […]

Add an Exterior-Room for Improved Energy Efficiency

An exterior-room is a term I adopted a while back to describe a room which does not meet the building code of Australia habitable space requirements, but which is better than an open verandah, but otherwise does not match the function of a sunroom or conservatory. When new regulations were introduced requiring estate agents to […]