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4 Myths About Construction Debunked

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Let's set the record straight for a few construction misconceptions!
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Errata: The shot at 4:16 is of the Greek Acropolis (not a Roman structure).

Over the past 6 years of reading emails and comments from people who watch Practical Engineering, I know that parts of heavy construction are consistently misunderstood. So, I pulled together a short list of the most common misconceptions. Hope you don't mind just a little bit of ranting from me ;)

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LivvieLynn
LivvieLynn Hace 9 días
I see a ton of construction projects sit unworked for months with no progress only to suddenly be worked on again than stopped again. Is there a practical reason for these stops? It is just budget? Poor planning for permits? Contract disputes? Just thinking of the number of detours meant to be for a few weeks/months becoming years (or sometimes decades).
Nick H
Nick H Hace 10 días
As someone who's worked in Civil Engineering for 30 years and now runs an Construction Company that does Municipal work, I can tell you that most of the time you see guys standing around looking into a hole, what you're actually seeing is a "trench" that's being dug and there's sewer or watermain being laid as as they go. The workers tend to be outside the trench while the machine is digging, but zip in and out to lay pipe, spread and compact bedding and cover material, hand dig to expose existing utilities etc. If you see guys standing, they're either waiting for their part to be necessary again or they're a top man and are waiting for someone in the hole to ask them for something (like a kid handing their dad tools while he works on the car). Laying undergrounds - especially in an existing roadway - is not a step by step procedure, it's a constantly moving assembly process as you can't even leave a piece of trench open over night in most cases.
REG3305
REG3305 Hace un mes
@7:26 Great example.
Mr. Rousseau.
Mr. Rousseau. Hace un mes
What do you think of the solution privatize public roads?
Chathumi Kaveesha
Chathumi Kaveesha Hace un mes
Amazing 👏
menace
menace Hace un mes
I asked a bunch of "standing around" workers one day why there were 4 guys watching one guy dig in the hole - the answer was "Only one person can fit in the hole". I then watched them swap diggers out every few minutes and got the hole dug a lot faster then a single guy could do it. 5 guys doing 1 minute of hard work moves more dirt then one guy digging hard for 5 minutes.
Fernando Sanchez
Fernando Sanchez Hace 9 horas
So do you have to worry if somebody yells "Bring in the Triarii?"
Veronika Berezhnaia
Veronika Berezhnaia Hace 4 días
But they also demand the salary * 5
Karl Marx
Karl Marx Hace 5 días
@Walter Engler There's also a difference between a mentality and a work ethic. A hard working man with a mentality like yours gets nowhere. A lazy man with a union mentality also gets nowhere, as he thinks the world is entitled to him. A hard working man with a union mentality gets far, because you SHOULD know and exercise your rights
Walter Engler
Walter Engler Hace 5 días
@Karl Marx The union mentality is wrong. There is a difference between ensuring proper benefits and safety and training .. and what unions became in the US. Hulking masses of people advancing to higher pay based on seniority not ability, protected from being fired as long as they do the bare minimum, and able to still advance to that next pay grade per contract based on doing minimum work. You see it in the newest generation where they have entire sites dedicated to "What's wrong with being lazy". And the simple answer is, I hire people who show initiative and want to work. And no surprise, most of those end up being immigrants and NOT born and educated in the US. The US kids just lack the drive and brains, thank to union mentality in the schools and their parent's lives. Unions went from something valuable helping to build the middle class and a thriving country, to the bastion of the laziest of folks.
Stas Zubenko
Stas Zubenko Hace un mes
One of my FEM teacher loved this quote "Literally anyone can design a bridge, but only an engineer can design a bridge that barely stands"
Yunan
Yunan Hace un mes
@Approach Cautiously that's amazing
Eric Martindale
Eric Martindale Hace un mes
@Robert Frapples I'm not sure what I have said to prompt your comment. I only expressed my enthusiastic support of FEM/FEA.
Stas Zubenko
Stas Zubenko Hace un mes
​@siege I don't really see a problem in running AC through an outside wall, as it's just matter of efficiency. Electrics going through water isn't a big problem either, since water in AC is condensed and more or less pure - it is a great dielectric.
Custos
Custos Hace un mes
Which is why planned obsolescence and minimum viable product are so lucrative. Not in terms of social costs like lost resources for the customer and lost man hours spent on replacement or repair, but a company makes money that's then not reinvented into local economies, and that's what matters most.
memisemyself
memisemyself Hace un mes
I used to work for overhead network construction in the then state owned telecoms company. A farmer once complained to the office that he had been watching a two man crew sitting in their van drinking tea for a full 45 minutes. Having ranted about laziness, lack of supervision, how easy we all had it and that we should all be sacked because we were useless, he was asked what time it happened. Turns out the crew were on their lunch hour.
Jayashri Venketasubramanian
@Pandemiq as a healthcare worker, I've been explicitly told by patients and their families that since I'm in public service, how dare I take breaks for lunch or even get a (weekend) day off. Load of bull.
Marty Hughes
Marty Hughes Hace un mes
Lucky to have whole hour for lunch
Pandemiq
Pandemiq Hace un mes
Dude I work in hospitality and someone complained about me having a smoke on my break with 2 others that just finished work, this is the sole reason I never judge too quickly on anything!
Jeremy Fielding
Jeremy Fielding Hace un mes
I really enjoyed this video. I love how you "turned the camera around" sort of speak...looking in on office workers throughout the day... what would you see. LOL Hilarious.
Brian D
Brian D Hace un mes
"With an unlimited budget my 2 year old could design a bridge that carries monster trucks over the English channel for a million years" - Outstanding! I struggle explaining why all solutions work, but aren't equal. Thank's for a great new example!
Cody
Cody Hace un mes
I'm an electrician and I got paid to stand on a job site for a whole month just to make sure nothing went wrong.. because down time would cost the company $10,000 an hour...
Furn
Furn Hace 18 días
Can't wait to graduate XD. It's difficult.
Wildfire悪魔
Wildfire悪魔 Hace 23 días
@Daeion108 I don't think there's anything weird in this sort of work
Conner Kelly
Conner Kelly Hace 25 días
It do be like that sometimes.
Veeti
Veeti Hace 26 días
this is essentially the case for all electricians. especially those working on ships/oil rigs
hobosam21
hobosam21 Hace un mes
Whenever we pour a large commercial slab we always have a sparky and a turd burglar on standby just in case. It's a lot cheaper to catch a problem right away than to have 20 people and thousands of dollars of equipment sitting still waiting for the repair.
elfarlaur
elfarlaur Hace un mes
As someone who studies archaeology, I can also add that a large number of ancient buildings we see are reconstructed. Many of them were found in pieces and put back together by archaeologists. Even the ones which have remain intact have had to be reinforced over the ages, just like modern infrastructure.
Dekimate
Dekimate Hace un mes
people reusing parts is a big reason many were in pieces so it's not fair to act like it was poorly built (the opposite really)
bofooit gojo
bofooit gojo Hace un mes
all solutions work, but aren't equal. Thank's for a great new example!
Katy Kidell
Katy Kidell Hace un mes
Two thoughts about the "standing around doing nothing" bit. 1. Most sites have breaks at the same time every day, and most trades coordinate to break with each other. So if you're say, driving by the same worksite at the same time Monday through Friday, you might be driving by a job site on break every time. 2. One of my tasks that required "standing around" was Hole Watch at a refinery. I tracked every person that went in and out of an enclosed space and all I was ALLOWED to do was watch a gas meter. If something changed inside the unit, it was my responsibility to make sure everyone got out immediately. I couldn't be distracted by labor and potentially put lives at risk. That's going to be a similar story for a lot of safety people, whether they're hole watch, fire watch, or any other situation that creates extra risk.
michaelccozens
michaelccozens Hace 27 días
@Bob Roberts Yeah, no, you didn't. Go on, tell us more about how those insanely-powerful unions somehow couldn't keep wages from stagnating for the last 40 years while corporate profits, executive pay, and productivity all skyrocketed.
SoftPiglet
SoftPiglet Hace un mes
Consider also that road or large infrastructure construction requires larger crews, and by nature they create traffic congestion/chokepoints, especially during the usual hours you'd have lunch. So you have a higher likelihood of drivers passing by slowly with nothing to do but closely watch workers, thereby contributing even more to their confirmation bias.
Benjamin Parent
Benjamin Parent Hace un mes
In modern times from an outsider perspective this can even look worse just people standing doing nothing, mobile games are surprisingly popular in the building industries where I live, if you pass by a worksite during a downtime or a break everyone is on their phone playing. There is even company wide guild, with supervisor not only supervising the work but also supervising guild wars and contribution.
Zraknul
Zraknul Hace un mes
@Bob Roberts Sounds like you watched organized crime, with weak employers and police forces. Meanwhile without unions, we've got return of non-living wages and employers looking to take advantage of employees every chance they get. The real wage has declined since the 1980s.
Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts Hace un mes
@Katy Kidell In the 1980's I watched as unions decimated local companies by protecting non performers. strikes over nothing, work slowdowns , pulling security out of the guard shack at gun point then burning it down , destroying local landmarks , seeding streets around the plant with bent nails ( with local residents suffering the most ). I've had more than a couple of union workers brag how they would hide out for most of the day and then double shift to get something done. In the 2000's I worked for a non union company that hired union contractors for major equipment installs. The union mechanical workers would not remove 2 1/4-20 bolts holding an EMPTY electrical cable tray from a conveyor because " that is the electricians job " . We waited for another of their breaks and took the bolts out ourselves.. There are more instances where union = no progress but that should be enough for now.
Chasm 95
Chasm 95 Hace un mes
As for the 'roadway crews are always standing around' thing, I used to work residential construction when I was in college, and I can tell you that being the young guy on the job with the next youngest person in their 50's, I was the one doing the heavy lifting. When you just finished carrying enough bundles of roofing up a ladder to do the entire roof, you can bet that I took 15 minutes to catch my breath and regain my energy, and the one time a homeowner complained, my boss handed them a bundle of roofing and told them to carry it up the ladder. The homeowner never complained again.
Nick H
Nick H Hace 10 días
@Nex Gamez Wrong. If you hire me to build your subdivision in a certain amount of time for a fixed or per unit price, then it's NONE of your business if I want to pay 30 extra guys to hang around on the site doing nothing. If you're paying cost plus or hourly, that's a different story entirely.
Randomness Slayer
Randomness Slayer Hace 24 días
​@Justin Thomas extreme, if not egregious, use of stereotypes. If a client is inclined to learn more about how their money is being spent, that should be taken into consideration by all parties. If you, as a worker/manager are that offended in interacting with the customer, something is terribly wrong (you may be right to take offense, you may not be, it's not cut and dry). The customer, on the job they paid for, is the boss of that project (you are literally there to do something they are paying for). If not, then adequate communication has not occurred before taking on the job, all parties are not on the same page (specifically the customer, paying for the job, and the person/contractor in charge of organizing equipment and labor). Don't just blanket blame the customer, especially for wanting to ensure that their vision for the project is met or exceeded. That's a toxic take IMHO. EDIT: To clarify, time IS money. IF the client/customer wants to know what is going on, that should ABSOLUTELY be factored into cost. But these kind of conversations need to take place explicitly to ensure that all parties are on the same page and in agreement. IF that isn't going to work for the contractor/workers, that needs to be EXPLICITLY told to the client/customer. This might mean that the contractor/workers might be passed over for another group, but all of these things need to occur before work starts on a job and a contractual agreement is made up and signed. I would consider this due-diligence on behalf of the contractor/workers, if it's going to break the deal, so be it. If plans might change, or do change, there are financial considerations that need to be agreed upon. This requires active communication and vast amounts of effort and planning, which also incurs costs. But if that's what the customer wants, you're going to have an upset customer if you do not discuss this beforehand (and don't agree to) and upset workers that only find out on-site because there was BAD communication in planning (or failing to plan). Be proactive in these things, not reactive.
GhostMW_
GhostMW_ Hace 24 días
@hawtchick69 as someone in a similar workplace right now, i doubt it.
Conner Kelly
Conner Kelly Hace 25 días
At least your boss stood up for ya. That’s a good boss
Dr.CaneMain
Dr.CaneMain Hace 25 días
@Xarai Incorrect.
Townsend Bullard
Townsend Bullard Hace un mes
As a bridge inspector I appreciate this video! I will say it does feel odd standing around watching other people work but inspectors play a vital role in ensuring the final product is built to standards and isn't a hazard to the public. I'm also glad you addressed the myth about Roman concrete and structures, an ancient Romans head would spin if they saw a concrete beam with pre-stressed strands, quite ordinary in today's construction of bridges!
Maxwell Starcevich
Maxwell Starcevich Hace un mes
@Black Gate of Mordor You don't need a structure that uses steel reinforcing bar in order to have air conditioning, electricity, and modern conveniences. Steel rebar is, in many cases, THE element of a building which dictates the building's maximum lifespan. There are better ways to build a lot of structures without using steel reinforcing...glass fiber reinforced polymer bars are one such option. Obviously some structures will always require the sheer strength of steel reinforcing, but there's no need to continue using steel rebar to the degree that we are in residential and commercial construction. Of course, the rebar manufacturers won't like this, unless they see the writing on the wall and switch their processes.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
@Tyler Jacobson Welds have specific inspectors for them. They follow industry standard methods for testing and quality of the welds.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
@Evil Simeon How many Roman bridges carried heavy vehicle traffic?
Black Gate of Mordor
@Evil Simeon And that's perfectly fine. Unless you'd *prefer* to live in a Roman marble structure without modern heating, plumbing, or air conditioning?
Evil Simeon
Evil Simeon Hace un mes
And none of it will last as long as the Roman’s due to rebar.
Kent Slocum
Kent Slocum Hace un mes
As a custodian who cleans office buildings, I can confirm that office workers do a lot of sitting around.
Nick H
Nick H Hace 15 horas
@Phileeep Aye To be fair, most "skilled labor" jobs are pretty much simple common sense and repetitive tasks - especially in construction. Running the books for a one man operation isn't office work - it's basically doing your personal taxes and balancing your cheque book. Doing the books for a company that has millions of dollars flowing through it every month is a lot of work - the woman that does that job in my office is not doing complex work, but it's important to get it all done right the first time and on time. Our HR, person, on the other hand, is a lazy btch that has a thousand excuses a day for not working - yet complains that she works harder than anyone. Have same thing in our field staff - not easy to find good help these days.
Setesh_RL
Setesh_RL Hace 15 horas
@Hydrated Beans inflation.... when corporations start buying manufacturing/construction companies... now we're waiting for the paperwork, from someone in an office. Everyone knows who costs America... it's no one standing around a construction site.
Setesh_RL
Setesh_RL Hace 15 horas
@Shi Yuan Jiang you nod off while standing? slllloooow
Setesh_RL
Setesh_RL Hace 15 horas
Do you think the sit-down workers are literate enough to find the humor in this? One of the greatest comments on ESvid ever... I love you!
Phileeep Aye
Phileeep Aye Hace 10 días
@Nick H depends what you call successful. I'm successful enough to live the life I want with just me so that's successful to me. But as I say, I do my own "office" work in my down time, but I would never classify myself as an office worker, it's just common sense. I'd rather do something skillful for a living than simple common sense tasks.
Larson
Larson Hace un mes
I worked landscaping for 6 years, and there’s a lot of “standing around,” where you’re spotting for machines, working on layout, and catching your breath
Sirena
Sirena Hace un mes
I often see labourers standing around at construction sites, and have been in similar situations where you can't do much of anyting until something else has been completed. Then of course for some thing it's having someone come by and look to see if what you did was done correctly. A lot less expensive to "waste" an hour of time then to have to redo 6 hours of work.
xephael
xephael Hace un mes
@Oscar Winner the buyer of the product or service is going to take the hit in the end... You'll either get a poor quality product or they'll find loopholes to charge you more
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
@xephael more expensive for the contractor. But the owner only pays the contractor the as bid price for the completed item; not the labor costs and all.
xephael
xephael Hace un mes
@Oscar Winner yes it would matter if 50 people were installing it. The more people the more expensive the job will be... Simple economics
daaneel
daaneel Hace un mes
@Oscar Winner that’s correct. Plus most state projects are won by lowest bid. So in the end it’s the contractors money being spent if they aren’t performing the work efficiently. You might think the foreman is just watching his laborers but actually he’s coordinating everything between his laborers and the inspector as well as directing his laborers to make sure they’re doing things correctly. As well as making sure the equipment is running smoothly and any issues are coordinated and taken care of. Inspectors usually have 1 or 2 people on site depending on how intensive the item work is. Basically, people just stereotype government workers as being slow and lazy when in actuality they don’t understand the regulations and what it takes to get the work done
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
Most state projects are paid by completed item. So one worker or 100 workers is indifferent to how the contractor is paid by the owner. Same for work in your house. You pay for a new roof; does it matter if there are 5 or 50 folks installing it?
caesiumm
caesiumm Hace un mes
The lowest bid model makes an incentive for bidding contractors to rearrange their budgets away from 'non-essential' work. Unfortunately the first thing to get cut is lab testing! Because construction projects are sequential, a failing test (eg. soil compaction) halts work for everyone on site. Now there is pressure on the testing lab to 'pass' unsuitable material. The outcome: a road designed to last 20+ years starts falling apart within 2-3 years!
Brandon Brever
Brandon Brever Hace un mes
You don’t just cut testing out of a budget if it is required in the contract. For public roads the agency requires certain testing in the contract. The contractor does the quality control and the agency does the quality assurance to verify the contractors results. If the results do not match up, a 3rd party does a test.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
Not sure where this happens. Been managing state highway projects since the 90s. All records are open to the public. So put in an OPRA request if you want to see the real results.
James Whittom
James Whittom Hace un mes
If they had a bid. Some contracts are no bid aka corrupt as hell.
Jesse Brook
Jesse Brook Hace un mes
Or, like the Saskatchewan, Canada bridge that made the rounds in the news, it starts falling apart later in the day it was opened.
CromemcoZ2
CromemcoZ2 Hace un mes
FYI John Glenn's Friendship 7 mission encountered several "issues", including a potentially fatal equipment failure that caused NASA to cut the flight short. Practically all the early space missions had multiple problems. They just worked through them.
Leggo MuhEggo
Leggo MuhEggo Hace un mes
Ive moved some tons of gravel this week with a shovel and wheel barrow. You DO need lots of breaks if you want to be able to last the day or week.
Oh Asis
Oh Asis Hace 15 horas
@jonathan Clayton It's the only way otherwise they start to think they've got it all over you.
jonathan Clayton
jonathan Clayton Hace 15 horas
We've had a little heatwave here in the UK this past week and still only allowed two 30 min breaks. Had no drinking water Monday Tuesday too. The worst job was hand laying 30 tonne of tarmac and still get moaned at for getting water in-between breaks. The foreman got a gentle f#@k off whenever he opened his trap
Oh Asis
Oh Asis Hace un mes
@Jerry Miller It's largely a matter of training.
rokko
rokko Hace un mes
@Jerry Miller In AZ I know construction workers usually start insanely early so they can get it a ton of work before about 10am or so when it starts to get dangerous. I'm not sure whether or not there are evening shifts as well, but most likely.
Mikko Rantalainen
Mikko Rantalainen Hace un mes
7:50 Bridge replacement cost should be definitely considered during the initial design process and that cost should include estimate for the problems caused by the bridge being out of order for the whole replacement period. In practice, this cost is nearly always underestimated which results in bridges not being replaced in time because the bridge being out of order for any time period is considered too big a problem.
Clay Cav
Clay Cav Hace un mes
You hit the nail on the head when you said there's a lot of "hurry up and wait" in construction lol. Ya your an engineer but unlike some you seem to have a pretty good understanding of the production side of the business! In the view of a subcontractor, the bad engineers are the ones who don't have a reasonable understanding of what hoops the laborers have to jump through to meet whatever specifications they establish. Keep up the great work!
Tim Mallette
Tim Mallette Hace un mes
Although he did come back safely, John Glenn did in fact have a potential heat shield problem and NASA chose to take some risks in returning him to Earth the way they did
Henry Williams
Henry Williams Hace 27 días
"With an unlimited budget, my two year old could design a bridge that carries monster trucks over the English channel for a million years!" is likely my new favorite metaphor for the financial difficulties involved in being a civil engineer. 😁😁 Love it!! I had to pause, and rewind the video a couple times just to make sure I got the quote correct.
Wiregold
Wiregold Hace un mes
People often ask, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" The engineer responds, "The glass is twice as big as it needs to be." Cost/benefit analysis is engineering in a nutshell.
Ding Bop
Ding Bop Hace un mes
Depends what the owner of the glass is using it for
WaxthatFled
WaxthatFled Hace un mes
Sure but nobody knows the future and if it rains the glass will overflow
Custos
Custos Hace un mes
Which is why engineers are easily exploited. Clearly it's the container that's at fault, not the hand the pours.
Tom Leszczynski
Tom Leszczynski Hace un mes
Grady also said this in a video!
Orppranator
Orppranator Hace un mes
Bad engineer, every good engineer knows you need a splash safety factor of at least 1.5.
Daryle Tilroe
Daryle Tilroe Hace un mes
I'm in the "biz" so I get all of this. Strangely the main thing to caught my eye in the video was your stock footage of the construction "people" walking across the work site. I realize they are all models and actors but somehow they found proper boots for the guys but the woman model on the right was clearly not in CSA or PPE footwear. I do too many safety inspections, LOL.
Josh Ogden
Josh Ogden Hace 3 días
I also noticed one stock image where this dude was in shorts. I'm just an intern on the engineering side so I'm not fully versed yet, but that definitely stuck out to me as something that would not fly.
lost_zahhak
lost_zahhak Hace 25 días
@JabrHawr imagine wearing those shoes and something as simple as a standard hammer drops on your foot- or a wheelbarrow rolls over it, or a heavy pipe falls-steel toes are *essential* in construction or warehouse work
Daryle Tilroe
Daryle Tilroe Hace un mes
@scott carr on a "proper" site it doesn't matter who you are if you're in the prime contractors area you're following their safety rules and PPE requirements. And the basic ante in is proper CSA footwear. Every engineer or project manager who's on site even rarely has a pair in their trunk.
Jasper Janssen
Jasper Janssen Hace un mes
@scott carr probably a politician on a site visit.
scott carr
scott carr Hace un mes
Yeah, I noticed that too, I said she's not a "Worker", she is office staff, come to take notes.
flailios
flailios Hace un mes
I was on a job in the city, standing around when a group of contractors came through to change some street signs. Whoever did the tender got one person for every required ticket/license, so they had way too many people. They had 2 people to move the cones, a spoter for the boom lift, a boom lift operator and a bloke who did the traffic plan. There was a fair bit of standing around.
James
James Hace un mes
for the first one, if youve ever heard about confined spaces, it requires a person outside monitoring and another person overseeing the whole operation. It's their job to do that and the worker's life in the confined space is dependent on it
Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones Hace un mes
As someone who has worked with lowest bid contractors many times, I can tell you that the lowest bidder has often been the lowest quality because they cut corners.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
@M L Where?
OnyxPhantom
OnyxPhantom Hace un mes
@Oscar Winner Most "inspectors" get paid off or overlook projects from a company they have inspected many times... familiarity and it costs less in the end to cut corners and pay him off than to do it right to begin with...
M L
M L Hace un mes
@Oscar Winner only so many inspectors. Over time corruption rises
giang tran
giang tran Hace un mes
ok
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
This is why the owner hires inspectors. The inspectors must sign off on work before the contractor is paid. Hard to cut corners.
Chan 2
Chan 2 Hace un mes
As a tradesperson, I want to say there are still a lot of overstaffed jobs, where there genuinely do not need that many people.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
Some cases - the number of tradespeople on a project is dictated by the labor unions. Even if you only need a few minutes of a machine to be ran that day; they are required to have an operator for it. The union requires too that the person is there for a minimum number of hours too. So that person will spend a lot of time sitting in the machine doing nothing.
vikkzx
vikkzx Hace un mes
I really enjoy Civil engineering. I have my own excavation company and have helped design highways and bridges. Hearing these explanations on here always makes me happy because alot of people refuse to understand the miracles of construction.
duckbilldaniel
duckbilldaniel Hace un mes
I'd love to see a video on Idaho falls. Looking at it, i'm really curious how you can get a structure that long perfectly level, how they control erosion with the texture on the dam, and how it was originally built. (and if there's time, then talk about how it was repaired after it got hit by the Teton dam flood. )
Johnny B
Johnny B Hace un mes
I worked temporarily on a high production paint line. We stood around quite a bit during a color change, or issues upstream. There were other tasks available nearby, but they were reluctant to move us unless there was significant problem. Nobody wanted to be the bottleneck. That's why most of the decisions of that type were made at the management level.
Kasra Lajani
Kasra Lajani Hace un mes
I work as a ‘scientist’ (whatever that means) for an engineering firm and spend 90% of time on construction sites standing around with traffic controllers, drillers, service locators and engineers waiting for one of the mess of contractors to figure out what’s going on so we can drill a couple holes, log some cores and get a couple samples. It’s like herding cats in a burning hedge maze….
Jimjolnir
Jimjolnir Hace un mes
Like herding cats in a burning hedge maze. - Kasra Lajani, 2022
Jerry Miller
Jerry Miller Hace un mes
Years ago I joined the army, hoping to get away from the stress of under-employment and all the BS of civilian life. I was hoping that part of my time in the army would involve light-duty sitting around such as guarding a border or something. Boy was I wrong. But it got me in shape and kind of strengthened my work ethic. Nowadays I really do appreciate having "nothing to do" sometimes, but it's so rare.
Jerry Miller
Jerry Miller Hace un mes
@Kasra Lajani And a lot of engineers don't do engineering, either. They're in sales or do computer programming that has nothing to do with their training.
TheBause
TheBause Hace un mes
As an Archaeologist who spends quite a lot of time monitoring in construction sites, I can relate to this comment so hard.
¬ 黒 Black Moon 月¬
Now now, I've been watching your channel for years now and it's the first time I've heard you say such a shocking statement as "given an unlimited budget, my two years old could build a bridge that carries monster trucks over the english channel for a million years" unashamedly ... which raises many, many questions in my mind -- but, don't worry, none of which I'll expect you to have an answer to :D....
Hugh Briggs
Hugh Briggs Hace un mes
Thank you for this informative content. People who've never done this job act as if it's not dangerous or very difficult work. Salute to all of our skilled and unskilled construction people, who keep our infrastructure intact.
Dave H
Dave H Hace un mes
Your discussion about bidding reminds me of some definitions my former boss (a mechanical engineer) told me when he was having a house built: Contractor: a gambler who never gets to shuffle, cut, or deal. Low bidder: a contractor who's wondering what he left out. Bid: a wild guess carried out to two decimal places.
Jackson Buckner
Jackson Buckner Hace un mes
Thank you for the video! A good summary of the questions civil engineers seem to always get asked at Thanksgiving 😅
Eric Hill
Eric Hill Hace un mes
I am currently a civil engineering student. I love the honest real world veiw that your videos provide. They're very encouraging for me!
Badministrator
Badministrator Hace un mes
I worked physical labor for a long time and sometimes people are just standing around. They're not all inspectors, quality control, or jobsite supervisors. It's not a myth and it doesn't need to be explained or excused. People don't work all day nonstop in an office either. There are often other things to do but not everyone is going to be motivated to work nonstop. We aren't machines.
Lopez Lopez
Lopez Lopez Hace 3 días
@LlamasOnJUPITER That's why we all have YOU in our lives - to show us what we missed and to teach us the facts of live...
LlamasOnJUPITER
LlamasOnJUPITER Hace 3 días
love how everyone in this comment section totally missed the point about how we dont need an excuse to just... not work nonstop like machines
Dan
Dan Hace un mes
Ya people should just stay in their own lane and not worry about what other people are doing. Half the people criticizing laborers are probably getting welfare
Lopez Lopez
Lopez Lopez Hace un mes
@Name Well, lets agree to disagree. OK? By the way, I do not mean any disrespect towards construction workers. They just do what our way of doing construction allows them. Look at the HUGE construction projects in China, South Korea or japan, nobody is standing around there and gravel is delivered on time somehow...
Magnus Brenden
Magnus Brenden Hace un mes
As a part office, part field crew I can confidently say that standing around boosts moral and many good ideas often come from it.
TheFriskyComiskey !
I've been a contractor in Florida for 18 years. This man is completely correct. There are large times of hustle hustle hustle. Followed by long gaps of standing around and watching somebody else do something. I got hired as a superintendent to stand around and watch another superintendent for 3 months. It just works out that way sometimes.
Kezanza the Great
Kezanza the Great Hace un mes
@TARS Or the superduperintendent :P
TARS
TARS Hace un mes
you were the hyperintendent
Jason Pohl
Jason Pohl Hace un mes
As a road laborer for 6 years “hurry up and wait” was one of the most common statements in my life, and also waiting for materials (hot asphalt for me) often delays everything!
nispelsm
nispelsm Hace un mes
@God You had deadlines every 3 weeks? Luxury! In my last job, I had to report to my supervisor multiple times per day with a list of tasks I had completed in the last 2 hours, with new features rolling out every week.
noname-cv37
noname-cv37 Hace un mes
@C61 Yes but in general with any job you want to be a little bit ahead of deliveries to cover the risk of sirprises. What if like for real the parcel delivery company messages to say your parcel will arrive later on today between 11AM and 1PM. It is better to time things so you are at the address 15 minutes early for many reasons including the driver makeing up time
C61
C61 Hace un mes
On the pipeline we have a saying 'Everyone is in a hurry to do nothing'. It''s pretty funny how other jobs have similar sayings.
shop shop
shop shop Hace un mes
@john stirling True, but those signs are there often for months on end when little to nothing is happening and on week ends and off hours. I think they'd be more effective if the signs could be switched on and off as needed, or the work zone speed limit could change---paving crews working feet away from traffic need slower speeds then a crew working off the shoulder 30' or 40' away from traffic.
Andrew Harrison
Andrew Harrison Hace un mes
@john stirling Yes! Don't know about recent statistics but in the UK being hit by passing cars used to be the leading cause of highway worker mortality. That statistic changed my driving behavour in roadworks. The UK has had some hard hitting safety campaigns on that theme - probably time to repeat them.
Bill Martin
Bill Martin Hace un mes
Thank you for your coverage of the complexity of almost any large project. I was a defacto engineering electronics tech on many public safety radio designs and construction, from establishing performance requirements, "boiler plate" redundancy, interconnection and compensation for areas shaded from the main transmitters. Then there was the planning and installation of the mobil and handheld transceivers and associated equipment. All out techs were Secind and first class FCC licenced, and cerifictions from trade associations. Dispatcher control consoles required a different approach but the same degrees of reliability and flexibily applied, along with a manageable learning curve for the operators, who had a great deal of crital situations to deal with almost continually. Few people at City Hall had a grasp in any of these challenges. They continually complained about cost overruns. I loved that job, it became my self-Identity for 30 years. But my mind was slowing and the pace of new innovations in the industry was too much for me to keep up with. So, that's my autobiography. The book isn't selling well... But that is how boring papers generally do.
Spencer Hanson
Spencer Hanson Hace un mes
I love how you point out logical fallacies that individuals may have when they promote mystical arcane technology.
Peter Mitchell
Peter Mitchell Hace un mes
This was such a great video because i have personally been guilty of thinking each of these myths were true at one point. More videos like this please!
George Albercook
George Albercook Hace 7 días
Standards and specifications can be part of the problem. Portland cement is almost always specified in concrete structures. There are many alternatives that have desirable characteristics like cost, strength, durability, CO2 emissions etc. Most can not be used because of the regulations. Don't get me wrong. I'm not against all regulations but in some cases they do have downsides.
Enano P
Enano P Hace un mes
Used to work on paving roads long ago. This one time, the foreman who watches and measures the height of the paver was gone for about 30 mins. Little did they know the paver had dipped .5 inches during that time and that who section was ruined. Cost the company about $200k because that one person standing around monitoring the level of the paver was absent.
not bob
not bob Hace un mes
@Sparky Wilson the owner ignores the engineer and cheaps out on everything he can to make a few extra bucks
Larsen Garrison
Larsen Garrison Hace un mes
Right, because the foreman would react so well to one of the guys working under him informing him that they took over his supervising job and told the crew to make changes to what they were doing that could cost the company hundreds of thousands. And the crew would definitely risk their jobs listening to someone not qualified and paid to tell them what to do. You're completely right, it was the fault of the construction workers doing their jobs and not the supervisor who neglected his.
Sparky Wilson
Sparky Wilson Hace un mes
The words of a Superman that wants to fix the world himself. If you want that, start your own company. Quality comes from the top down, and construction is a job where people are told to work and not think. The foreman knows better than you do, the inspector knows better than the foreman, the engineer knows better than the inspector, the owner makes the decisions, not the engineer, and the owner bends over backwards for the client while trying to cut every corner possible so they do "just enough".
Lia
Lia Hace un mes
@matthew thomson sure, but that underscores the point that _someone_ needs to do it
nmelkhunter1
nmelkhunter1 Hace un mes
@matthew thomson Quit posting replies that make sense! Do it now! 🍻
T Pep
T Pep Hace 22 días
Thank you Grady, I worked construction for 40yrs., and you have "hit the nails on the head" if you will, not once in my career, did we look at something, and think what would be the longest and hardest way to do something, no, we had to get the job done, and the company had to make a profit.
GameCyborg
GameCyborg Hace un mes
There was a construction site on an interchange nearby for years. I never saw a soul on that construction site no matter what time of the day I drove past it
DanB
DanB Hace un mes
As a trade worker I thank you very much for this video! The entire thing was on point and fantastic!
William Middler
William Middler Hace 4 días
From my experience as a superintendent of 10 plus years, I think engineers overbuild their design/projects. City’s building codes always just meet the minimum to maintain structure/fire code. Engineers over build so the city leaves them alone and trusts them.
James Casatelli
James Casatelli Hace un mes
There should be an asterisk on the lowest bidder section: it depends on WHY they are the lowest bidder. A lot depends on the contractors understanding of the specs and drawings. And I've seen more than a few contractors low ball a bid just to win the job, and then try and make up for everything they didn't include with change orders.
Oh Asis
Oh Asis Hace un mes
@Mark Murone Dunno how many times we'd put in a bit only to see the winner at around half our quote. Oddly, the same client would go for it every time only to discover a surplus of extras and submission of poor quality work. It would cost them substantially more and for a lesser grade yet they'd still insist our price was too high. Can't understand why they went brokeseveral times.
Mark Murone
Mark Murone Hace un mes
Down here in Oz it’s not necessarily the lowest bid, sometimes the lowest bid sends off alarm bells. Especially if the bid is well below the median quote of other companies.
Oh Asis
Oh Asis Hace un mes
@Arthas Menethil That's called rorting :)
Oh Asis
Oh Asis Hace un mes
@centurion1945 Then you have the opposite where a developer will try to screw you down, expecting fifteen percent less on a quote for the same job as last year, usually with the whine that they can't afford you, go for the cheapest and most underbid quote, calling you back in 3 months later to fix everything - at your price.
centurion1945
centurion1945 Hace un mes
@Mntneer WVUyup margins have gone away to basically nothing. Doesn't help that so many commercial owners are more than happy to hire sketchy fly by night companies that get their low numbers by cutting every corner possible, leaving the guys who actually try and present an honest price for doing the work correctly to get left out in the cold. And like you said each of those estimates costs time, money, and resources that can get tied up for months as the owner and A/E pushout revision after to revision to try and get the job to fit with the owners financials.
N P
N P Hace un mes
It amazes me at how much infrastructure has been built worldwide in such a short time.
Jesse C
Jesse C Hace un mes
Your commitment and excitement to engineering is terrific. I'm not an engineer, but you explain things with a zeal that informs as well as inspires others to dig deeper, truly wonderful videos.
eitughtueir
eitughtueir Hace un mes
I know you're a civil engineer, so I can see how you can say that our roadways are superior in generality, but you should mean specifically that they are superior mechanically to the roads of the ancients. The modern North American urban/suburban hellscape is really not superior esthetically and even functionally at moving people around conveniently.
Jeff
Jeff Hace un mes
I mean, him beeing an engineer kidn of implies he speaks to practical qualities first. That said, modern roads are far superior in functionality to get people around in vehicles of all kinds faster. The lack of functionality in American roads comes most for insanely bad traffic planning, horrible driver skill and training, and quite frankly bafflingly bad vehicle legislation (cut down legal car sizes to what they are in europe, and a lot of your porblems suddenly ramp down or flat out disapear)
William Jeppson
William Jeppson Hace 3 días
Great introduction, thank you for providing an insider's perspective
Максим Иванов
Finally, someone told our true story! ))) Once my boss, chief engineer when asked by our CEO why he was constantly doing nothing, answered: "I think. So you could sell. And our boys could provide for their families. Now, if you don't mind..." He never blinked =) loved that guy talking to superiors!
PCap
PCap Hace un mes
I really really want to see a bridge built with a design by a two year old that's meant to carry monster trucks for a million years, that sounds awesome
Dike Mawson
Dike Mawson Hace un mes
I work in construction surveying, and this video is very accurate. I love your content!
TheRoadfarmer
TheRoadfarmer Hace un mes
22 year construction laborer here, I've seen thousands of people standing around doing absolutely nothing at a job site over my time.
Andy
Andy Hace un mes
Hey Practical Engineering! Thanks for the video. Quick question....you mentioned towards the end of the video that structures can be designed to be built on silt which won't fail. Can you provide an example? I'm a civil guy, and I haven't seen any sizable structures built on fine grain soils.
Risky Nights
Risky Nights Hace un mes
As a former road construction worker, there was an enormous amount of standing around and waiting
Nick p
Nick p Hace un mes
The pantheon in Rome still looks great and we have to replace modern concrete buildings way more often. There's a difference there
Jeff
Jeff Hace un mes
Yes, three main differences in fact, some of them mentioned in the video. 1) Construction costs. How much you are willing to spend makes an enormous difference. 2) Capabilities and space. What use and capability does your building need to have, and how much space can you 'spend' on walls, floors etc. 3) Maintenance cost and type. The Pantheon and similar buildings eat a ton of money for maintenance. A lot of modern construction is based on building techniques and materials that last a certajn time with minimal maintenance, and then get replaced. Depending on what you do that might be cheaper than building something that lasts longer but needs more continuous maintenance.
Gregory Lewis
Gregory Lewis Hace un mes
As a safety professional with 27 years on the job, the past 15 in geotech I applaud your videos. The behind the scenes work is what most people never see. Trust me, there really is no such thing as a lazy field craft in our business, they would not last on most projects. Appearances are very deceiving, the majority of my 50 to 60 hour week is very busy and stressful, so if you see us “standing around” I invite you to spend a day in our boots.
(CRN) Cuachon Rail Network
As someone who does surveying, I do feel more lazy in the office than on the field
TheBayru
TheBayru Hace un mes
@Robert S No, I just have to move really slowly because otherwise my computer can't keep up with me.
Kurt Neumann
Kurt Neumann Hace un mes
I do like that you said "more lazy in the office" because you have one of the laziest jobs I've seen. Important.. but lazy.
Robert S
Robert S Hace un mes
That's because people who work in offices don't do anything either. Lol
Evan Moon
Evan Moon Hace un mes
You are actually doing work when you are surveying the land - When four guys are looking at a hole while one guy is in the hole with a shovel and there’s one guy asleep in the work truck -- That’s the time that it doesn’t make sense
Miguel Almeida
Miguel Almeida Hace un mes
Bet
Johan Perez
Johan Perez Hace un mes
You call it “level of detail”, I call it plain bureaucracy
Joe Ferreira
Joe Ferreira Hace un mes
Good one, practical project management, skills and knowledge,experience. Love engineering, thank you. Clear thinking, time lines, logical thinking.
Matthew
Matthew Hace un mes
Another fantastic video Grady! It's good to see civil/construction engineering get a good plug. Compaction to 98% baby!
Jr Tr
Jr Tr Hace un mes
Heyy Grady, video suggestion I've seen some pictures of Lake mead and the hoover dam. I was wondering is it possible for the dam to collapse due to a lack of force provided by the water? Probably not but maybe you can package it in a way to educate us about balanced structures or something along those lines...? Love your channel mate, keep it up.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
Quick response for you - no. How would it be built if there was a need for the hydrostatic pressure to hold it up? Good question though.
Ankit Rattan
Ankit Rattan Hace un mes
You are the most simplest brilliant honest Practical civil engineer I have heard so far. Being a civil engineer myself, i must tell you how hard it is to be on site with all the physical and mental challenges. Kudos to you and your efforts to provide us your depth of knowledge. Please continue the good work Mr. Grady. ☺️
v R
v R Hace un mes
As someone who works in the field, thank you thank you thank you! I myself used to think 'what lazy people doing nothing standing around' & am now the person in the vest waiting around sometimes for safety reasons or because it's a project where field did not match plans and something needs to be changed. Sometimes, u can't work cos we have to wait for engineer to make a call on something
Wileon Smuts
Wileon Smuts Hace un mes
Love your work mate. Just starting a new career direction as a site engineer after being a land surveyor for a few years. Would be interesting to see a video on procurement/contract management, if only for my own edifiction. Cheers!
MarecFanciesAHat
MarecFanciesAHat Hace un mes
I'll always remember the passerby yelling at me for idling on my phone... As I was reading the blueprint of the project.
Richard Ross
Richard Ross Hace un mes
I was a town engineer shared between a dozen towns. I used to really investigate bids. The most common problem with low bidders was fraudulent bonds. It made it easy to disqualify questionable and bad contractors. When one protested I told him that we'll let the Attorney General decide if this was criminal fraud. I never saw nor heard from him again. The other problem was attempted substitution of materials. They tried to change my contract! You do a very good series of videos. Even though I've been retired for 11 years, I'm still interested in Civil Engineering. Happy Summer Solstice. Good Luck, Rick
Richard Ross
Richard Ross Hace un mes
@Tumleren In construction contracting, the owner normally requires a Bid Bond. The Bid Bond is to guarantee that the bidder will enter into the contract as proposed. Bonds are bought by the bidder from licensed insurance companies. When the contract is signed, the contractor has to provide a performance bond to guarantee that the work will be done to the standards in the contract. If the contractor leaves the job, the insurance company has to get the job finished. Bonds used to cost a lot. The fraudulent bonds that I came across were bid bonds from companies that were not licensed in my state and the companies weren't at the locations that they claimed. Good Luck, Rick
Tumleren
Tumleren Hace un mes
Can you explain what you mean by fraudulent bonds? Bonds as in what you buy for money?
thisisn'tmyrealname
@Richard Ross True, and thanks. I was asked once to help one of those decision makers rip off his company. He was highly placed, and we refused. We lost that client completely because of it. Fast forward though, and my competitor has the job. But it's a curse. He's so incompetent that the failures are too big to disguise, and he cannot be fired because he is in bed with the big man. What's worse, is he has screwed up that manager's home so badly it's uninhabitable. They all wound up losing their jobs together, and I am back up there working. They're all in court.
Richard Ross
Richard Ross Hace un mes
@thisisn'tmyrealname It is frustrating when you play by the rules but others get ahead by breaking the rules. I happened to me many times. The personal advantages to decision makers often makes the choice. Good Luck, Rick
thisisn'tmyrealname
We actually lost a bid one time for being _too_ low. We did a heated tire pad for a mine, for their 930e haul trucks and L-2350 loaders. It was 3' thick, 1" and 1 1/2" rebar on 6" spaces, 3 layers of it. Had a few other things going on, but nothing crazy. We did one for a small mine in a week, billed 600k, and made out like bandits as there was only about 350k in materials. So other mines wanted some, and put them out for tender. We bid 800k each. Lost he bid as the next lowest bid was 1.1 mil, and the highest bid was 1.4 million. We were told that they threw out our bid because they didn't think it could be done for that price. It'd be amazing if institutions compared notes, or even had memories (some do).
Sound Hound
Sound Hound Hace un mes
I'm a municipal/commercial civil estimator. This video explains every question I've ever heard about my career. If anyone shows more in-depth interest, (which has never happened) I'll link this video and watch it with them. Thanks a million Grady. 👍
Ntnher
Ntnher Hace un mes
Thank you for this timely video explaining the intricate and complication of construction work. This is a video that is significant for today's high demand for builders and carpenters because many existed the industry in the last 10 years. Today, not too many people want to get into this back labor intensive and small margin gain job.
abcd
abcd Hace un mes
Check out the series 'Engineering Connections' presented by Richard Hammond (British guy of Top Gear fame). The episode is 'Earthquake Proof Bridge'. Foundations of a major bridge crossing are founded on sand (not sure of exact soil profile). The Engineering Connections series is really interesting and explains the engineering concepts in simple terms with simple practical examples. Highly recommended.
Earthling
Earthling Hace un mes
I didn't have the myths but I still learned a lot more and now will revere civil engineers and people involved in construction even more 🙌
Fink Vids
Fink Vids Hace un mes
I just want to say thankyou so much for Inspiring me and motivating me as from your videos it gave me the engineering spark and fascination and motivated me to apply and go through the very long and difficult elimination process for an engineering apprenticeship, out of 200 applications for the role I managed to get through and get the job as one of the last six, I honestly and truly don't think I would be here without your videos, thankyou so much
Bob Kilmer
Bob Kilmer Hace un mes
I call this standing around "leaning on your shovel." I am in IT, not construction anymore, but I sometimes get called into meetings to "lean on my shovel" - being present to share information, give instructions when needed or just to observe.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
And the meeting is usually completely pointless, able to be summed up in a single email.
Joshua Tack
Joshua Tack Hace un mes
you mean the "this couldve been an email"? :))
Kevin C
Kevin C Hace un mes
I'm in software development, and I've been in IT. I think in office meetings, most people are like that. Invited just in case, without regard for how the meeting's priority compares to their other tasks.
H Man
H Man Hace un mes
Some people literally are lazy though and really don't feel guilty about watching others work. Have worked with a few
Stettafire
Stettafire Hace un mes
@Daniel Davies Alternatively, a senior engineer educating a junior engineer.
Luke Orr
Luke Orr Hace un mes
Question for you! How much of the text in the first few pages of a set of prints is actually boilerplate in your experience? I'm a super with a commercial construction company, we mostly build ground-up restaurants and retail projects, and it seems like there's an awful lot of copy-and-pasting going on in the design phase. Just curious!
Two Dogs And Their Family
Coming from a Project Manager, I thank you for explaining this others. Many times I am walking around on site and people probably wonder why I am not digging or pulling cables. But I am just out there ensuring everything is staying on schedule and getting done. And many time escalting problems that arise.
Oscar Winner
Oscar Winner Hace un mes
There are guys standing around - and guys in white helmets standing around. When you have to many white hats on site; you know there’s an issue.
Matt Lane
Matt Lane Hace un mes
Cool story but you don't have 5 guys standing around...
Chris Worthen
Chris Worthen Hace un mes
As the retired VP of a commercial construction company I would say you nailed it with this video. Well done!
Nickie Shadowfax Brooklyn
When I’m asked, I simply answer: anyone can design a bridge, but only an engineer can build a bridge that barely stands.
thejohnbeck
thejohnbeck Hace un mes
Biggest threat to lifespan is skimping on maintenance
Alex Criswell
Alex Criswell Hace un mes
I'm an engineer and I work on water and sewer systems. One of the jobs I've done is inspection work. To add to the first point, there are a lot of times you might be waiting on materials that are late. I don't know how many times I've been on a site for a concrete pour where the concrete was over an hour late. In many cases, you can't do much until that material arrives too.
Daniel Russell
Daniel Russell Hace un mes
I always tell people “Sure, with enough time and money, we can do anything” when they ask me if we can do something 😂
Faye Clark
Faye Clark Hace 26 días
I do archaeology monitoring at construction sites sometimes as part of my job, which is mostly to make sure heavy equipment doesn't disturb human remains or significant cultural material. It might look like just standing there doing nothing, but it's because we have to watch the dirt in case something pops out.
Wolfgang Sanyer
Wolfgang Sanyer Hace un mes
This is a great video! Well-researched, great presentation, and fair treatment of the subject matter. Thanks for putting it together!
Josh Werth
Josh Werth Hace un mes
I'm a State inspector. I totally understand how it looks like I'm just standing around or sitting in my truck. I think you did a great job describing our work. We are quality assurance for the state. Paying a worker a small salary to insure the state doesn't have to pay millions of dollars to Re-do something messed up. Pays for itself rather quickly. thanks for all the videos!
Kezanza the Great
Kezanza the Great Hace un mes
@Josh Werth When the stuff you've worked on isn't falling down and isn't showing any signs of falling down, you're doing it right. Maybe not everyone can fully appreciate that, but still - thank you for the work you do, making sure the modern world is that little bit safer for everyone as best you can. :)
Kezanza the Great
Kezanza the Great Hace un mes
@TheZooBrooksAB If you have no inspectors on site for a big project and it fails, potentially killing a bunch of people, *you alone* will be held accountable. Because *you* decided it was a good idea to not have anyone double check your work for potential flaws. That's also known as arrogance, and a lot of contractors have it. Many also have the mindset that their money matters more than the longevity of the building they're working on ... or the potential safety of anyone who might use it in future. Here's something for you to do. Look up any man-made disaster you want to, then count the number of safety violations leading up to it - particularly with structural failures. The mall collapse in South Korea is a good place to start. If you need further sources, Disasterthon, the USCSB and/or OSHA, Plainly Difficult, Ask a Mortician, and Fascinating Horror all have some good material here on ESvid that is well presented and well documented. And check the comments for further ideas. You'll find that there are some disasters that happened because regulations were insufficient or created a hazardous situation, but the vast majority of the time, the biggest and worst disasters happen because regulations were flippantly ignored altogether. And in those few instances where the regulations *were* the culprit, most of the time, the regulations were updated accordingly to prevent it happening again. Money is always capable of coming before human lives, and that includes with contractors. Just remember that regulations are written in blood - and if someone made a law against something, that's because someone did it, and it ended in horrific tragedy. You sound like the kind of guy to ignore all of this and continue to put money over safety anyway, because hard hats and vests are also "frivolous." But it's whatever, and even if you didn't learn a thing from my comment, maybe someone else did. Just don't forget your hard hat next time you walk on a construction site - it only takes once!
Matt Lane
Matt Lane Hace un mes
Come on bro, you sit in your car cause you took your bribe...
AaronOfMpls
AaronOfMpls Hace un mes
@Josh Werth Sounds to me like The Zoo BrooksAB is probably trolling. ANd btw, thank you for making sure things get done to spec! 😀
Connor
Connor Hace un mes
Grady, I've loved your content for years. 💙
john head
john head Hace un mes
Very interesting video! I honestly never thought about people on job sites with a none labor job.
kori228
kori228 Hace un mes
10:59 fun fact: recent minecraft update expanded the vertical world boundary and bedrock is way lower now
Yuu-kun
Yuu-kun Hace un mes
In regards to lowest bid model, the specified requirements (depending on what you are talking about) can be rather poorly made, and the bidders can simply offer what was asked, even if they know is not most adequate.
AL PD
AL PD Hace un mes
And two components can be seemingly both acceptable on paper but one be vastly inferior in practice.
Kerbalized
Kerbalized Hace un mes
I like your point about capital vs longevity. I can't imagine the cost on a parking deck designed to last 2 millennia
Wyatt Cooper
Wyatt Cooper Hace un mes
You should talk about materials testing and inspection. I work in this field and I have so much fun learning that side of construction.
S Sifr
S Sifr Hace un mes
"office workers are lazy" as a former office worker I can say this is not incorrect.
T J
T J Hace un mes
I really love your videos. I have nothing to do with Construction work or engineering of infrastructure as a mechanic for airplane engines, but know a fair bit of physics used in this field. Also i am also not an office guy and know that a lot of people have an even less, sometime extremely less understanding of this topic as me. Nevertheless i learn a lot from each of your videos and definetely share your interest and enthusiasm about this underappreciated topics a "normal" person does not even think or know of. Bonus: You have a great, calm, pleasant, voice to listen to which is real easy to understand and does not fatigue listening to :)
Shawn Aime
Shawn Aime Hace un mes
As an estimator for power & utility company, in my experience being awarded a project which was bid is a great feeling for a fraction of a second followed by panic wondering what I missed lol
OMGWTFFYA
OMGWTFFYA Hace un mes
@Colin Wilson in NZ understand me contracts you can come back at them for that
Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis Hace un mes
One usually wins a bid BECAUSE you forgot something... lol.
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson Hace un mes
@Shawn Aime needless to say, we won the bid :-}
Shawn Aime
Shawn Aime Hace un mes
@Colin Wilson yikes!
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson Hace un mes
Going back about 35 years I was working for a public utility company who had a contracting division who won a contract for a hospital wing on two floors. Somehow someone managed to miss the cost of the second floor when submitting the bid...
Alan Alcott
Alan Alcott Hace un mes
My favorite part of construction is when a 1 month project last 4. I saw three people cover 4 potholes in 2 days, great job guys!
Alan Alcott
Alan Alcott Hace 26 días
@DragonJo I live in California, 20 minutes from downtown L.A., nothing is ever finished on time.
DragonJo
DragonJo Hace 26 días
i worked (briefly, thank god) for a company that spent 4 months on one site. surprisingly, it would have been impossible to do it in the projected 1 month due to weather, but lasting more than 3 was due to gross miss-management and extreme micromanaging by the foreman, who was thrown in his first foreman job into a damage control situation where he knew only a small aspect of a relatively easy to learn (at least how everything works) industry. i came in as an experienced hand, worked there for a month, and was disgusted by how uncoordinated everything was, and how much standing around i was forced to do when i could have been working
Jeremy Mulholland
Jeremy Mulholland Hace un mes
This was superbly written! The humour was on point and the content is priceless. Seriously a very high quality production.
JJ_ Crank
JJ_ Crank Hace un mes
Excellent video. As a sub contractor I appreciated the first part the most. I was pressure washing earlier this week and after I finished rinsing off the deck... Before the actual detergent and final washing I took a break and was questioned why I stopped. 1 it was in the mid-90s, full sun (UV index of 10 or 11), high humidity and 2 my pressure washer has a duty cycle and can't operate constantly. Not only do I need breaks but so does my equipment.
hen ko
hen ko Hace un mes
As someone who does surveying, I do feel more lazy in the office than on the field
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