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  • A subway waggon called Desire – How Vienna got a subway

    The time has finally come: the city of Vienna is getting its sixth underground line! It bears the number five – curious enough for a blog post, one might think, but there are so many more exciting things to write about the subway. Therefore, in the next few weeks we…

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  • EVOLUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

    Scientific information is often difficult to understand, full of technical terms and and complicated formulas. We have talked to civil engineer Jan Onne Backhaus about evolutionary algorithms for our current article in a way that everyone – from geneticists to computer scientists to elementary school children – can understand it.…

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  • BONES, BOMBS AND BUNKERS – UNEXPECTED UNDERGROUND

    A German proverb says „On the back of a horse, true happiness can be found.“ It should rather read ‘Unhappy horses lie under the ground’. One of these horses was disturbed in its last rest and brought to the surface by Hendrike Gramatke. eguana asked the construction manager at Stump-Franki…

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  • INTO THE MOUNTAIN

    No, there are no canaries in the center on the mountain (ZaB, www.tunnellinghub.com) – there is no Balrog either. However, attentive miners can encounter foxes and snakes, explains Robert Wenighofer, research assistant at the Chair for Subsurface Engineering at the Montan University Leoben. Together with university professor Robert Galler he…

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    “Wherever he saw a hole he always wanted to know the depth of it. To him this was important. ” The path of Thorsten Kratz might not lead all the way to the center of the earth, but nevertheless into unknown depths. In the best manner of science-fiction-prophet Jules Verne,…

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  • sometimes its the little things – what our widgets can do

    Just as the Good Witch of the North needs her Munchkins and supervilllain Gru can’t work without his Minions, we at eguana sometimes need a little help from our friends, namely our widgets. They support and beautify eguana SCALES. Find out all about what widgets actually are and what our…

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  • Staying safe with IT security

    In the beginning there was the internet. Well, not at the very beginning. First came the light (or was it the chicken?). But in any case the World Wide Web existed long before IT security. IT security continues to live a neglected existence in the minds of most users, but…

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  • Hybrid Injections – The Best of Both Worlds

    Once again our well-known archenemy is trying to thwart our plans: water. We have already dedicated several blogs to this topic, for example to enlighten our readers about sealing measures in anhydrite-bearing mountains, or to get insight into dewatering methods from the Bronze Age to the present. Today’s blog entry…

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  • Time is money: saving time and money with digital construction process management

    Distance learning, Zoom-conferences, theatre visits via the own laptop. Due to the corona-related social distancing and the associated home office, digitisation has been boosted in Austria which finally brought us into the 21st century. The construction industry too is realising slowly but steady that digitisation can simplify many processes –…

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  • Tempjet: You don’t only measure twice

    What do a specialist foundation engineer and a secret agent have in common? More than one might think. Equipped with many technical gadgets, both primarily work in the dark and you rarely see them doing their work. What the grenade launcher is for James Bond is the power drill for…

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