Steel has been rumoured to have been in use since ancient times, with archaeologists finding evidence of steel proofs dating to 2000 BC. However, its contemporary usage began amidst the industrial revolution of the 17th century, during which steel was utilised in numerous structures. The usage & implementation of the material has only improved in the subsequent years with numerous companies (including Billsons Steel) the world over utilising the metal.
In the past century, skills, tools & understanding of steel have allowed engineers to craft a number of truly awesome constructs. A number of them are explored below.
The suspended girders & Y-shaped towers are made of steel.
Basilica – Philippines
In San Sebastián, Manila is situated the only pre-fabricated steel church the world over; Basilica Minore de San Sebastián. The building is constructed in the Gothic revival aesthetic that was popular in the late 19th century. It was inaugurated & blessed in 1891.
At one time, Willis Tower was the tallest building in the world & remains the tallest structure throughout the United States; it has 108 stories. The module structure of the building is based upon steel columns supporting the entirety of its frame.
Billsons Fact; the building was originally known as Sears Tower
Whilst Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Americas, the Burj Khalifa has the distinction of being the tallest tower in the world. It possesses 163 floors & is an astounding 829.3 metres high. The construction of the Burj was achieved using a revolutionary bundled tube steel method.
The Burj, showcasing environmental consciousness, utilises only half the steel comprising the Empire State Building.
The Eiffel Tower
Arguably the most recognisable steel structure in the world, Paris’s Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889. Initially completed in time for the World Fair, the building was only intended to stand for 20 years. However, proving invaluable for communicative purposes, the Eiffel Tower was left.
More than a century later, the Parisian building remains one of the country’s most identifiable structures.
Billsons Fact; French radio have had an aerial upon the tower since 1918. Since 1957 the tower has also been pivotal in TV transmission