One of the most beautiful steel structure ever built is the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1889, it only took two years to finish the construction. And what is amazing about this structure, is that is all steel (except the foundation of course). The genius behind this iconic tower is Mr Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel who was an acclaimed bridge builder, architect and metal expert. How did he manage to build this tower in just two short years? The principle of construction adopted by Eiffel was simple. At his workshop, the metal parts are assembled with temporary rivets to form elements that are less than 3 tons. Then it was the installer who came into play, where they collected the parts and assembled them. How did they mount the structures? To build the Eiffel Tower a total of 2.5 million rivets were used.
Steel structures nowadays are no different. Though the technology changes, the principle stays the same. However, one that we would like to highlight is the beauty of prefabricated structures. In a way, Mr Alexandre-Gustave uses a prefabricated method in building the Eiffel tower where the parts of the structure were built offsite and installed onsite using various methods. We believe that this is one of the reasons why the Eiffel Tower was built in just two short years.
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