[ENG] Observing the foundations / [ESP] Observando las fundaciones

[ENG] Go for a walk / [ESP] Salir a caminar

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Family outing. Selfie. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 02/18/2021. In the photograph you can see the Guarenas-Guatire Intercommunal, the north track bridge and the paralyzed, unfinished subway work. The Metro Caracas - Guarenas - Guatire transportation system is an urban metro and suburban light rail project that, despite having been under "construction" for almost 10 years, remains unfinished.

Paseo familiar. Selfie. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021. En la fotografía pueden ver la Intercomunal Guarenas-Guatire, el puente de la pista norte y la obra paralizada, inconclusa del metro. El sistema de transporte Metro Caracas - Guarenas - Guatire​ es un proyecto de metro urbano y tren liviano suburbano que pese a que lleva casi 10 años en "construcción" sigue inconcluso.


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The author of the post. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 02/18/2021. In the photograph you can see the Guarenas-Guatire Intercommunal and the columns of the paralyzed subway work.

El autor del post. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021. En la fotografía pueden ver la Intercomunal Guarenas-Guatire y las columnas de la obra paralizada del metro.


     La vida es un constante aprendizaje, todos aprendemos de todo y de todos. Aprendemos de lo que nos rodea. Nuestros sentidos están alertas el día entero para experimentar experiencias nuevas, de eso se trata la existencia: aprender a ser, aprender a conocer y aprender a convivir. La persona humana debe, con mucha humildad, aceptar que el conocimiento que posee es limitado, por esa razón, debemos estar dispuestos a aprender en cada momento de nuestra vida.

     Life is a constant learning, we all learn from everything and everyone. We learn from what surrounds us. Our senses are alert all day to experience new experiences, that's what existence is all about: learning to be, learning to know and learning to live together. The human person must, with great humility, accept that the knowledge he possesses is limited, for that reason, we must be willing to learn at every moment of our lives.


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Family walk. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021. In the photograph you can see the parking lot of Buenaventura shopping center.

Paseo familiar. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021. En la fotografía pueden ver el estacionamiento del centro comercial Buenaventura.


     When my children were one of our children, they taught us to be parents, today they continue to teach us. We, in turn, teach them everything we could, especially principles and values. Learning is holistic, it's global, it involves everything and it involves us all. On each family walk we feed back on knowledge to each other. Yesterday something interesting happened for us that I want to share with you, my friends in this wonderful community. It turns out that my wife and I went out with our twin sons for a walk, along the way we reminded them that when they were children, each walk was transformed into a pedagogical fact, all the moments and circumstances we took advantage of them to teach and learn. Before they learned from us and now we learn from them, today we teach each other... that's life!

     Cuando mis hijos eran uno niños nos enseñaron a ser padres, hoy nos siguen enseñando. Nosotros, a su vez, les enseñamos todo lo que pudimos, especialmente, principios y valores. El aprendizaje es holístico, es global, involucra todo y nos involucra a todos. En cada paseo familiar nos retroalimentamos de conocimientos los unos a los otros. Ayer pasó algo interesante para nosotros que deseo compartir con ustedes, mis amigos de esta maravillosa comunidad. Resulta que mi esposa y yo salimos con nuestros hijos gemelos a dar un paseo, en el camino les recordamos que cuando ellos eran niños, cada paseo era transformado en un hecho pedagógico, todos los momentos y circunstancias las aprovechamos para enseñar y aprender. Antes ellos aprendieron de nosotros y ahora nosotros aprendemos de ellos, hoy nos enseñamos mutuamente... ¡Así es la vida!


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My children @memj0310 - @manuelmilano. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Mis hijos @memj0310 - @manuelmilano . Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


     Taking into consideration the above, we found ourselves on our walk with the construction showing the photographs, a situation that caught our attention because my twins are newly graduated civil engineers, so they took the opportunity to explain step by step what we were observing. I must confess that I know something about it; However, I don't interrupt them because I love listening to them, I'm proud of them, I admire them and I love them. My wife, who is un expressive, cannot hide the emotion by hearing the pedagogical explanation that our children give us regarding the issue of civil construction.

     Tomando en consideración lo anterior, nos encontramos en nuestro paseo con la construcción que muestran las fotografías, situación que nos llamó la atención porque mis gemelos son Ingenieros civiles recién graduados, por lo que aprovecharon la oportunidad para explicarnos paso a paso lo que estábamos observando. Debo confesar que conozco algo del tema; sin embargo, no los interrumpo porque me encanta escucharlos, me siento orgulloso de ellos, los admiro y los amo. Mi esposa, que es poco expresiva no puede ocultar la emoción al escuchar la pedagógica explicación que nuestros hijos nos dan, relacionada al tema de construcción civil.


Next Photographic memory / A continuación Memoria fotográfica

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Structure foundations. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Fundaciones de la estructura. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


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Structure foundations. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Fundaciones de la estructura. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


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Structure foundations. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Fundaciones de la estructura. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


     In the previous 3 photographs, a system of deep foundations is seen where piles are designed as the most suitable solution to support the superstructure, in addition, on the piloting was designed a large head that allows to join 4 piles, mooring beams and the central column. The heads are reinforced concrete structures, which allow to join the elements (Beams, piles and columns) and in turn take care of bringing the loads of the superstructure to the piles, this are the ones that transmit the loads to the ground. Another important fact that was pointed out to me is that at present, it is difficult to visualize works of this magnitude, in Venezuela, where a large number of piles are required, this is because no works are being carried out today and the few that already under construction are usually closed to the public until the day of its inauguration.

     En las 3 fotografías anteriores, se aprecia un sistema de fundaciones profundas donde se diseñan pilotes como la solución más adecuada para soportar la superestructura, además, sobre el pilotaje se diseñó un cabezal de gran tamaño que permite unir 4 pilotes, vigas de riostra y la columna central de la estructura. Los cabezales son estructuras en concreto reforzado, que permiten unir los elementos (Vigas, pilotes y columnas) y a su vez se encargan de llevar las cargas de la superestructura a los pilotes, esto son los que transmiten las cargas al suelo. Otro dato importante que me señalaron, es que en la actualidad, es difícil visualizar obras en Venezuela de esta magnitud, donde se requiera un número grande de pilotes, esto se debe a que no se están haciendo obras hoy en día y las pocas que ya están en construcción suelen estar cerradas para el público hasta el día de su inauguración.


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Materials and machinery of the work. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Materiales y maquinarias de la obra. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


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My children @memj0310 - @manuelmilano. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Mis hijos @memj0310 - @manuelmilano . Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


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Telescopic tower crane. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Grúa torre telescópica . Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


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Telescopic tower crane. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Grúa torre telescópica . Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


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Retaining wall. Photograph owned by the author @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.
Muro de contención. Fotografía propiedad del autor @marcosmilano71. Guarenas, 18/02/2021.


     In this last photograph you can see, the construction of a retaining wall, screen type. These walls allow to project basements or subsoils during the construction process, its function is to contain the horizontal thrusts of the excavated terrain. Note the anchoring that the screen has attached to the slope, which allows it greater strength and resistance.

      En esta última fotografía pueden apreciar, la construcción de un muro de contención, tipo pantalla atirantada. Estos muros permiten proyectar sótanos o subsuelos durante el proceso constructivo, su función es contener los empujes horizontales del terreno excavado. Nótese el anclaje que tiene la pantalla atirantada al talud, lo cual le permite mayor fortaleza y resistencia.


     NOTE AT THE CLOSING OF THE POST: With great humility and respect, I want to apologize to the administrator friends of this community @ Architecture + Design because it is, mainly, to publish everything related to the sublime world of architecture and design. I recognize that I have been publishing some things that have little or nothing to do with the reason for the community being; however, I have noticed receptivity and support, as well as words of encouragement in each comment, a beautiful gesture that I appreciate. I confess that I am not an architect, nor a designer, nor an engineer, I am just an admirer of aesthetics and beauty. I love learning and this community has valuable, intelligent people, excellent professionals from whom I learn every day. Thank you and congratulations to all who make life in this great @hive family. Greetings from Venezuela and infinite blessings for all.

     NOTA AL CIERRE DEL POST: Con mucha humildad y con respeto, quiero pedir disculpas a los amigos administradores de esta comunidad @Architecture+Design debido a que es, principalmente, para publicar todo lo relacionado al mundo sublime de la arquitectura y el diseño. Reconozco que he venido publicando algunas cosas que poco o nada tienen que ver con la razón de ser de la comunidad; sin embargo, he notado receptividad y apoyo, además de las palabras de aliento en cada comentario, gesto hermoso que agradezco. Confieso que no soy arquitecto, ni diseñador, ni Ingeniero, solo soy un admirador de la estética y de la belleza. Me encanta aprender y esta comunidad tiene gente valiosa, inteligente, excelentes profesionales de las cuales aprendo cada día. Gracias y felicitaciones a todos los que hacen vida en esta gran familia de @hive. Saludos desde Venezuela e infinitas bendiciones para todos.


Author, Autor: Marcos Milano

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Thanks a lot. Greetings and infinite blessings.

Muchas Gracias. Saludos y bendiciones infinitas.

A lovely sunny day to bond and stroll with the family indeed! By "hitting 2 birds with 1 stone", you enjoy intimate moments with your loved ones as well as gain new learning experiences from the surrounding excavation work and from your twin sons who are civil engineers! Isn't that wonderful? It's certainly a great joy to witness the construction process at its initial phases - the assembly of the structural components for the site's critical foundations.

May I know what type of building function they're constructing in that area @marcosmilano71?

Good morning from Venezuela. Hello friend @storiesoferne. Thanks for your comment. Certainly the sunny day and the family are a blessing. That construction takes years and is just in its founding phase. I presume that they have changed the use several times because now we asked and one of the workers answered us that it was going to be destined for a Mega Department Store. A kind of Shopping Center belonging to a specific brand. Here in Venezuela there is a major brand economic aberration. While the official propaganda that is transmitted outside the country says that we are a thriving country, those of us who survive here know that it is not so. Venezuela is getting worse every day, increasing poverty ... but on the other hand, this type of construction appears that nobody knows where the resources for its construction come from. This is life here. When this happens, common people say: "the owner of this must be a plug" (people from the government who have a lot of money) in contrast to the poor people. Thanks for comment. Thanks very much buddy. A virtual hug but full of respect and affection. Infinite blessings.

Buenos días desde Venezuela. Hola amigo @storiesoferne. Gracias por tu comentario. Ciertamente el día soleado y la familia son una bendición. Esa construcción lleva años y apenas está en su fase fundacional. Presumo que le han cambiado el uso varias veces porque ahora preguntamos y uno de los obreros nos respondió que iba a ser destinada para una Mega Tienda por departamentos. Una especie de Centro Comercial perteneciente a una marca específica. Aquí en Venezuela existe una aberración económica de marca mayor. Mientras la propaganda oficial que se transmite afuera del País dice que somos un País pujante, los que aquí sobrevivimos sabemos que no es así. Venezuela cada día está peor, aumentando la pobreza... pero por otra parte aparecen este tipo de construcciones que nadie sabe de dónde provienen los recursos para su construcción. Así es la vida aquí. Cuando esto pasa la gente común dice: " el dueño de esto debe ser un enchufado" (gente del gobierno que tiene mucho dinero) en contraste con el pueblo pobre. Gracias por comentar. Muchas gracias amigo. Un abrazo virtual pero cargado de respeto y cariño. Bendiciones infinitas.

That's amazing - a mega department store and a shopping center all in one! That would obviously take some years to complete due to the sheer size of the land area. Thanks a lot for the update and have a wonderful weekend!

That is such great post, The footing details are valuable. Architecture and design can be appreciated and admired by all one do not needs to have a professional background for that, appreciate your observing interest. Keep posting and greetings to your family.

Hi @ sahiba-frog. Good morning from Venezuela. I greet you with respect. Thank you for your valuable comment. You encourage me to continue investigating. I confess that I am very happy with this great family from the different friendly communities because there are valuable, decent, professional people who motivate, help and teach. Every comment is appreciated as a blessing from heaven. Thank you and infinite blessings for you and your loved ones. A virtual hug but full of respect and love.

Hola @sahiba-rana. Buenos días desde Venezuela. Te saludo con respeto. Gracias por tu valioso comentario. Me das ánimo para seguir investigando. Te confieso que estoy muy contento con esta gran familia de las distintas comunidades amigas porque existe gente valiosa, decente, profesional que motiva, ayuda y enseña. Cada comentario es apreciado como una bendición del cielo. Gracias e infinitas bendiciones para ti y para tus seres queridos. Un abrazo virtual pero cargado de respeto y mucho cariño.

Thank you and warm regards to you too, Always welcomed with lots of respect and appreciation. Keep posting, great content @marcosmilano71:))

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Hello @marcosmilano71, I am now catching up on blog posts after arriving home from 7 days of indispensable travel to Manila. It's fascinating to see construction sites. For me, it's the beauty of project management, orchestrating the precision of each schedule. I admire project managers who make things happen and seeing the developments as time passes.
I'm sure this translates to something even more meaningful for your children. I could just imagine their enthusiasm discussing various elements on site.

Hi @discoveringarni Glad you're back. We missed you for these spaces. Both you and the friend @storiesoferne and other good friends of this wonderful family have us used to your valuable comments full of good wishes and motivation. Regarding your comment, yes, it is true, my children are very excited to see this type of work, they are excited and we, the parents, are very proud of them because, in addition to being good professionals, they are good young people, decent ... excellent guys, thank goodness. From this humble corner of the Venezuelan geography I say goodbye asking God for abundant blessings for you and for your loved ones. Receive a virtual hug full of respect and affection.

Hola @discoveringarni Me alegra que estés de vuelta. Te extrañabamos por estos espacios. Tanto Usted como el amigo @storiesoferne y otros buenos amigos de esta maravillosa familia nos tienen acostumbrados a sus valiosos comentarios cargados de buenos deseos y de motivación. Con relación a su comentario, sí, es cierto, a mis hijos les entusiasma mucho ver este tipo de obras, ellos se emocionan y nosotros, los padres, nos sentimos muy orgullosos de ellos porque, además de ser buenos profesionales, son jóvenes buenos, decentes... excelentes muchachos, gracias a Dios. Desde este humilde rincón de la geografía venezolana me despido pidiéndole a Dios abundantes bendiciones para ti y para tus seres queridos. Recibe un abrazo virtual cargado de respeto y cariño.