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  1. A shallow space in a building which workers can enter to gain access to pipes, wires, and equipment. 2. A shallow space located below the ground floor of a house and surrounded by the foundation wall.


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FURRING

Thin strips of wood or metal fastened to joists, studs, ceilings, or inner walls of a building to provide a level surface or air space over which the finished surface can be applied. Also known as batten; furring strip.

CLEANOUT DOOR

An opening in the side of a tank usually at ground level and covered by a plate to provide access for removal of sediments from the bottom of the tank.

DESIGN HEATING LOAD

The space heating needs of a building or an enclosed area expressed in terms of the probable maximum requirement.

PILOT TUNNEL

A small tunnel or shaft excavated in advance of the main drivage in mining and tunnel building to gain information about the ground, create a free face, and thus simplify the blasting operations.

COFFERDAM

Narrow void space between two bulkheads or floors. The purpose of a cofferdam is to provide a barrier space between tanks containing different liquids.

MICRO AIR VEHICLE

A very small airborne autonomous vehicle that can operate inside a building using primarily visual and other sensory information to navigate.

LIFT-SLAB CONSTRUCTION

Pouring reinforced concrete roof and floor slabs at ground level, then lifting them into position after hardening.

FOUNDATION

  1. The ground that supports a building or other structure. 2. The portion of a structure which transmits the building load to the ground.

DECK

A platform in a ship corresponding to a floor in a building

PAVEMENT LIGHT

A window built into the surface of a pavement to admit daylight to a space below ground level.

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