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Preventing buildings from collapsing

Postby Roger Ramjet » Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:06 pm

"In 1999 there was an earthquake in Chichi in Taiwan which was 7.6 [on the Richter scale]. It killed just over 2,000 people. The same magnitude earthquake in Kashmir in Pakistan in 2005 killed over 86,000.
"I was watching news [of the 2005 Pakistani earthquake], and the frustration that we know how to build against building collapse and prevent these deaths was really the motivation behind the work I'm doing now.
"With a lot of developing countries like Pakistan, Nepal and Haiti, the population are keen to use modern materials like concrete, but they haven't got the skills or money to build them properly.
"They have the aesthetic of concrete, but not the actual material of an engineered reinforced concrete building, and therefore when the earthquake strikes, it becomes dead weight and falls on the people inside.
"Because of urbanisation, we are tending to build more and more in cities, and in more hazardous regions. Population density is making the issue more prominent.
"I think it is possible to earthquake-proof a city. We have the knowledge and the know-how to prevent collapse of buildings. We have the knowledge and know-how of where to put people because of research into seismology.
Full story here:http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35810317
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Re: Preventing buildings from collapsing

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:02 pm

There has been a lot of arguments why Thai red bricks shouldn't be used. There are also the romantics who want to build a Thai style house because that's all the builder knows how to build and it looks "pretty" and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
For the above believers, they should watch this Thai film. http://www.bangkokpost.com/vdo/thailand ... tyle-house
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Re: Preventing buildings from collapsing

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:07 pm

And it wasn't just one house that collapsed, it was dozens that were damaged as well.........the photos tell the story.....all those cheap cost cutting measures and red bricks everywhere, along with tile roofs. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... -northeast
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Re: Preventing buildings from collapsing

Postby schuimpge » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:44 am

Had a good laugh yesterday when I saw that item.
First they're talking about a 20m Baht house, next article about the same house it's 3m Baht.
Then checked the pictures, and sure that's a 3 million baht house, looks like it was build from fire-matches glued together..sjeez..
Foundations, another big laugh. Concrete pad, stick some thin metal strips in it, bolt the poles on with 2 bolts only.. done. Not even 2 strips per pole.. nah, too expensive, just one is enough.
And looking at the wooden pole next to it, that sure aint teak. Not even a hardwood of sorts.
He should really consider himself lucky as hell that he was outside that house at the time..

Amazing Thailand..

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