Journal / Seminar Paper

  • PROMOTING SAFER BUILDING CONSTRUCTION – Author: V. Suresh, former CMD, HUDCO, India and Human Settlements Specialist\

Abstract
The maximum loss to life and property in the Asian Region, due to frequent occurrence of natural disasters, dictates the need for the evolution of safer habitat, which can respond and resist the loads, forces and effects due to the natural disasters. This becomes imperative in the context of huge socio- economic loss to nations. Therefore, all efforts are to be promoted and nurtured for safer building construction to take care of normal loads and forces and the effects of natural disasters.

This can only happen when an enabling environment is created for effective techno-legal and techno financing regime for effective building regulatory mechanism for creating safe habitats. With large part of the communities belonging to low income strata, with people driven construction processes, appropriate grass root level technology transfer initiatives should be put in place for creating awareness, appreciation and application models for using disaster resistant and cost effective building technologies. The multi pronged strategies to create safer habitat, as a people’s movement would need massive community participation and use of media, governmental and technology back up delivery support.

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PROMOTING SAFER BUILDING CONSTRUCTION – Author: V. Suresh, former CMD, HUDCO, India and Human Settlements Specialist

  • Reliability and Construction Practices in Building Construction Industry of Bangladesh-Author:Md. Zakaria Ahmed,Md. Saiful A. Siddiquee,Md. Sadik Khan

Abstract

In Bangladesh, the building construction sector of infra-structure industry is growing remarkably. However inadequate safety requirements in construction sites causing injuries even death to workers are common. In addition, inadequate detailed drawings of the design, poor quality of construction, lack of proper supervision and lack of enforcement of building codes and regulations have made the Dhaka city vulnerable to natural hazards like earthquakes and seasonal devastated flood. In particular, there is a growing apprehension in the country that a moderate to severe earthquake in any of the major cities of Bangladesh may result in a devastating loss of life and property. In the recent past, some buildings have collapsed in Dhaka city even under gravity loads due to poor subsurface investigation and construction practice. In this investigation, the risk factors in the construction sectors are identified qualitatively. Risk factors in construction sectors can be divided into structural risk and human risk. Structural risk means the structure is not safe for its designed loads and does not ensure a safe place for the users of the building. On the other hand lack of proper safety measures and facilities in the construction sites may result in human risk. In this study, the safety measures taken by the management personnel and the workers are investigated with regard to the safety issues. This paper presents the outcome of this investigation and a recommendation for ensuring safety measures and sustainable growth of construction industry of Bangladesh.

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Reliability and Construction Practices in Building Construction Industry of Bangladesh-Author:Md. Zakaria Ahmed,Md. Saiful A. Siddiquee,Md. Sadik Khan

  • What Turned Many Apartment Buildings Vulnerable In Bangladesh?-Author:Prof. Bijon B. Sarma

Abstract

In view of tremendous increase of population in scarcity of land, multi-level apartment buildings were accepted as a good solution in the busy cities of Bangladesh. Such buildings usually are constructed with reinforced concrete. At this stage, no one gave deep thought about the fact that “Concrete is an experimental material with many limitation”. In the present process of construction, there is no scope for the owners of the apartments to look into the quality of works. It is quite doubtful if the people whose responsibility was to ensure it did their duties. The reasons for expressing such doubt are :

(a) In the democratic country of Bangladesh there is no transparent mode of collection of fund for running the activities of the political parties. It is known to all that “law breakers and privilege enjoyers” supply this fund. For this reason the political government at times introduces various administrative regulations and then allows their violation for obvious reasons. The rules and regulations introduced in connection with design and construction of multi-level apartment buildings also suffered from similar fate.

(b) In a situation where the prospective owners of apartments did not have any scope to look into the quality of works, there was scope for the developers to negotiate with the government’s vigilance team, there is wide possibility that some, if not all, of such buildings were constructed with defects and deficiencies.

This paper would endeavor to show some of the common mistakes and deficiencies. At present a considerable section of affluent people live in multi-level apartment buildings either as owner or rent-payer. Also many non-resident wage earners may feel pleasure to think that that they have “accommodated their old parents” in the “safest place of high-rise apartment building”. After knowing the situation of vulnerability of such buildings one may however wonder if those “safest places” are safe or mere “death traps”.

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What Turned Many Apartment Buildings Vulnerable In Bangladesh?-Author:Prof. Bijon B. Sarma

  • Post Disaster Management Issue Related to Building Collapses

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Post Disaster Management Issue Related to Building Collapses

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