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Significance of Technical Audits of all buildings

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:30 am    Post subject: Significance of Technical Audits of all buildings Reply with quote

Dear Friends
I hope we are all aware of the mandatory provisions of Ch-II NBC vis a vis the issue of Technical Audits for all important buildings and all buildings>15 m in height ; it’s advised to carry out comprehensive multi disciplinary audits every 3 to 5 years and ensure that inadequacies are addressed and strengthening carried out before issuing a Fitness Certificate to the Building Owners. In addition, NDMA Guidelines of Hospital Safety mandate an Immediate Occupancy design of all new Hospital Buildings and immediate Retrofit of all existing Hospitals as per their recommended guidelines.
Besides, many of us may not know that BIS 16700 (covering building structures>50m height from foundation level) does not permit the use of Moment Resistant Frame or flat Slabs and Shear Wall systems in Zones IV and V. There are many salient provisions of this Code requiring attention from our industry professionals including design engineers, Clients and Architects.

Besides, Asymmetry and Irregularities in planning of buildings and the implications , in Seismic Zones III,IV and V, are now even more clearly defined in BIS 1893-Part I, and I hope all of us are familiar with them?

However, in my experience, Local Authorities in most cities are neither aware of the above provisions nor equipped to handle such a gigantic task of Technical Audits and conveniently ignore the provisions(Ignorance is Bliss?? Certainly not, it’s a curse and will lead to disasters)

USAID and UNDP have recently carried out trainings for Govt Engineers in two cities on Technical Safety Audits and the Best Practices for Earthquake Resistant designs and our firm has been involved to deliver the trainings. I believe this activity may be emulated in more cities and Audits must be diligently implemented with the help of Industry professionals. More awareness must be created amongst all stakeholders to make it a mass movement for enhancing safety in our built habitat.

Best Regards
Sangeeta Wij
President,WISE India
Managing Partner
SD Engineering Consultants LLP
Vice President(North),Indian Association of Structural Engineers,
Fellow and Chartered Engineer, Institution of Engineers
H333 New Rajinder Nagar(Lower Ground Floor),
New Delhi-110060

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