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Tilting Building in Bangladesh

November 13th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Every time I hear that a jurisdiction wants to weaken its building code to placate local developers, I shake my head in disbelief.  We forget that modern building codes prevent tragedies.  On Saturday,  a 7 story apartment building in Bangladesh started tilting drastically into a 17 story building nearby. A report from that area states that:

The foundation of Kathalbagan building which was constructed on a filled up pond was required to reach a depth of 65 feet below the ground. But the developer found it convenient to carry out piling work up to a depth of 25 feet.

(You can see a picture at http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=26902 We need to remind our local officials that these types of tragedies rarely happen because we have strong building codes.

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