Friday, June 24, 2011

Made in China

Yes, it's an entire 13-story building in China, lying on the ground

How it happened?

An underground garage was being dug on the south side of the building, to a depth of 4.6 meters (15 ft). The excavated dirt was being piled up on the north side of the building, to a height of 10 meters (32 ft).

They dug right up to the base of the building. Then the rains came. The building experienced uneven lateral pressure from north to south. This resulted in a lateral pressure of 3,000 tonnes, which was greater than what the un-reinforced pilings could tolerate. Thus, the building toppled completely over in a southerly direction.

If the surrounding buildings were closer together, it would have resulted in a domino effect. Notice from the slideshow images that there's NO rebar in the pilings. Just some wire mesh. They built 13 stories on grade, with no basement, and tied it all down to hollow pilings with no rebar.

Made by a national industry that make children’s toys and perhaps makes your next car.

Now that is a true snafu, and China manufactures nearly EVERYTHING we buy and use today.

(Source: Forwarded to the Association by email)

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager


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