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Strict Enforcement Of Building Code Stressed By GTSE

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Kathmandu, May 29, 2015: A strict enforcement of the building code has been stressed by the Global Team of Structural Engineers, a team of structural engineers from different countries.

The lenient enforcement of the building code, not carrying out soil test before constructing houses and buildings were responsible for the large-scale damage stated by the team comprising engineers from America, New Zealand and Australia among other countries that was here in connection with making an assessment of the structures damaged by the powerful earthquakes of April 25 and May 12.

The team of structural engineers has, after carrying field study of the buildings and infrastructures damaged by the earthquake in different places of the country, suggested formulating building code suitable for the varied geographical location of the places and strictly enforcing it in the post-quake reconstruction, the Initiative’s country director Hom Raj Acharya in an interaction programme organised by the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) said today.

Acharya said that the team has presented important suggestions for reconstruction in Nepal based on their experiences from these countries that arrived Nepal had also studied the earthquake damage in countries such as New Zealand, Haiti and others before this.The foundation of the building should be made stronger and the soil should be tested for building a strong structure, Team member Ken Oudel said.

Taking the advice of structural engineers for the reconstruction and repair of the damaged buildings and structures was suggested by other members of the team Sonny Fite and Jason Longham. Further they suggested rebuilding the damaged historical buildings and temples using both the traditional building methods as well as the modern scientific methods for their restoration in their original shape and style.

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