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Building Collapse in Tibet

Building Collapse in Tibet

RE: Building Collapse in Tibet

I think it is more of a location and not the source of the materials. Nepal is more forgiving for engineers and construction.

Tibet and that area is certainly a challenge to build in and provide long term structures. - A large population, very little land for construction and many logistic problems. Even getting in by air can be tough even for the normal Chinese materials and products. - It is definitely a "developing" area in a vast area. There is the technology in China, Tibet and India, but even buildings in California do move even on better sites.

It is certainly a challenge without the goats and pack animals. Even the airport sites are quite a challenge.


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RE: Building Collapse in Tibet


"More Chinese material?" Sorry, the comment was a political commentary on China vs. Tibet...

For several years I worked with the project architect for the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and went over the seismic design to review the manner in which brick masonry was reinforced for general interest. Project was done by NORR from Toronto.


RE: Building Collapse in Tibet

dik -

I imagine it was a challenge to do seismic design and construction a few years ago near TIA. The masonry use is definitely more related to Chinese traditions than to the south where they even have rudimentary CMUs compared to North America.

I did visit TIA for about 20 minutes on a flight from Amsterdam to New Delhi. - We had iced tea while sitting under the wing of our plane while a sensor or switch was replaced. They did not want take a chance on landing in Delhi without the replacement flown in from Delhi. I did set foot in Kathmandu, so I could officially add that to my travel list. The landing approach from the WNW was certainly beautiful and entertaining.

The trials and entertainment of working internationally are worth it if you can handle the time zones.


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RE: Building Collapse in Tibet

IRS: I start the morning out with a cup of coffee and BBC, Guardian, der Spiegel, Reuters, CTV and CBC, ericmargolis, etc... I mentioned nothing about flash floods, sink holes, etc...


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