Friday, July 19, 2013

1 Borneo: Is Sabah In The Ring Of Fire ?

Hantu Laut

Not sure what to make of this report.

I am not a structural engineer, but I have not seen expansion joint that runs through structural pillar or column of a building, if so, why only on one pillar.

I know of expansion joints on concrete walkway that is exposed to the heat of the sun to prevent cracking of the concrete slab, but have never seen them in column or pillars that run longitudinal and off centre.

1Borneo should be the last people to talk about expansion joints when it's the talk of the town that the 1Borneo building was shoddily built with cracked floors and tiles popping up all over the place. If they have complied with the building codes they wouldn't have such messy problems.

Unless a qualified structural engineer gave it a certificate of fitness and shown to the public, we should take the management assurance with a pinch of salt. 

Well, it seems not too difficult to please the YB when it is convenient for him to pick and choose his victim.

Read the article below:

Kota Kinabalu: Rumours of big cracks appearing in the basement columns and floor slabs of the 1Borneo building structure appear to be only "movement joints" of the building.
Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu said he and his team investigated the matter after receiving complaints from the public.
"I feel it is very important to clarify the matter because the rumours sounded as if there was going to be a serious structure failure involved," he said in a statement, Wednesday. This is so as to calm the public on the safety of the building.
Hiew said he and the 1Borneo management team was told that the "big cracks" on the concrete columns and floor slabs are actually constructed as "movement joints" so as to allow the building structure to contract and expand.
"These are also called 'expansion and contraction joints' and they are commonly found in large building structures," he said.
The cracks, he said, may look disturbing and may lead to people thinking that the columns had split into two from top to bottom but, actually, it is part of the building design.
Nevertheless, he suggested that the building management cover the unsightly cracks on the columns and floor slabs and also assured the public over the "cracks". He said some floor tiles in the building need to be replaced because they have became loose.
"But there should be adequate movement joints to be installed when the large floor tiles are replaced.
"This is to take care of the expansion of the tiles, so that they wouldn't pop up," he said, adding that the loose floor tiles can hurt the people especially children when run over it.
On other developments, Hiew suggested that the 1Borneo management build a sheltered bus stand in front of the complex for the convenience of commuters so as to protect them from the rain and sun.

1 comment:

Aki said...

Movement joint? Really.. Jadi why not the joint yang crack but instead the column splitting? Gila eh.. Selagi xada jawapan bernas, bahaya that 1b..