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Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 6:37 pm Post subject: Non-engineers and Steel Reinforcement
Adequate ( qualitative and quantitative ) provision for and proper implementation of steel reinforcement is a key to cost effective, durable and safe structures.
The society looks upon the structural engineers to recognize the importance and serve to help deliver adequate provision and proper implementation.
However there are other key persons whose attitude and decisions directly impact provisioning and implementation of steel reinforcement. Typically these are not engineers and I believe it is up to the structural engineers and the steel industry to inform these persons in language they can understand of the importance of steel reinforcement. There should be a special emphasis on keeping them abreast with key indicators of adequacy and developments in best implementation practices.
These people are : 1. The builder 2. The architect 3. The labour contractor 4. The labour 5. The government officials who give various approvals 6. The end user 7. NGOs involved with environment and habitat planning.
Suitable documents / multimedia presentations for each would serve to increase awareness and improve matters.
Is there any material available already?
The Tata Steel web site has a simple and educative detail of the steel making process for the layman ( http://www.tatasteel.com/steelmaking/default.asp ) . That is just the sort of approach required.
I know a concerted effort from SEFI can deliver more than a basic step in this direction.
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