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Civil Engineering/doubts regarding plinth beams


shamsuddin wrote at 2009-09-03 07:12:50

please consult expert civilengineer designer(structural)and he should visit the site and then

it could be framed an opinion for the fear you reserve in your mind.

Jay wrote at 2011-03-25 13:42:26
If the footing is not deeper in the ground (less than 50% of the length of stilt column), the plinth beams are not required.

Also, plinth beams are very much required for pressure adjustments in case of earthquakes. So irrespective of any other reasoning, plinth beams should be constructed if you are building a house more than 1 storey.

VISHAL AGARWAL wrote at 2014-11-13 16:02:55
if you do not provide plinth beam before starting the building then the walls of the building may settledown due to sudden imposed load and provide the unevenness in the ground, it is compalsory to provide plinth beam.


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I can answer any questions to do with civil and structural engineering consultancy and construction industry in East Africa and the Middle East, and specifically with the analysis and design of reinforced concrete structures. My particular expertise is in the aseismic design and optimisation of tall buildings.


Employment history: 40 years in Construction and consultancy in the UK, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Africa, Somalia, Zambia, Austria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Doha and the U.A.E.

.Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) .Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers(UK) .Member of the Institution of Engineers, Kenya .Registered Engineer, ERB, Kenya .Member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (Engineers Chapter) .Chartered Engineer (UK)

•1984: International Conference on the Art and Practice of Structural Design, London •1994: 3rd Int. Kerensky Conference in Structural Engineering, Singapore •2008: International Conference on High-Rise Towers, Abu Dhabi •2013: IEK International Conference, Kisumu, Kenya

BSc, 1st Class Hons, in Building Engineering, University of Bath, UK MSc in Concrete Structures and Technology, University of London. Diploma of Imperial College, UK.

Awards and Honors
•Science Congress Special Award (for 2-seater Hovercraft - 1968) •Institution of Civil Engineers Award for outstanding performance at Bath University (1975) •Concrete Society Postgraduate study Bursary Award (1976) •Consular Representative for British High Commission, Nairobi. (1995 to 1998) •Examiner for Institution of Civil Engineers Professional Interviews, Nairobi. (1997 to 1998) •Branch Representative in Vienna for PI assessment for Inst. of Struct. Engrs. (1999 to 2010)

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