Soon, hi tech tests to spot unsafe buildings in Mumbai
Oct 21, 2013
Source : The Times of India


MUMBAI: In a first, some of the city’s dilapidated structures like schools and hospitals will undergo ultrasonic pulse testing and 3D scanning to detect where structural flaws lie.

Probably for the first time in history, city’s few structurally weak critical lifeline buildings such as schools, hospitals and officers will undergo ultrasonic pulse testing and 3D scanning. Similar to pulse and x-ray tests conducted on patients, this will help identify structural damages if any.

The selected buildings will undergo corrosion meter tests, laser distance meter testing and velocity testings to identify their damages prior to their repairing and retrofitting by the team.

The development comes close on the heels of several building crashes in the Mumbai metropolitan region that have left scores dead.

“After zeroing in on the structural damage, the buildings will be repaired. The project will then be replicated all over the state,” said a senior Mantralaya official.

The pilot project will be completed by January 2014,” he added. A meeting was convened on October 19 by chief secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia in connection with the modalities of the plan. “Engineers from various agencies like the BMC, urban development department, Mhada, SRAlum Rehabilitation Authority, MMRDA, Cidco, MSRDC and PWD are being shortlisted. Similarly all these offices have been asked to suggest extremely critical lifeline structures ahead of the training of 40-member squad in November,” said I Z Kundan, secretary for disaster management.

Gauging the weak link

* Government agencies to zero in on key structures like schools, hospitals and railway buildings in Mumbai by November * A team of five engineers will be trained to identify, audit and repair weak structures

* Structural auditing to commence with diagnostic tools like ultrasonic pulse velocity meter, corrosion meter, laser-distance meter and 3D scanning of buildings by December

* Repair of buildings to be completed by January

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