Location

Arlington, Virginia

Session Start Date

8-11-2008

Session End Date

8-16-2008

Abstract

This paper is a case study for a governmental building in a site located at Katamia zone (an extension of Great Cairo, Egypt). The site is belonging the Great Cairo Bus Station under the authority of Ministry of Transportation. It consists of two buildings and a shed for buses cleaning and lubrication. The buildings had been constructed since 15 years. However after two years of construction many cracks were noticed in the main building. Furthermore, after another few years, sever cracks had appeared in different parts of the building and the concrete water tank on the roof of same building had suffered from failure. The aim of this study is to know and examine the reasons of these cracks and damages which happened to the building, particularly the other building suffered no cracks or damages although it was built on the same soil and under the same conditions. Observation of the building movements were recorded over several years as well as soil investigation around and under the building. A structural analysis and an estimation of stresses under foundation have been calculated using a three dimensional finite element program before and after deformation. At the end of study the causes of the failure had been determined and conclusions were drawn

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Sixth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-11-2008

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2008 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Damage of Governmental Building Due to Geotechnical Properties (Case History)

Arlington, Virginia

This paper is a case study for a governmental building in a site located at Katamia zone (an extension of Great Cairo, Egypt). The site is belonging the Great Cairo Bus Station under the authority of Ministry of Transportation. It consists of two buildings and a shed for buses cleaning and lubrication. The buildings had been constructed since 15 years. However after two years of construction many cracks were noticed in the main building. Furthermore, after another few years, sever cracks had appeared in different parts of the building and the concrete water tank on the roof of same building had suffered from failure. The aim of this study is to know and examine the reasons of these cracks and damages which happened to the building, particularly the other building suffered no cracks or damages although it was built on the same soil and under the same conditions. Observation of the building movements were recorded over several years as well as soil investigation around and under the building. A structural analysis and an estimation of stresses under foundation have been calculated using a three dimensional finite element program before and after deformation. At the end of study the causes of the failure had been determined and conclusions were drawn