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Friday, October 2, 2009

West Sumatera Earthquake Disaster

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the city of Padang on Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing at least 1000 people and trapping thousands under rubble.

PADANG, Indonesia — Rescue workers, friends and family members frantically searched for survivors of a major earthquake for a second straight night, many of them using nothing but flashlights, as the death toll continued to rise here in West Sumatra.
Coordinators of the rescue effort have predicted there could be more than 1,000 killed by the quake, which struck Wednesday evening. A smaller, second earthquake rocked the region Thursday morning, just as residents and rescue workers were waking up to see the devastation around them.
In Padang, the capital of West Sumatra, officials confirmed Thursday that more than 400 bodies had so far been pulled from wrecked buildings. Hundreds more, they said, were still trapped.
In Pariaman, the closest village to the epicenter of the first quake, which measured a magnitude 7.6, police said about 200 people had been killed, many of them buried by a series of landslides dislodged by the earthquake. One villager from the area said the majority of the houses there had been flattened.
Police also said there were areas of West Sumatra where rescue workers had not yet been able to reach, indicating the damage could be even more widespread than originally thought.
A military spokesman said a thousand troops has been flown in Thursday to help in the rescue effort, while the finance ministry said $26 million in cash aid had been approved for the thousands who had lost their homes.
In many cases using only their hands, rescue workers scoured hundreds of felled buildings in the capital, including one large hotel that had totally collapsed, trapping almost a hundred people inside.
Rescue workers and aid began arriving in large numbers Thursday afternoon, but many residents were still left to search on their own. Outside a collapsed office building in the city’s center, colleagues sifted through debris, looking for coworkers.
“I’m scared. I don’t know what to do. My friend is still trapped inside,” said Yudi, 20, who said he escaped minutes before the building collapsed. “Everyone was panicking, trying to rescue themselves. But some people didn’t make it out in time.”

By GlobalPost link
Published: October 1, 2009 14:35 ET

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Unimed-Pasca Sarjana Building Project (Pre-Design)....Update

More in plannning stage...
Hopefull Done with the good result...


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Friday, August 21, 2009

BPD Aceh Great Project

Choose Old 3D view and New ones ?????

Head Office Building of PT. Bank BPD Aceh which will be built is located on the road Teuku Umar, Banda Aceh. The purpose of the office building of PT. Bank BPD Aceh is to improve banking services and operational support branch offices of PT. Bank BPD Aceh, giving comfort, efficiency and safety for our customers in conducting all types of banking transactions. The need for these buildings will provide facilities of all stakeholders good customers, and the management in carrying out banking services.

Given the limited area that is the PT. Bank BPD Aceh will build 8 (eight) floor is equipped with parking facilities in the basement and semi basement with total area of about 15,000 m2. Therefore the planner has asked the PT. Bank BPD Aceh to plan for office buildings complete with supporting facilities. Because this building is the center of banking services and a central office, then the proposed plan to use anti-earthquake where to get a structure that has a high operational performance. After doing some study and analysis, we proposed the use of anti-earthquake seismic isolator bearings.

Step by step procedures to follow which includes the concept and planning filosophi, loading, structural design and analysis covering the foundation plans, structural steel roof truss and beam structures, column and plate structure in order to obtain a safe performance and comfort.

Whereas in the analysis and design of structures generally follow the rules of technical rules that have been standard and follow the rules in force in Indonesia and regulations adopted from outside.

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Base Isolator Lead Rubber Bearing Technology In High Risk Seismic Zone

Lead Rubber Bearing (LRB) is a type of base isolators of anti seismic systems that has been widely used in the buildings to reduce the earthquake loading. This LRB comprises several layers of natural or synthetic rubbers that have critical damping ratios between 2 to 5 percent. To be able to resist the vertical loading (to avoid buckling), the rubber is inserted with a number of steel plates which are attached to the rubber layers by using a vulcanizing system. For the past few years, the design of base isolation, which is implemented to protect the buildings from the hazard and damage due to earthquake, has been used as a new technology in the design of buildings in high seismic zones. Several types of structures have been designed by this technology, either those had been designed or still under construction. This technology has been adopted in few countries, such as China, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, and USA.

In the structural modeling of a building with the base isolators, it is required to create an optimum base isolator model so that an accurate prediction on the lateral and vertical displacements can be achieved. The analysis is carried out using dynamic analysis on the following three structural types, i.e. high-rise (20 stories), medium-rise (12 stories), and low-rise buildings (8 stories). For buildings with base isolators, the accelerations due to the earthquake loadings are less than those in the conventional buildings. The seismic energy from the substructure (foundation) is reduced by the lead rubber bearing prior to be transmitted to the superstructure. To increase the damping ratio, a circular rod made of tin is provided in the center part of the bearing. From Structural Analysis Program analytical results, for buildings constructed in the high seismic regions on LRB base isolators provide better structural responses. Buildings with LRB have longer natural periods than the buildings stand on fixed bases. Besides, in terms of structural internal forces, the building on LRB is as if constructed in the lower risk seismic zones, because the seismic energy is reduced prior to be transmitted to the superstructure.