The paper "The Causes of Building Collapse" is a wonderful example of a research proposal on engineering and construction. The subject of the building collapse is selected for the assignment as the phenomenon is correlated with the economic losses depending on the size of the building, duration of the collapse process, and severity of the causing agent for the building collapse. Throughout the world, hundreds of incidents are taking place of the building collapse on an annual basis and their occurrence has resulted in economic and human losses(1). The subject is of special interest for the policy makers at the top hierarchical level at the central government’ s office, for the nongovernmental agencies to evaluate and utilize the available data for making their strategies to cope with the emerging situations relating to the building collapse and for all other stakeholders to deal with the issue as per the demand of their respective programs, strategies in line with their missions.
The current study will help in the understanding of the issue at its micro level and will fruitful in the formulation of future strategies to minimize the occurrence of building collapse through the adoption of necessary measures to reduce the happenings of the uncalled building collapses as is occurring in the majority of the cases(2). Buildings are the structures designed to support certain loads without any deforming impacts and maintain their originality with their accessories and fixtures.
The structures have different dimensions on the basis of their designs, purposes, and locations(3). The loads are the weights of objects and the people who occupy or use the buildings to fulfill their material needs for a specific period of time.
Loads of people and objects are called as live loads. The weight of snow and rain and the pressure of wind combine to form dead loads. The strength of the buildings depends on the number of floors, rigidity in the structure, and the designs of the buildings especially that of a roof. The impacts of weather and other physical conditions are regulated through the specific design of the roofs. In the case of multi-stories buildings, the strength of the building is maintained through the use of pillars and beams with specific width and strength depending on the number of stories.
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