Report (Management)12 June 2008 Risk Factors in High Rise Buildings in Abu DhabiExecutive Summary Most of the times, developing countries try to implant the landmarks of development in their big and important cities in an attempt to blindly imitate the West, without giving any serious consideration to the experience and thinking inherent in their planning and conception. High rise buildings are one such insignia of development that have almost taken over the burgeoning city of Abu Dhabi in a matter of a few years. This oil rich kingdom has experienced marked economic development and growth and is vying with the West to accumulate all the trappings of affluence and status in most of its major cities.
Such a craze for high rise buildings has been unleashed without giving any due consideration to the planning and institutional organization that is required to neutralize the risk factors associated with urbanization and modernization (CNN, 2004). This has immensely increased the possibility of fires and other accidents and disasters in the high rise buildings at Abu Dhabi, especially in those buildings that were built during the dawn of the economic boom.
The purpose of this report is to identify the risk factors in a typical high rise building at Abu Dhabi. Most of the high rise buildings appear to be fire resistive to a lay man and are periodically monitored by concerned professionals from time to time, so as to mitigate any possibility or risk of fire. However, a close scrutiny of a high rise building at Abu Dhabi by the experienced professionals revealed many disturbing flaws and lacunas that could certainly prove to be disastrous in the event of a fire.
(Iklim, 1991) Appropriate recommendations have been made to neutralize and remove these risk factors, so as to ensure the safety and well being of the concerned staff, customers and the fire fighters in the event of a fire. Table of ContentsExecutive Summary 2Table of Contents 3Introduction 4Salient Features of the Concerned Building 5Risk Factors Found Inside and Outside the Given Building 5Number of Floors 6 Time to Evacuate 8 Water Supply 8 Sub Standard Pipes 9 Falling Glass 9 Travel Distance 9 Fire Barriers 9 Traffic 9Conclusions 9Recommendations 10 Works Cited 12 Introduction High rise buildings are the urban behemoths that are often prone to fires and other man made and natural disasters.
More then often it has been seen that the conflagrations in most of the high rise buildings often start or aggravate owing to the risk factors inherent in the construction, planning, designing, organization and administration of such mega structures (NYC, 2006). Hence timely risk assessment and evaluation form an important constituent of the planning and implementation procedures of the fire fighting and rescue services the world over.
Thus a realistic and pragmatic attempt has been made in this report to recognize and identify the risk factors in a typical high rise building at Abu Dhabi, so as to facilitate the development of an appropriate Integrated Risk Management Plan by the concerned personnel and organizations. A fire in a high rise building is the end result of the accumulation of a number of factors that often lead to an evitable disaster. Risk assessment in a high rise building often enables the concerned authorities and organizations to take a realistic stock of the vulnerability of the installed systems within a building.
The most surprising thing is that the magnitude of the overall loss due to a fire in any high rise building is often greater then the cost of replacing the individual reasons and factors that cause the fires to occur. Thus the basic purpose of this report is to identify all such individual risks and reasons. This will not only help in preventing the possibility of any major fire break out in the building under consideration but will also ensure the safety of the staff members and customers using this building and will enable a safe and appropriate response by the fire and rescue services in the event of a fire.
Though the recommendations made do have some limitations, still prevention is always better then the cure.