Report (Risk Management)15 June 2008 Risk Analysis of High Rise Buildings in Abu Dhabi Executive SummaryAn aerial view of Abu Dhabi reveals a sprawling, modern city with a number of high rise and mid rise buildings that house offices, hotels, malls, hospitals, government and non government organisations and what not. However, the things were always not as posh in this desert city as the modern maps reveal. At one time Abu Dhabi was a mediocre Arab city, which though being of cultural and political importance had little to boast in terms of urban infrastructure.
Then came the oil boom and with it came status and opulence. Soon the town planners felt a dire need for modern sky scrapers to house offices and businesses. Further diversification of economy led to rapid growth in all the sectors. Today Abu Dhabi is a modern metropolitan city of immense business importance and relevance. Almost all the major brands and corporate firms have their offices in this important business hub of the Middle East. The aim of this report is to identify and analyse the risk factors in a high rise building at Abu Dhabi so as to facilitate the conception of an Integrated Risk Management Plan that could serve as a blue print for other similar structures.
Initial urban development and construction activities in Abu Dhabi were conducted with scant consideration for risk identification and neutralization. However, as the caravan of development moved ahead, Abu Dhabi became a vital cosmopolitan centre of trade and business. Town authorities felt a dire need for assimilating the latest safety measures in all the high rise buildings.
This an astute team comprising of experienced risk analysts and well qualified fire and rescue personnel was constituted to analyse the risk factors in a typical high rise building at Abu Dhabi. Table of ContentsExecutive Summary 2Table of Contents 3Introduction 4 Special Features of the Selected Building 5 Risk Factors in the Given Building 6Number of Floors 6Travel Distance 9Telephone and Electrical Shafts 9 Stairways 9Storage 9Falling Debris 10 Traffic 10 Staff 10Conclusion 10 Recommendations 10Works Cited 122.0 Introduction Identification of risk factors assumes special importance when it comes to high rise buildings.
Though every fire is a major calamity that may often cost dearly in terms of life and financial assets, fires in the high rise buildings more then often prove to be very difficult to deal with and mostly pose a tough challenge to the fire and rescue professionals (CNN, 2008). It definitely makes sense to identify the risk factors in the high rise buildings well in advance and to eliminate and neutralize them so as to avoid any major conflagration or disaster in the future. As it was practically not possible to scrutinize the risk factors in all the high rise buildings in Abu Dhabi, so a typical high rise building being used as a hotel was selected to serve as a sample for the similar structures for the purpose of risk identification.
Integrated Risk Management Plans do have a special importance in the fire and rescue services. Such plans not only help in tackling major disasters and calamities, but their major relevance lies in the fact that they help in avoiding such disasters by identifying all the primary risk factors well in advance.
It has been seen that many a times, the reasons and causes that cause major conflagrations in the high rise buildings are often found within them or in their vicinity. The interesting thing is that it costs much less to identify and eliminate these risk factors, when compared to the actual losses incurred due to fire disasters. Thus the main purpose of this report is to identify most of the risk factors in a high rise building at Abu Dhabi so as to make pragmatic recommendations for their removal.