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Buildings sans pillars, bricks in the offing

Buildings sans pillars, bricks in the offing
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Can a building be constructed without raising a pillar and avoiding the usage of bricks. Yes!! Says the GHMC officials who are enthusiastic about the latest technology from Canada, where even multi-storeyed buildings can be built without raising a single column.

Kattedan: Can a building be constructed without raising a pillar and avoiding the usage of bricks. Yes!! Says the GHMC officials who are enthusiastic about the latest technology from Canada, where even multi-storeyed buildings can be built without raising a single column. The walls of the structure provide strength because they are completely made of concrete in steel casing.

A Canada-based company with its business establishment in Bhopal has recently come up with a pilot project in Kattedan Sports Complex, which is being touted as the futuristic housing technology. The construction is not only cost-effective, but the structure can be built within no time. “This 250 sq feet room was built within a week with the help of latest technology called as ‘Engineered polymer wall system,” says Dattu Panth, superintending engineer (south zone projects), GHMC.

According to the official, with similar technology buildings housing 150 apartments were being constructed in Australia. Similar buildings with normal RCC would take several months due to various factors starting from laying of pillars to coming up with a slab and later centering to walls. Generally centering plates are removed when concrete catches strength, but here technology uses the polymer casing not only as plate, but as protective gear and skin of the entire concrete wall.

This concrete with the help of steel inside provides strength like a pillar to the entire structure. “Painting, plastering and curing of the walls would not be needed, as the polymer not only provides a good look but also acts like an insulator from outside atmosphere changes. If the temperature is 40 Deg Celsius, the room temperature would be about 30 Degree Celsius. Moreover, the structure would remain fire resistant under severe conditions,” added the official.

In Australia the technology was adopted to come up with a multi-storeyed building which now houses several apartments. For this kind of construction, the walls will be built much thicker. The construction of this kind of buildings also becomes easy, as the entire material would be lighter when compared to material used in regular constructions. The GHMC is considering to utilise the technology for coming up with Basti Dawakhanas, Community halls and other space which can be easily constructed.

BY Md Nizamuddin

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