It is unnerving to think that our home – or what we think of as a safe and secure place – can fall like a pack of cards due to aging infrastructure and other factors.
The harsh reality is that it can happen to us or someone we know. It is not uncommon to come across a news article every other month on the collapse of a tall or high-rise building in a big, congested city.
Safety of big structures such as tall buildings is of primary importance in not only third-world countries but also developed countries lacking in government funds.
Let us look at some of the causes of tall building collapses:
Inferior-quality construction: Use of poor or inferior construction materials or tampering with resources (such as altering the ratio of cement to sand or reducing the thickness of the iron rods that support tall buildings) can lead to collapses.
Poor planning: Such as inadequate examination of the soil condition, defects in design and drawing and substandard workmanship. Quality checks should be done before allowing people to occupy buildings.
Illegal construction: Building more floors than sanctioned in the building plan and flouting structural engineering norms can lead to overloading and other irregularities.
Weather conditions/ Changing quality of the soil: Environmental corrosion, water damage from flooding and natural disasters can weaken or destroy the structure.
Aging and negligence: Buildings can lose their strength over time if there is little or no building maintenance in case of water leakage, termites, loose plaster and distress/ cracks in the concrete.
Now, let us see how tall building collapses can be prevented using SignaGuard’s IoT tools for Public Safety:
SignaGuard by MachineSense builds trust. SignaGuard builds solutions. Whether it is a tall building or a bridge, collapses can be prevented, as many of the factors that contribute to collapses can be tracked by a deflection and vibration sensor (from frequency shifting) using active SHM (Structural Health Monitoring).
SHM can be done for both the building and the soil using seismic waves. ‘Smart’ sensors or optical displacement sensors can monitor the integrity of structures in real-time and provide increased safety for the public. The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about sensor data and SignaGuard’s advanced and affordable tools extract useful analytics or actionable intelligence out of the sensor signals.
Contact us now to understand how these tools can be implemented in tall structures.