ohr notes are intended for use by built environment stakeholders who are not structural engineers as general guides to understand structural engineering matters better. We initially wrote these from time to time to make it easier for the clients and architects we work with, and it occurred that it might be useful to build a library of these, made available to all. We will periodically add to this collection.
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Using responsibly sourced timber ensures that it is from logging practices that do not harm the environment, are socially beneficial and economically viable. Clients can procure the use of responsibly sourced timber by asking the designers to specify certified timber. This note gives guidance on how to do so.
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Can any container be used as a load-bearing structure for a building? It is crucial that when a container is used as a load-bearing structure (i.e. it is the primary frame holding the building up), it is designed and specified accordingly by a professional structural engineer to meet code and UBBL requirements. Even if it is o
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Can any container be used as a load-bearing structure for a building? It is crucial that when a container is used as a load-bearing structure (i.e. it is the primary frame holding the building up), it is designed and specified accordingly by a professional structural engineer to meet code and UBBL requirements. Even if it is only a temporary structure, it should be designed, specified and built to be safe for occupancy and its intended use.
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When is the best time to consider or introduce IBS systems in a project life cycle? The holistic approach outlined, as all holistic approaches, will benefit a project far more than the conventional approach in Malaysia.
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As a general rule, a development located in an environmentally sensitive area (Kawasan Sensitif Alam Sekitar) will be subjected to JPPKSAS approval process. This often is a complex and lengthy process. Understanding what is involved will aid the planning of a project with regards to consultant's scope, information required for submission and programme.
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The design assessment of an existing building, either for change of use, refurbishment or defects assessment, is often not a straightforward linear process. Outlined is a flowchart detailing this process and its complexity.
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If the soil investigation shows the water table to be below basement level, should the basement still be protected against water from the ground? This note discusses this question.
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In Malaysia, like most countries, it is a statutory requirement that in the event of a fire, a building has to be able to maintain its structural integrity for a given minimum period. This note discusses the minimum period required and the corresponding minimum dimensions of structural elements for private residences constructed in reinforced cloncrete.
ohr notes are designed and intended for built environment stakeholders who are not structural engineers, as general information in summary form on engineering topics, current at the time of publication, for general information purposes only. The material may not be applicable in all situations. The contents do not constitute professional advice, are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your project may have.