Scientists, engineers and designers are developing new building systems and structures for earthquake prone regions. One of the most successful uses cold-formed steel framing. Compared with traditional masonry and timber framing, lightweight steel frame homes can be much safer during a seismic event.
Modern cold formed steel framing design and construction techniques are widely acknowledged as safer and more cost-effective in earthquake zones. Being lightweight, frames flex during an earthquake and absorb lateral movement without compromising the structural integrity of the building. Approximately 40 countries in the world have high seismic regions, where reinforced concrete and masonry are the traditional materials of choice for housing and other building construction.
The shallow earthquake that struck northern Pakistan in October 2005 was one of the most devastating ever recorded. According to New Zealand based FRAMECAD building consultant, Glen Tasker:
I received a phone call here in the middle of the night from a government minister in Pakistan seeking our urgent assistance.
We had sold FRAMECAD equipment to a company in Pakistan, Metecno, and trained their people in the operation of the machinery and cold steel frame construction techniques. The company had been using our technology successfully for about a year or so when the earthquake struck. Fortunately, we had a technician on site in Pakistan, and after discussing the situation with him, we developed plans for a fast track barracks-style building.
“It was the most practical solution to an urgent problem to get some facilities up and running as quickly and simply as possible. I sent the plans the next day and they immediately went ahead and built quite a number of these units in a very short space of time.” Using the FRAMECAD system, Metecno later developed a simple, fast-build 36 sq meter steel framed house which could be constructed in large numbers quickly and economically.
The FRAMECAD system was ideally suited because it’s simple, economical, quick, and most importantly, homes can be designed and engineered for earthquake conditions providing greater protection and safety should another seismic event occur.
When FrameTech Systems outgrew their existing manufacturing facility, they knew it was time for a bigger, more flexible space. As experts in cold formed steel (CFS) construction, they also knew exactly which method they would use to bring that space to life. So how did their award-winning CFS facility come to fruition?
Having made the switch to FRAMECAD’s automated construction system in April 2016, prefabricated steel framing experts SBS Group have used their FRAMECAD system to make significant savings for their customers whilst delivering an accelerated construction process.
SBS Group are continuously working to deliver exceptional results for their customers in a fast and effective manner. The Langdon Apartments are another great example of their dedication to providing accurate, high quality Cold Formed Steel solutions.
The construction market in Algeria is not too dissimilar to anywhere else in the world; speed of construction, cost of labour, and materials play heavily into who is awarded contracts for new projects. A recent project was awarded to Pre-Engineered Building and Panel specialists Système Panneaux Sandwich (SPS) to construct two 315m2 pre-engineered commercial warehouses.