Podcast 5 – Post earthquake houses, what are the options?

This podcast is about the options for the Nepali people who want to construct in short term. I discuss on the currently available house designs for the short and long-term residence.

post earthquake residence

As the Nepal Government is working in the revision of the Building Code of Nepal, I suggest waiting for the code to release before any permanent structure is constructed. There are various suggestion including soil test, minimum width of access road and other technical requirements.
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Podcast 3 – Rebuilding after the earthquake, homeowners are not the engineers

The rebuilding process after a devastating earthquake is a tricky business. People are scared and impatient, many engineers are clueless. There are also some people who want to benefit from the situation. I am dealing only with the engineering aspect of the rebuilding process. This podcast is prepared after reading an article by a professor in a popular online media, setopati.com.

Prof. Padma Khadka has written an article titled ‘Don’t worry if you have cracks on beams and columns’. I believe, people should worry and hence this podcast.
padma khadka article

Prof. Khadka is a geotechnical engineer. But, his suggestions are nowhere near geotechnical in nature. Please listen to the podcast and comment.  Continue reading