Friday, December 6, 2013

Would You Buy An Apartment Building From This Country?

"Entire New 13-Story Building Tips Over in Shanghai"
Those pilings don't look deep enough. A correspondent writes,
"Unskilled structural engineers learning by doing. Soft, soggy silt soil sinks soon. Leaning Tower of Pisa fast forward."


eah said...

Would love to see a video of that.

BTW, didn't the recent release of the latest PISA results show students in Shanghai scoring at the top?

AllanF said...

Actually this happened way back in 2009. The proximate cause was excavation for a building next to this one piling dirt up too closely to this building, then a rainstorm compacted the soil. Without the excavation the building would have been fine. Until the next earthquake that is.

report here