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Usman Altaf

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    University of Engineering and Technology Lahore
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  1. I would be glad if you could share your insight on this. Would a certification with ICE or IStructE benifit a person with Engineering degree, completed from Pakistan and seeking a job in Canada/ Austrailia/ Europe, after emigration to that country. I mean to say that is a certification with international body such as ICE,  an alternate to a foreign degree, for acceptablitiy in foreign companies.


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      Usman Altaf

      Thanks. Please tell your membership level in IStructE. Also, out of ASCE and ICE which one has more recognition?


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    Footing/ Foundation Jacketing

    I agree with Umar. Normally the strength imparted by dowels exceed the requirement. So I would recommend simple checks only. Don't go for detail calculations. Dowels #6@ 9 inch center to center would work in all normal cases. Dowel bars are not expensive. The costly item is the grout that is injected in the drilled hole. Considering your structure, overall cost for dowels would not be significant. Thanks
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    Bearing Capacity in Karachi

    @miqureshi77 Bearing capacity in Lahore varies from 0.5 Tsf to 1.25Tsf at around 3ft. below natural ground level, depending on location. Generally, shallow foundations work for a maximum of 3 floors. Thanks
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    Determine Bearing Capacity of Soil

    Hi Rifat, You can refer Section 4-10 of Book 'Foundation Analysis and Design, Joseph E. Bowles' for a complete discussion on Bearing Capacity based on SPT values. Thanks
  5. Hi All. I have been offered to take one technical training/ certification in Pakistan, supported by my organization. Unfortunately, I could not locate any good training institute/ international certification. Most trainings/ certifications are for Mechanical Engineers. I would be glad if anyone could share the technical traininng institutes/ international certifications available in Pakistan for Civil Engineers/ Structural Engineers/ Civil Design Engineers. Please exclude any software training for Etabs, Staad and SAP, Primavera as I have already taken these trainings. Thanks
  6. Well explained by other members. It would be easier if you could share the front and side elevation of this building. Thanks
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    Reduce lateral displacement

    Introudce shear walls in your building system. You can introduce them around the stair case. The shear wall should span in direction you wish to reduce the displacement. Thanks
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    Doubly Reinforced Beam

    Well explained by Uzair. Generally, whenever you see more reinforcement on top, it indicates either the beam is doubly reinforced or it is continous. In your case, it appears the beam is singly reinforced as nominal steel is present on top.
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    Bearing Capacity in Karachi

    Thanks @UmarMakhzumi @EngrUzair I got your point. @miqureshi77 The building is to be constructed in Sindh Secreteriat near MA Jinnah Road Karachi.
  10. Hi all, I am designing the foundations of a small double storey building in Karachi for which no geotechnical investigation is envisaged. Can anyone tell me whats the average allowable bearing capacity in Karachi. Normally in Lahore, it ranges from 0.5tsf to 1.25 tsf. I would be glad if anyone can tell on basis of his experience in Karachi. Thanks

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