Assessment of Building Collapse in Nigeria: A Case of Naval Building, Abuja, Nigeria

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Author(s) Fakere, Alexander A | Fadairo, Gabriel | Fakere, Rufus A
Pages 584-591
Volume 2
Issue 4
Date April, 2012
Keywords building collapse, demolition, impurities, materials, structural failure

Abstract

In the past few years, incessant building failure has been reported resulting in the loss of lives and properties in Nigeria. However, there has been a dearth of information regarding any findings about the collapse of the building structures. This study examines the case of structural failure that recently occurred to a Naval Building that was undergoing demolition in Abuja, Nigeria. A study of some selected collapsed buildings in Nigeria is carried out in this work. The methodology includes conduct of investigations, and site inspections. The findings shows that improper demolition method, coupled with its dangerous nature, contributed to the collapse of the building. The coarse aggregates used in the construction contained impurities like biotite and muscovite, which are oxidizing agents capable of accelerating building collapse. Based on the results obtained through this study as well as the recommendations on them, the further occurrence of building collapse will be greatly reduced. The study concludes that building collapse in Nigeria can be greatly reduced by avoiding all pitfalls.

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