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Building Analysis

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Building Analysis Contents Page 1.0 Executive Summary........................................................................... 2.0 Introduction........................................................................................ 3.0 Approach............................................................................................. 4.0 A load path diagram and technical description of the building's structural form..................................................................................... 5.0 Technical descriptions for the elements of the building......... 6.0 Conclusion........................................................................................... Bibliography...................................................................................................... 1.0 Executive Summary In terms of how the North Hall Library building resists all vertical and horizontal loads and transfers these to the subsoil. In relation to technical descriptions for the elements of the building the foundation is assumed to be of a strip footing below a solid concrete floor. A solid brickwork walls were also uncovered with good quality English bond. The doors and windows use softwood timber and a mezanine structure completely independent of the main building structure accomodates the adapted use of the building. The roof with plain tiles structure turned out to be of timber with trusses and joists sitting on purlins. 2.0 Introduction This work looks at how the North Hall Library building resists all vertical and horizontal loads and transfers these to the subsoil. The second part of the work looks at the technical descriptions for the buildings elemnents. The North Hall Library building was built about 100 years ago but has been adapted. It was designed to accommodate a different use but now provides a place for books shelves and work stations for students. ...read more.

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The walls do not fall over because they are tied together by the truss sitting on top of them. The trusses adds some stiffness to the whole structure. The building is designed in such a way that it accomodates all these loads and doesn't allow the building to settle or fall down. 5.0 Technical descriptions for the elements of the building It is difficult to talk about the foundation because the foundation isn't visible however this is the kind of building that sits on a strip footing which if builng built now will use concrete and brickwork of about 1 metre below ground depending on the ground condition. With regard to external walls, it is a facing brick. It is a good English bond. A solid brickwork is assumed because the building isn't a modern building. In effect the building will not have a cavity. This is consistent with the age of the building since cavity walls did not become common till the 1940's and 1950's. the solid wall is assumed to have a thickness of more than one brick. The interior seems to have a finish and it is assumed that due to the age of the building, the original plaster of sand and cement with gypsium has been removed and been replaced with something else. ...read more.

Conclusion

the building at the end which bring them all down the external walls and down to the bottom where the is contact with the ground through the foundations. In addition it was found that the timber roof are joined up in the building in such a way that loads are transferred where the timber roof meet meets with the external wall. The load travels down the brick work. Each brick work sits on top of the other and the load is transferred through each brick till it gets to the foundation which is in contact with the ground. The foundation is strip footing and so the load is transferred further down to a sub soil which takes the load. The walls are thick enough to resist being blown off by wind. The second part or this work looked at technical descriptions for the elements of the building it was assumed that the solid brickwork building sits on a strip footing foundation. Good quality English bond has been employed and the other element of the building explored was the roof structure which turned out to be of timber with trusses and joists sitting on purlins. The roof finish are plain tiles that are not curved nor bent. The windows are of softwood timber and a mezanine structure with a base plate stands and looks as though it is completely independent of the main building structure. ...read more.

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