Construction of Buildings on Peat: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
1 Peat Technology Research Institute, University College of Technology Sarawak, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia
2 Research Center for Soft Soil, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400 Parit Raja, Johor, Malaysia
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Building construction on soft soils including on peat has many challenges and difficulties. The failed and deteriorated buildings have a big impact on the community. The IConCEES International Workshop 2015 which was conducted on October 2015 convened as a joint venture between Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS). The aim was to invite regional experts from academia and the industry to formally present and discuss the various construction problems encountered when working with peat. The discussions were divided into two divisions; infrastructure and building construction. This paper discusses the outcomes of the workshop and focuses on the factors and relevant challenges when constructing buildings on peat. The experts have discussed regulatory and construction issues including: drainage issues, site investigation practices, monitoring and construction guidelines. A few suggestions were outlined as a remedy to these problems and to better assist the peat practitioner at work.
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