A study of building foundations in Malaysia

Leow, Jia Hui (2005) A study of building foundations in Malaysia. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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Malaysia is a developing country located in South-East Asia. The demands for
buildings, for commercial or residential use, are high especially in Kuala Lumpur,
the capital city of Malaysia. A building is designed to support the load applied to it
safely. The ability of a building to sustain the applied loads depends on the building's
foundation system.
Foundation is an important part of every building, which interfaces the
superstructures to the adjacent soil or rock below it. The superstructure loads will be
transferred to the underlying soil or rock. Without a proper design and construction
of foundation, problems such as cracking, settlement of building may occur and even
to the extent, the whole building may collapse within its design life. Therefore, a
proper foundation system is required to maintain the safeness of a building.
This research project can be separated into two main parts that are the project
literature reviews and case studies. The literature reviews involve a comprehensive
study on the soil available in Kuala Lumpur, the types of foundation system
currently used, the factors governing the selection of a safe and economical
foundation system, the design approaches adopted by the design engineers and lastly,
the problems related to the foundation system.
The second part of this project involves the discussion of five case studies conducted
in the Kuala Lumpur area. These cases are about the development of medium and high
rise buildings for commercial or residential purpose. The discussion comprises of the
site conditions, selection of foundation system, the foundation system used and also
some of the main issue in the cases. At a later stage, comparisons between these case
studies are made. Conclusions are drawn from the literature reviews and case studies

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:26
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: building foundations, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/635

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