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Submitted by ak on

albeit seismic assessments and subsequent 'retro'-fitting initiatives sounds like a easy communal or policy fix (to get the buying houses back on-board), the irony is that the root cause in not in our building codes, rather its in the integrity of our building approval process (speaking from intimate discussions with BUET, IEB, RAJUK, Structural Advisors, Builders, etc). The point is, the global AEC industry has finally landed on a profound practice development, appropriately dubbed 'Building Information Modelling' or BIM (by way of parametric modelling and GIS-data). The good news is that leading practitioners, institutions and governments are now mandating BIM model submissions for competing in design, fabrication and construction bids, university programs, design competitions, etc. You see, the incumbents in the Construction business are SO steeped in profit making by averting risk, that they're quite aggressively reluctant in embracing changes (both in learning new technological tools AND adopting best practice policies)- and that's a global phenomenon. In sum, I'm suggesting a top-down approach in implementing national BIM standards in tendering Capital Projects (ref: UK, RIBA 2013) instead of applying a seismic band-aids.