Safety Of Construction In Intensive Use Of Space
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S. I. Suddle
Lack of space leads to the design and construction of projects which make intensive and optimal use of the limited space. Buildings above roads, railways and buildings themselves are examples of intensive use of space projects. The construction processes of those buildings are in general extremely complicated. Safety is one of the critical issues. At the Department of Building Engineering & Structural Engineering of the Delft University of Technology, a research has recently been completed [l] about the safety for people present in the neighbourhood of these projects (such as users of infrastructure where above buildings are being built). This paper will give an overview of this research work. 1 Introduction The combination of growing welfare and the awareness of spatial quality leads to a rising need of space. Intensifying of available space, by means of multiple land use, is an option to satisfy and fulfil this need. In The Netherlands several multiple and intensive use of space projects have already been realised. Examples of such projects are buildings situated over the motorway the "Utrechtse Baan" in The Hague. An important lesson from these projects is learned; while realising such complicated projects, controlling the safety issue is characteristic in the construction phase. In the last decade the focus is on controlling the safety in every complicated project. Association with the safety aspect is significant to ensure the safety for people present in the neighbourhood of these projects (such as users of infrastructure where above buildings are being built), especially in the construction phase.