Steel quality: Reduce vulnerability of buildings, roads

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Authorities concerned have been urged to enforce laws and redefine standards for steel products to ensure the longevity of high-rise buildings and road infrastructures.

The call emerged from a seminar in Dhaka today (Saturday), amid apprehension of increased vulnerabilities of buildings, flyovers, bridges and other development infrastructures.

Experts of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) ringing alarm bell apprehended that there would be unwanted natural effects on bridges or buildings, if steels do not satisfy the minimum standard of quality.

Bangladesh Auto Re-Rolling and Steel Mills Association (BARSMA) in support of Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering of BUET organised the seminar titled “Quality Steel and Its Importance in Civil Engineering Applications” at the National Press Club.

Industries Minister Dilip Barua and Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) Director General (DG) AK Fazlul Ahad also spoke at the meeting, with BARSMA president SK Masadul Alam Masud in the chair.

Prof Dr AA M Rezaul Haque and Prof Dr M Aminul Islam of Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, BUET presented two papers titled “Facilities for Good Quality Steel Production in Bangladesh” and “Essential Qualities for Steels in Structural Applications”.

“Steel producers must concentrate on producing high-strength steel bars/wires,” Prof Islam said.

He said materials engineers must be involved to develop high performance construction materials considering socioeconomic situation and at the same time, design engineers must assist local construction companies for making safe and light-weight buildings with high strength steels and concretes.

The experts also warned of producing steels directly from scrap iron, without proper melting to maintain the required quality.

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said the government does not want to compromise with quality in any development work. “Unfortunately, some regulatory agencies are compromising with quality resulting in lower longevity of development structures.”

He asked steel producers to obtain licenses from the BSTI so the standards of steels could be monitored.

The entrepreneurs urged the government to make licensing process easier and reduce license fees.


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