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A new plan making model : the development of a plan making model which can be used as a guiding principle for future projects of Solid House Foundation

Noordink, R. (2008) A new plan making model : the development of a plan making model which can be used as a guiding principle for future projects of Solid House Foundation.

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Abstract:During the design phase and implementation of Inspector Eatham Rehabilitation Project (IERP), Solid House Foundation (SHF) encountered a number of problems causing delays and preventing designed plans from being implemented. There were also different aspects of which SHF had no knowledge of and did not take into account during the design phase, but still had to be dealt with during the implementation of IERP. The cause of these problems can be found in a number of aspects, namely a lack of knowledge of SHF about organisational, cultural and environmental differences between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka and combined with that an insufficiently structured plan process for IERP. Especially the last aspect is important, for a sufficiently structured plan process would probably have helped anticipate to upcoming problems, preventing them from happening. Besides this, the design and implementation of the different infrastructures (for electricity, transport, drinking water, waste water and housing) happens apart from each other. SHF does not really handle an integral way of creating the plans and implementing them, while it can be assumed that especially by doing this, cost savings can be realised and the construction process can be more efficient. For solving this difficulty, SHF’s design process needs to be more structured and must approach problems in an integral way. For making this possible, in this research a plan making model is developed that can be used as a guiding principle for future projects of SHF. Inspector Eatham Rehabilitation Project IERP is a housing project in Sri Lanka, just north of Pottuvil, that officially started as from March 1st 2006. It was a rehabilitation project for victims of the tsunami on December 26th 2004. SHF worked together very closely on this project with the local organisation Sewalanka Foundation. Together they formed the Solid House Foundation Lanka. The Netherlands Red Cross and Stichting Mondiale Woonhulp are the main donors. Because IERP was SHF’s first project, they had to get to know the local situation and had to strongly adept themselves to it, for a number of points it is quite different from the situation in the Netherlands. The governmental structure is different, but they do make use of the same kind of rules and regulations. Due to the climate, there is also a big difference between the environment in Sri Lanka and that of the Netherlands. In the rainy season floods occur and elephant can form a threat. Next to that, the culture in the eyes of a Westerner somewhat strange and religion plays a much bigger role in life. The differences on all these levels makes adapting to the situation fairly difficult. And of course, due to some differences SHF encountered a number of problems during the plan making phase and implementation of IERP. The biggest problem SHF encountered was that SHF did at first not know of the fact that the project area was owned by a large amount of people. Due to that the initial plans could not be implemented and finally even led to an implementation of the project house by house. Roads were also difficult to construct, for the landowners were not willing to give up their land. The electricity network was not designed before the implementation actually started but was in the end constructed by the Ceylon Electricity Board. A dike SHF thought of constructing could also not be constructed, because the Water Board (represents the paddy field owners) did not allow SHF to change the water flow towards the tank. Next to that SHF had problems with the Archaeological Department who stopped the construction of two dome houses, for they were being build on archaeological sites.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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