The Kenya Railways has announced plans to launch freight operations on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line between Mombasa and Nairobi. The corporation's Managing Ditector Atanas Maina told a stakeholders' forum in Mombasa on Friday that they were ready to start freight train services from December.
The on-going construction of the missing link between Westlands and Gigiri has taken shape with eight structures out of thirteen being raised. The project is currently 65% complete and most of ridges leveled to fill the valleys. The 5 kilometres dual road funded by the Government at a cost of Kshs3 billion is estimated to be complete by September 2018.
The Ministry of Transport early this month officially launched the second service of the Madaraka Express passenger service. The train is expected to run both ways from 8am making stops at Athi River, Emali, Kibwezi, Mtito Andei, Voi, Miasenyi and Mariakani stations.
In a number of recent cases multi-storey buildings have collapsed when column bases have been loaded eccentrically. Usually this occurs at plot boundaries when a column in the face of the building is supported on the edge of its base and not in the centre which would require the base to project onto the neighbouring plot. This paper examines the reasons why columns fail; high ground pressures and moments on columns. It is intended to draw attention to the catastrophic consequences of eccentric loading.
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