In Haiti, building codes and regulations are all but nonexistent, so the minimum safety standard is not sufficient for people to be dwelling in the buildings. Since there is not a lot of wood available due to deforestation, concrete is the primary building material used for most of the structures, according to Alan Dooley, a Nashville architect (Fountain, 2010). Concrete is costly and the cement used in the concrete for Haiti is made in the United States. In order to curb some of the costs, Dooley says, some contractors add more sand to the cement mix. However, this makes the concrete structurally weaker and it deteriorates more quickly than structurally sound concrete. Steel reinforcing bars are typically used with concrete but are also expensive and thus are used less with concrete in Haiti.
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...dness, compromising the happiness of everyone affected. Conclusively, our general maxim fails Kant’s Test and thus cannot be willed to be a universal law.
While the disaster that was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was not completely dependent upon the poor choices on behalf of those engineering the buildings since Haiti lacked the required financial resources, the low-quality materials used in the buildings and the failure to implement any engineering standards made the aftermath of the earthquake worse than what it could have been. My advice to future and current engineers is to always do the best you can with what you are given and always follow the engineering standards that have been set and are accepted internationally. I would also say do not be afraid to ask for help if needed, especially financially, for the safety of the public should always be held paramount.
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