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Innovations in rammed earth construction, Western Australia

The Rowen Travel Award was introduced in 1993 by J. N. Rowen Ltd with the purpose of providing financial support to an IStructE member each year to ‘study current practice or trends related to structural engineering in construction’. This is now repeated each year, administered by the Educational Trust of the Institution. In 2003 the author was awarded the Rowen Travel Award to study the use of rammed earth in Australia. During his 7 months there during 2004, he was able to assist Ramtec Pty Ltd in developing the use of prefabricated rammed earth. In April 2005 the author presented a report on these experiences to the Educational Trust. This article summarises the contents of that report, with particular focus on the design, constructional and industrial features that promote the widespread use of the material. Tobias Hodsdon MEng (Hons) Structural Engineer, Buro Happold

Author(s): Hodsdon, Tobias

Keywords: earth structures;australia;design;construction work;united kingdom;comparing