I have already sent this comment to the DPWH but I want to share this to all of you so you will know something.
TO WHOM THIS MAY CONCERN
The “Blue Book” is your set of standards I believe. Do you have any regular revision(s) of the said book? I suppose you do have and you should because every industry should grow and cope up with the trend of technology.
I am sure that you have heard of special additives being used to enhance the property of the concrete. So, are these products already included in your revisions? I think not. Too bad. Every time I approached an Engineer from the DPWH, I get frustrated because I always get the same reply…and that is..”I can not use that product because it is not included in the blue book.“
Well, how come these products are being used in Taipei 101 in Taiwan, Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Sears Tower in Chicago, Jin Mao Building in Shanghai, and other skyscrapers around the world? Are they dumb or stupid enough to try these products for their construction projects? Of course not. So, what about Philippines? Do we have a plan to build some of the worlds tallest skyscrapers.?
This photo shows the Burj Dubai (Arabic: برج دبي “Dubai Tower”) that will soon be the supertall skyscraper in mid 2009. It is now currently under construction in the “New Downtown” of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.