21-SEP-2019: Dept of Civil Engineering begins Workshop on 'Seismic Safety of Structures'
Aligarh, September 21: Department of Civil Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today started a two-day National Workshop on 'Seismic Safety of Structures' under the Third phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-III) to throw light on the importance of erecting structures that fare better during seismic activities.
The workshop will provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, researcher scholars, practitioners and educators with Prof T K Dutta (IIT, Delhi), Prof D K Paul (IIT, Roorkee), Prof Suhail Ahmad (IIT, Delhi) and Prof Chandan Ghosh (Head, GHRMD, NIDM) as resource persons.
Attending the inaugural function as the Chief Guest, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof Tariq Mansoor said that 'Seismic Safety of Structures' is an important issue in India and all over the world and it is imperative to conduct a comprehensive seismic review of structures to better understand their seismic resiliency.
"We have to take a close look at the high rise buildings, dams and other structures to be sure that they are designed and constructed according to the codes and standards that are in place," he said adding that dams were responsible for Kedarnath disaster, which led to river water swooping down.
He also spoke about designing nuclear power plants in ways to make sure that their safety is not jeopardized by earthquake motions.
Prof Badrul Hasan Khan, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology said that earthquakes not only lead to loss of life, but there are severe economic consequences of these natural disasters too.
He spoke on economic losses due to earthquakes in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Iran and how more lives could have been saved with safe structures and buildings.
Apprising delegates about new developments in the Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology (ZHCET), Prof Mirza Mohd Sufyan Beg (Principal, ZHCET) said that ZHCET has received the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme for carrying out research in cutting edge science and technology domains, with focus on national priorities.
Briefing the students and faculty members about the objectives of the workshop, Prof Abdul Baqi, Convener of the Workshop said that it will focus on metrics to quantify resilience, tools for hazard awareness and risk communication, reducing the risk posed by existing structures and infrastructure, developing and implementing new materials and means to simulate resilience of systems among other topics.
Prof Mohd Muzzammil, Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering delivered the welcome address, while Prof Rehan A Khan, Organising Secretary of the Workshop proposed the vote of thanks.
Dr Moinul Haque and Saba Shameem conducted the programme.
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Vice Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor with faculty members at the Dept of Civil Engineering workshop