26-APR-2019: Dept of civil engineering concludes workshop
Aligarh, April 26: "We need to nurture a strong and a sustainable disaster management apparatus to enhance protection levels and there is a need for comprehensive and holistic disaster management planning, said the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof M H Beg while attending a two-day workshop on 'Natural Disasters and their Mitigation' organised by the department of civil engineering under the third phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-III) as the Chief Guest.
According to him natural and man-made disasters such as floods, storms, earthquakes, droughts, forest fires and volcanic eruptions can cause immense humans and economic losses.
"It is imperative to have a standard operating procedure for disaster responses and preparedness, early warning systems, disaster-specific mock drills, regular reviews of disaster management plans, standard guidelines for disaster resilience and special contingency plans to deal with disasters of extreme intensity among other important things," Prof Beg pointed out.
Renowned earth quake expert, Prof D K Paul delineated the various efforts by the Indian Standards Institutions since 1962.
He discussed the available earthquake resistant technologies like the retrofitting of existing buildings, while pointing out to the necessity of the assessment of infrastructures across the country.
Prof Chandan Ghosh (Head, Resilient Infrastructure Division, National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi) spoke about the earthquake induced liquefaction and simple mitigation measures.
Giving examples of the earthquakes of Kangra in 1905, Bihar-Nepal in 1934 and Assam in 1950; Prof Gosh pointed out that the devastating effects were not recognized by the research and academia until 1964 Nigata earthquake in Japan, which caught the attention of the world.
He further discussed landslides migration measures done with the bio-engineering and geosynthetics and application of seismic base isolators and dampers.
Mr Anand Sharma (Regional Coordinator, Western and Central Himalayas at AASD unit of IMD, New Delhi) talked about the meteorological inputs for flood forecasting.
He emphasized on the real time flood forecasting is one of the most effective non- structural measures for flood management and discussed various real time flood forecasting models and techniques used in India.
Mr Shrikant Shinde, a mechanical engineer serving the Millennium Technologies (I) Pvt Ltd, showed products on shake tables designed, developed and marketed across the country.
Prof Shakeel Ahmad (Convener of the workshop) explained scientific reasons for the generation of hydro-meteorological phenomena such as cyclones, hurricanes and tornadoes and their impact on the built infrastructures.
He also spoke on the functioning of the tuned mass dampers and various other vibration control devices available in the department of civil engineering.
The Guests of Honour, Prof Badrul Hasan Khan (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology) and Prof M M Sufyan Beg (Principal, Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, AMU) also spoke on the occasion.
Prof M Muzzammil (Chairman, department of civil engineering) welcomed the guests, while Prof Rehan A Khan (Organising secretary) proposed the vote of thanks.
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