23-MAR-2016: The Department of Civil Engineering, Z H College of Engineering & Technology, Aligarh Muslim University organized the Second National Workshop on "Seismic Safety of Structures" under UGC-SAP Project and Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP-II).
Professor Chandan Ghosh, Head, Geohazards Division, NIDM, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India described the current status of Earthquake prediction exercises taken up globally and also explained the efficacy of earthquake early warning devices . Professor Ghosh explained the application of Bio-Engg. techniques by Vetiver Grass in soil erosion and landslides protections, which is originated in Indian State of Tamil Nadu and now being used in more than 100 countries but not so much used in India itself due to ignorance and other societal misunderstanding. Professor Ghosh also donated few Vetiver plants to the organizers of the seminar for experimentations and field studies.
Professor Suresh Bhalla, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT- Delhi described the types of corrosions and explained reason for carbonation and chloride induced corrosion. Professor Bhalla developed a nondestructive tool to diagnose rebar carbonation initiation, progression and quantification. The research outputs have been shared with one of the Industries in Ghaziabad for mass scale production of the device for civil engineering uses.
Dr Raju Sarkar, Department of Civil Engineering, Delhi Technological University, while describing the wide scale shaking that lead to loss of life and huge structural damage in neighboring countries like India, China and Bangladesh, said that as per Govt. sources around 4,89,500 buildings were fully damaged and 29,550 were partially damaged. He pointed out that due to shaking, most multi-story reinforced concrete buildings, which were non-engineered structure sustained considerable damages. Dr Sarkar also explained the social, economic and scientific impacts and other related disaster mitigation aspects with many valuable lessons learnt from the tragic event of the Nepal earthquake of 25th April, 2015.
Professor Mohammed Arif, Chairperson, Department of Civil Engineering welcomed the guests. Professor Mumtaz Ahmad Khan, Dean ZHCET was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Professor Shakeel Ahmad, convener of the workshop introduced the theme of workshop and organizing secretary Professor Rehan A Khan proposed vote of thanks.
Mr Dhruv Kumar conducted the program.
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