Project Period: April-September 2017
A day long Training Program on “Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment” was held on 16 February 2017 at BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention & Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS), organized by BUET-JIDPUS in association with University of Trieste, Italy. The training program was attended by 32 participants, including students and faculty members from BUET, DU, MIST, CUET, UAP, Khulna University and representatives (engineers) from PWD, LGED, RHD, RAJUK, HBRI, BWDB, UBSP. This training program was organized as an activity under HEQEP Project CP-3140 “Development of Post-Graduate Research and Degree Programs in Disaster Risk Reduction at New Institute on Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety” of University Grants Commission Government of Bangladesh.
Dr. Md. Mazharul Haque, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, and Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering, spent some time at the training program. In his address to the participants, he stressed the importance of the subject matter. Speakers in the training program included Dr. Fabio Romanelli, Dr. Franco Vaccari, Dr. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini. The training program ended with a discussion session and certificate awarding. Prof. Dr. Raquib Ahsan, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Director of BUET-JIDPUS distributed the certificates among the participants.
The project team of BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS) has been awarded the “ICT for Mountain Development Award–2015” from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal for the project- “DEVELOPING DYNAMIC WEB-GIS BASED EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR THE COMMUNITIES AT LANDSLIDE RISKS IN CHITTAGONG METROPOLITAN AREA, BANGLADESH” (http://www.icimod.org/?q=20601). Vice-Chancellor of BUET, Prof. Saiful Islam accepted the award on behalf of BUET-JIDPUS on Dec.4 2016 during Bangladesh- ICIMOD Partnership Day.
In addition to developing a dynamic web-based early warning system (http://www.landslidebd.com), the project (July 2014 to Sept.2015) produced a series of technical reports on landslide inventory, social vulnerability assessment, soil investigation, community vulnerability, rainfall pattern, land cover modeling, landslide susceptibility modeling, slope stability mapping. The project also arranged several key informant discussions, meeting with CDA officials, knowledge sharing programs, social and community awareness building programs, and a final national seminar to disseminate scientific results for relevant policy formulation. Prof. IkuoTowhata from University of Tokyo, Japan, and advisor to the project visited landslide prone areas in March 2015 in Chittagong and contributed to knowledge sharing programs in Chittagong and Dhaka. The final seminar held at BUET-JIDPUS in Sept. 2015 was attended by senior officials and academicians from Chittagong Development Authority, Chittagong City Corporation, Department of Environment, Department of Disaster Management, Chittagong Port Authority, Geological Survey of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, University of Chittagong, Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Southern University Chittagong, Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense. The project was well-received and appreciated by the distinguished participants.
This project was funded by a SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Programme, administered through ICIMOD (Nepal) and established through a joint partnership between United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project core team consists of Prof. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini (Director, BUET-JIDPUS), Md. Shahinoor Rahman (Asst. Prof, BUET-JIDPUS) and Bayes Ahmed (PhD candidate UCL, UK), and two foreign advisors Prof. David E. Alexander (UCL, UK) and Prof. IkuoTowhata (Univ. Tokyo, Japan).Contributions from research assistants, survey assistants and other participants are also gratefully acknowledged, with special mention for Sonia Rahman, Ferdous Farhana Haq and Carlos Murillo.
A Training Program on “Use of PLAXIS Software on Geotechnical Problem” was held on 23rd January, 2017 at BUET-JIDPUS, organized by BUET-JIDPUS. This Training Program was conducted as an activity under HEQEP project CP No. 3140 titled “Development of Post‐Graduate Research and Degree Programs in Disaster Risk Reduction at New Institute on Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety” of University Grants Commission Government of Bangladesh.
Engr. Sheikh Muhammad Ferdous, Chartered Professional Civil Engineer (CEng), Institution of Engineer (ICE), UK was the trainer of the program. Dr. Tahmeed M.Al-Hussaini, Director, BUET-JIDPUS and Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, Professor Dr. Kabirul Islam, Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, Professor Dr. Mohammad Shariful Islam, Department of Civil Engineering, BUET, and other faculty member from Civil Engineering Department of BUET and MIST were present in the Training Program. There were total 20 participants including M.Sc student of BUET.
A seminar on “Experimental and Field Assessment Studies on Disaster Risk” was held on 2nd May at BUET-JIDPUS, organized by BUET-JIDPUS. This seminar was conducted as an activity under HEQEP project CP No. 3140 titled “Development of Post‐Graduate Research and Degree Programs in Disaster Risk Reduction at New Institute on Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety” of University Grants Commission Government of Bangladesh.
The Chief Guest of the seminar was Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice‐Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific and the Special Guest was Prof. Dr. A.M.M. Safiullah, Vice‐Chancellor, Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology. Amod Gujral, Managing Director Encardio-rite Electronic Pvt. Ltd., Lucknow, India was one of the presenters of the seminar who presented on “Instrumentation for on‐line web‐based monitoring for safety of structures and landslide areas“. Dr. Tahmeed M-Al‐Hussaini, Director, BUET‐JIDPUS and Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, BUET gave a brief description on Disaster related Research Activities at BUET‐JIDPUS. Dr. Mohammad Shariful Islam, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, BUET who introduced a new idea for slope protection (Bangladesh Perspective).
The training program ended with an interactive discussion session where the attendees of the seminar communicated with the presenters, chief guest and special guest asking questions regarding the technologies and disaster risk reduction methods currently being implemented and the future of such technologies. Prof. Dr. A.M.M. Safiullah appreciated the new idea of slope protection. Prof. Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury appreciated the collaboration with different university & organization and hoped to increase it with different government and non-government organization and institutions.
A shake table test demonstration and inauguration of test facilities at “Earthquake Engineering Laboratory” of BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS) was held on 1st February 2016. The laboratory was inaugurated by Prof. Khaleda Ekram, Honorable Vice Chancellor of BUET at around 3.45 pm. Prof. Abdul Muqtadir, Head of Civil Engineering department; Prof. Md. Maksud Helali, Head of Biomedical Engineering department, Prof. Sarwar Jahan Md. Yasin, Director of Planning and Development, BUET; Prof. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini, Director of BUET-JIDPUS, senior faculty members from Civil Engineering department, were also present on the occasion. Chief Engineer M.M. Abdul Alim and senior engineers from Engineering Office also attended.
The 2500 sq.ft. laboratory is located in the ground floor of BUET-JIDPUS building with 25 ft high free space, strong floor and overhanging 10 ton crane facility. The major test facilities of this laboratory include a 3mx3m Servo Hydraulic Shake Table, four Pseudo Dynamic Actuators, an Eccentric Mass Vibrator, an L-shaped Reaction Wall and a 18 ft high Reaction Frame. During the shake table test demonstration, 6 ton mass on top of the shake table was shaken to an artificial earthquake with a peak acceleration value of around 0.5g. Inauguration of this laboratory opens opportunity for advanced earthquake engineering experimental research at BUET.
A day long Training Program on “Structural Vulnerability Assessment and Structural Health Monitoring” was held on 26 December 2015 at BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention & Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS), organized by BUET-JIDPUS in association with University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan, Canada. The training program was attended by 44 participants, including students and faculty members from BUET, MIST, UAP, AUST and representatives (engineers) from PWD, LGED, RHD, RAJUK, DSCC, BBA, FSCD and PMBP. This training program was organized as an activity under HEQEP Project CP-3140 “Development of Post-Graduate Research and Degree Programs in Disaster Risk Reduction at New Institute on Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety” of University Grants Commission Government of Bangladesh.
Honorable Vice-Chancellor of BUET, Prof. Khaleda Ekram, spent some time at the training program. In her address to the participants, she appreciated the nature of deliberations, stressed the importance of the subject matter, and expressed hope for interaction between academia and other organizations. She also hoped for collaboration between BUET and UBC. The seminar included various topics ranging from seismic risk, material properties, vulnerability assessment, structural health monitoring, damage evaluation to rural houses. Speakers in the training program included Dr. Shahria Alam, Associate Professor, UBC, Canada, Prof. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini, Prof. Mohammad Shariful Islam, Prof. Raquib Ahsan, Prof. A.F.M. Saiful Amin and Dr. Shohel Rana. The training program ended with a discussion session and certificate awarding. Prof. Ahsanul Kabir distributed the certificates among the participants.