International Conference on Disaster Risk Mitigation 2017 (ICDRM 2017)

An International Conference on Disaster Risk Mitigation 2017 (ICDRM 2017) is going to be organized on September 23-24, 2017 at BUET under HEQEP Sub-Project CP-3140 of University Grants Commission Bangladesh with funding from World Bank. Main focus of the conference is on the application of engineering and technology for disaster risk assessment and mitigation. Social and policy aspects for the implementation of the mitigation procedures are also welcome.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Deadline for abstract submission: 7 August, 2017

Abstract acceptance notification: 12 August, 2017

Full paper submission deadline: 5 September, 2017

Full paper acceptance notification: 12 September, 2017

 

Additional information regarding ICDRM 2017:

1. Registration information will be posted soon. We are trying to keep registration fee to a minimum to encourage participation.
2. Unfortunately, there are no funds available for the travel grant.
3. It is preferred that the word limit for the abstract is maintained.

 

Download Conference Brochure:ICDRM 2017 First Circular

Workshop on “Curriculum Development for Post-Graduate Degree and Diploma Program in Disaster Engineering/Disaster Technology”

A workshop on “Curriculum Development for Post-Graduate Degree and Diploma Program in Disaster Engineering/Disaster Technology” was held on May 13, 2017, at BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention & Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS). This workshop was conducted as an activity under HEQEP project CP No. 3140 titled “Development of PostGraduate 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 workshop was attended by faculty members fromCUET, RUET, DUET, IUT, MIST, AUST, UAP and various departments of BUET, as well as representatives from Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) and Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

Prof. Tahmeed M. Al‐Hussaini presented the concept paper.He spoke on different post-graduate degree programs at various local and foreign academic institutions. He finally presented a proposal for post-graduate degree and diploma programs related to Disaster Risk Reduction at BUET-JIDPUS with a focus on the application of engineering and technology. The workshop was also addressed by Prof. Raquib Ahsan (Director, BUET-JIDPUS), Prof. Md. Tarek Uddin (CE, IUT), Dr. Maruful Hasan Mazumder (DEE, CUET), Prof. Md. Kamruzzaman (URP, RUET), Prof. Mohammad ShakilAkther (URP, BUET), Prof. Jahid Hasan (CE, MIST), Prof. Md. Rezaul Karim (CE, DUET), Dr. NehreenMajed (CE, UAP), Dr. Nayma Khan (Architecture, BUET), Md. Azahar Hossain (Geology, GSB) and NetaiDeySarker (GIS, DDM).

Possible courses for the proposed graduate degree program were finalized. It was agreed that a detailed proposal based on recommendations of the workshop will be formulated at an early date by the project team and distributed among all participants.

Shake Table Testing of Earthquake Resistant Concrete Frames

BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS) is conducting a research project on Shake Table Testing of Earthquake Resistant Frame using Buckling Restrained Brace (BRB).

Pl: Prof. Mehedi A. Ansary, BNUS

Co-Pl: Prof Raquib Ahsan, BUET-JIDPUS

 

 

 

 

Training Program on “Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assessment”

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.

 

BUET-JIDPUS project team receives ICT Mountain Development Award 2015

 

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.

Training Program on “Use of PLAXIS Software on Geotechnical Problem”

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 PostGraduate 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.

 

 

Seminar on “Experimental and Field Assessment Studies on Disaster Risk”

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 PostGraduate 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 online webbased 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.