Project Title

Assessment of Seismic Exposure, Building & Socioeconomic Exposure Assessment and Contingency Planning for Ward 14 of Mymensingh Municipality (April, 2017- September, 2017)

Project Background

BUET-JIDPUS, in association with Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Department of Civil Engineering, BUET conducted the above titled project funded by UNDP at ward 14 of Mymensingh Municipality. Because of the unabated growth of human settlement and other economic activities, the earthquake risk of the Mymensingh Municipality is growing with every passing moment. Rapid urbanization and sub-standard construction of structure, residential buildings and other infrastructures are the major causes behind this earthquake risk. Considering the earthquake threat of ward 14 of Mymensingh Municipality, the scopes of this project were- (i) Assessment of Seismic Exposure (ii) Assessment of Building Condition (iii) Assessment of Socio - economic Context.

The assessments as mentioned above were superimposed and were the basis in developing a vulnerability map with appropriate ranking of cluster under ward 14. Community participation and awareness helped for the formulation of contingency plan for ward no. 14.

Project Objectives
  •  To assess the seismic exposure of Ward-14, Mymensingh Municipality area
  •  To assess the building conditions including technical recommendation for the existing structures depending on diverse risk
  •  To explore the socio-economic vulnerability of study area
  •  To formulate a contingency plan based on community-based risk reduction approach.


Project Team

Prof. Dr. Raquib Ahsan, Project Director; Director, BUET-JIDPUS; Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr. Mehedi A. Ansary, Adviser & Geotechnical Specialist; Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr. Ishrat Islam, Adviser & Disaster Management Specialist, Professor, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning.

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Shakil Akhter, Adviser & Disaster Management Specialist; Professor, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning.

Md. Aminul Islam, Structural Engineer, Lecturer, BUET-JIDPUS.

Uttama Barua, Urban Planner; Lecturer, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning.

Project Title

Development of Post-Graduate Research and Degree Programs in Disaster Risk Reduction at New Institute on Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety

Project Background

This is a Sub Project of Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) funded by University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh and World Bank.


Project Objectives

Develop course curriculum for post-graduate degree (Masters/Ph.D./Diploma) programs related to Disaster Reduction. Review of similar degree programs at various institutions at home and abroad will be done. Experts and disaster mitigation personnel will be consulted. The degree programs will place emphasis on the application of Engineering and Technology for Disaster Mitigation.

Specific Research tasks on disaster risk assessment topics will be undertaken with technical assistance of relevant experts from renowned institutions. This will improve the knowledge of participating faculty on disaster related subjects. Available state-of-the-art testing facilities of the institute will be used, funding from the project will be used to purchase accessories, build models and conduct experiments. Advanced software and software license will be procured which will vastly improve analytical capabilities of the faculty. Research reports and other publications will be prepared as outcome of these research activities:

Research Task 1: Develop earth model for deterministic seismic hazard assessment studies of Bangladesh. The earth model will be developed from complex inverse analysis procedures using digital earthquake records obtained within the country. Seismic hazard will be assessed using state-of-the-art computational methods of the physical wave propagation problem.

Research Task 2: Developing expertise on the use of various geophysical and geotechnical investigation techniques with state-of-the-art equipment (of the institute) for assessing site properties. This task will also include assessment of site effects on earthquake shaking.

Research Task 3: Improve procedures for health/vulnerability assessment of existing civil infrastructures (Buildings, bridges etc) using non-destructive test methods and dynamic testing facilities of the institute. Develop simplified procedures for preliminary screening of structures.

Research Task 4: Develop risk assessment procedures for different disasters including earthquake, landslides, cyclones, flood, 
and impact of climate change.

Research Task 5: Research related to human response during and the immediate aftermath of a disaster particularly human evacuation and safety aspects.

Establish an information centre (in the allocated library space of the institute) with interactive website targetted not only for engineers and personnel working in the field of disaster reduction but also for the general public.

Training of faculty members through interactive workshops and collaborative research. Dissemination of research results among other faculty members and practicing engineers through training programs and open seminars.

Organize an international conference on Disaster and Risk Reduction.

Establish research collaboration with leading universities/institutions of the world.


Project Management Team
  • Dr. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini, Sub Project Manager(SPM)
  • Dr. Md. Shariful Islam, Deputy Sub Project Manager (DSPM)
  • Dr. Raquib Ahsan, Member
  • Dr. A.F.M. Saiful Amin, Member
  • Md. Aminul Islam, Member
  • Mr. Md. Shahinoor Rahman, Member
  • Ishika Nawrin Chowdhury, Member

Project Title

Developing Dynamic Web-GIS based Early Warning System for the Communities at Landslide Risks in Chittagong Metropolitan Area, Bangladesh

Project Background

This is a small grants project funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in association with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and assisted by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The aim of this project is to develop a dynamic early warning system for the landslide vulnerable communities in Chittagong Metropolitan Area (CMA), Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Project Objectives

To establish the nature of relationships among land-cover change, rainfall, climate change and landslide disaster.

To produce landslide susceptibility maps of Chittagong City.

To study human adaptation to landslide risks under the condition of rapid urbanization and torrential rainfall.

To assess community needs for effective implementation of early warning system for landslide

To create a web-based dynamic model to generate early warning for people living in landslide vulnerable zones of Chittagong City.

Project Team

Geotechnical Specialist and Project Director: Professor Dr. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini

Foreign Advisor (Landslide Specialist): Professor Dr. Ikuo Towhata (Japan)

Foreign Advisor (Social Vulnerability Specialist): Professor Dr. David E. Alexander (UK)

Disaster Management Specialist and Project Coordinator: Mr. Md. Shahinoor Rahman

GIS Specialist and Web-GIS Programmer: Mr. Bayes Ahmed

RS Specialist: Ms. Sharmin Ara