PWD steps towards seismic research, resilient construction

The Public Works Department (PWD) has launched knowledge manuals on seismic resilient construction of public buildings in Bangladesh as part of earthquake preparedness. 

It unveiled the manuals on Saturday at a seminar held at PWD auditorium in Dhaka.

“The manuals have been prepared by experts from home and abroad. They include seismic design, fire design, architectural handbook and geotechnical handbook,” said Md Shafiqul Islam, additional chief engineer (Planning and Special Project) of PWD. 

This is a joint initiative by PWD, under the technical cooperation project, with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the Project on Promoting Building Safety for Disaster Risk Reduction (BSPP), implemented from 2017 to 2021.

Mohammad Shamim Akhter, chief engineer of PWD, attended the program as chief guest while Takeshi Saheki, senior representative of JICA Bangladesh, was there as a special guest. 

Each manual or handbook was discussed briefly by the members of the project. 

The speakers at the program opined that with the pace of urbanization and urge of building construction, the country was experiencing rapid development and unsafe construction of buildings. 

Medium to large scale earthquakes can devastate major cities across the country, resulting in chaotic situations by and large. “The initiative by PWD and JICA will help to ensure seismic resilient construction practice,” they noted.  

Technical materials would be used by engineers and architects for seismic resilient construction of public and private buildings in Bangladesh, the PWD handout said.

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