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Three-day training on Advanced Design Course on Seismic Safety of buildings concludes

A three-day program on “Advanced Design Course on Seismic Safety of Buildings” held on 9-11 October 2017 in Kathmandu has been successfully completed. The program was jointly implemented by NORSAR Kjeller Norway, British Columbia Institute of Technology Canada, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India, Institute of Engineering Pulchowk, National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal and Earthquake Safety Solutions.

There has been a lot of advancement in the field of earthquake engineering in the last few decades. We now have a great understanding in this field from past earthquake experiences and there has been a lot of researches and studies still going on, which we need to harness in the application of analysis and design work in Nepal. In this context, the main objectives of the course were to acquire knowledge on state-of-the art practice of analysis and design and to develop the professional network as the program was able to bring in the experts from various leading organizations from abroad and home country.

The course covered various topics including engineering seismology, geotechnical and structural earthquake engineering.

A total of 32 participants; 21 design professional with post graduate degree in structural / earthquake /geotechnical engineering and 11 post graduate students with building design experience participated the in the training. A team of ten instructors delivered the course. The participants were chosen through merit-based selection among applicants who paid the course fee.

The program started with brief informal opening remarks from Prof.Dr. Domonik Lang from Norsar Norway, Prof. Dr. Gokarna Motra, chief of Pulchowk campus of IOE and Deputy executive director Dr. Ramesh Guragain of NSET.  The completion ceremony of the training was addressed by Dr. Jagat Shrestha, assistant dean of IOE, Prof. Dr. Dominik Lang, and Prof. Dr. Prem Nath Maskey from IOE and Deputy executive director of NSET Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha.  The Course coordinator Ms. Hima Shrestha presented the course report and extended her sincere thanks to everyone for their cooperation towards successful completion of the program. The participants noted that the course was intensive and introductory with many advanced topics and suggested for modular courses in future. All participants were provided with Certificate of Completion with 20 Professional Development Hours PDH. 

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