UTB holds seminar on seismic-design

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LOCAL engineers, along with engineering staff and students at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), yesterday attended a seminar to gain insight on the world’s leading seismic design codes.

The seminar – titled ‘Seismic Strengthening of Reinforced Concrete Building Structure’ – was conducted by Dr Basem Abdullah at Lecture Theatre 2.

UTB said Dr Basem Abdullah is a developer and inventor of the first Japanese nationwide approved method of seismic strengthening of Japanese traditional houses with fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP).

He was the Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Hiroshima, Japan from 2001 to 2007, and a pioneer in the development of new materials and techniques to repair and strengthen ageing infrastructure.

During the talk, Dr Basem gave a general introduction on the development of the Seismic Design Codes for buildings in Japan.

Japan is a seismically active country and has some of the most rigorous earthquake building standards in the world. Although building codes are updated regularly, a major change to the Building Standards Act occurred in 1981, UTB said.

The varsity said the seminar gave an opportunity for local engineers to update themselves with the world’s leading seismic design codes given the spate of seismic activity in Sabah in recent years.

The concepts for enhancing the seismic capacity of buildings with a list of approved methods and systems by the Japanese authorities was also discussed in the seminar, UTB added.

Dr Basem is also a fellow of Japan Society of Civil Engineers, fellow of Japan Concrete Institute, fellow of Architectural Institute of Japan, Special Structural Engineering Committee member of Japanese Society of Civil Engineers for developing the Design Guidelines for FRP Bridges.

The seminar was organised by the Civil Engineering Programme and Industry Liaison Office of UTB, together with Fyfe Borneo Sdn Bhd.

The Brunei Times