Bangladesh gets Japanese tremor technology

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Bangladesh gets Japanese tremor technology
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

Japanese experts are transferring a technology to Bangladesh which will be used to fortify buildings to reduce the damage risk from high-intensity earthquakes.

Retrofitting technology, as this particular know-how is called, is applied to a building an extra protection with additional support of shear wall or steel, said superintending engineer of Design Circle-1 of Public Works Department Abdul Malek Sikder.

‘We shall go for reinforcing important establishments with the technology after we  gain expertise on it,’ he said Wednesday.

The technical know-how will greatly help Bangladeshi experts in their efforts to protect buildings and thus minimize casualties during any strong tremor, he hoped.

Experts view that Bangladesh faces a high risk of moderate to strong earthquakes that may result in widespread damage and loss of thousands of lives.

The technology transfer will take place under a four-year project ‘capacity development on natural disaster-resistant techniques of construction and retrofitting for public buildings’ supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The project, began this year to end in 2014, aims at retrofitting the establishments related to emergency services.

Sikder said PWD would conduct an assessment on jolt vulnerability of the public buildings in the large cities during the project period.

Under the project, the Japanese experts will impart training to nearly 650 civil and 350 diploma engineers about various aspects of the technology. The PWD will issue licenses to the engineers upon completion of the training programme.

Sikder said retrofitting technique is widely used in tremor-prone countries but the local engineers do not have much knowledge of it.

The project formulation officer of the Disaster Mitigation and Climate Change wing of JICA Bangladesh, Hideki Katayama, said his government has taken the initiative to help Bangladesh his government would provide $2.6 million as grant to implement the project.

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