UET Peshawar successfully performed the lab test through its Earthquake Engineering Centre (EEC) for the design and verification of school designs under the Nepal Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program. The test was performed on multi-axis shake table in presence of Pro-VC UET Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Noor Muhammad, VC University of Peshawar Prof Dr. Asif Ali, Director DOST Dr. Khalid Khan and senior government officials from Planning Commission of Pakistan and others, here today.
In response of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) financial support for the reconstruction of school buildings in affected areas of Nepal (Gorkha and Kathmandu) after a devastating earthquake of 7.9 magnitude took place on 25th April 2018, EEC UET Peshawar had been awarded to provide services for the design and verification of school designs through its state-of-the-art shake table testing services.
The test was performed by Director EEC, UET Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Syed M. Ali and supervised by Dr. Qaiser Ali, Chairman Civil Engineering Department while Assistant Professor, Dr. Naveed Ahmad has been managing this project with ADB since its award. Dr. Naveed said the earthquake caused a widespread disruption and economic losses for about 10 USD billion, 50% of Nepal’s GDP. He said, the data will be used to obtain construction materials properties and calculate structure response parameters under the project which will facilitate safe and sustainable school reconstruction in remote areas of Nepal. Further, the derived parameters may also be incorporated in the National Building Code of Nepal (NBC).
Dr S. M. Ali said, in order to move a step higher in research for direct impact on society, EEC established with the support of Planning Commission of Pakistan and HEC was actively involved in applied and indigenous research in the field of seismology.
So far, 50 Ph.D.’s have been produced, said Dr. Ali adding, experts and qualified staff were engaged in projects carried by the government and international agencies such as testing various construction materials such as bridges, overheads and buildings.