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Expert talk – Basics of Earthquake – Building planning in EQ prone areas

Total 1,987 earthquakes were recorded/reported by the USGS having a magnitude of 2.5+ in a period of last 30 days. Earthquakes are phenomenal and keep occurring every moment on the earth. Today, March 27th in the year 2018, I had a wonderful time spent with students of BE Civil (Year II, Semester IV) studying at the SSASIT, Surat. USGS website is showing locations of EQ epicentres.

Global EQ during 27Feb to 27Mar .jpg
Global locations of epicentres for past 30-days

The site keeps on updating frequently, access it here.

Today’s discussion was oriented to have a quick understanding of the scientific understanding of the earthquake phenomena and apply certain principles to avoid damage to buildings and subsequently, the loss of lives. Damages to human lives can be saved if buildings are planned and constructed for safety against structural and non-structural elements. Size, shape, height, the positioning of bean-column does play a crucial role apart from structural steel content. Joints in the building can prove to be a weak link.

A presentation here may be useful for exploring some basic aspects and principles discussed. The presentation was compiled from the information made available during my tenure for working with UNDP India in 2009 on a project named, UEVRP – Urban Earthquake Vulnerability Program towards building capacities in the society. Some alterations were done to bring in a specific orientation of understanding.

Here are some of the memories captured during the session in progress.

I express sincere thanks to Prof. Shivang Dabhi who hosted the event with the support of Prof. Pastagiya and Prof. Satashia and other friends in the teaching staff of SSASIT. Also, gratitude is due towards Dr Vaghasiya, Principal and trustee members for availing me an opportunity of sharing my insights in the subject matter.

During the talk that lasted more than 2 hours, all the students were attentive and showing keen interest. I hope the talk would be helpful to them in developing interests for exploring principles of Engineering. I wish them to be attentive in the due course of their formal degree Engineering education throughout and a best of luck.

Learners may provide their input as a feedback/ comment on the content of the talk as well as their understanding of the subject matter in the comment section below.

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Prof. Bhasker Bhatt is a Town Planner and Civil Enginee. He has been very active with design thinking based training program as an expert conducting workshops.He completed his masters in town planning with a research on Road Safety Audit. As far as academics are concerned, he has been excellent and awarded with several Gold Medals during Diploma, Degree and Post Graduate studies. He had provided his services in the field of consultancy at national as well as international level through working with multilateral organisations such as The World Bank and United Nations Development Project-India. Research areas of him include Road Safety, Urban Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Statistical Analysis Techniques, GIS and Climate Change effects in urban areas.He is actively associated with several professional organisations and serving various prestigious posts for better interaction among educational, engineering and planning fraternity. He has more than 6 years’ experience in technical consultancy and about 6 years of engineering teaching. He has guided about 23 PG Dissertations and 10+ UG projects as well as a few AMIE projects. Towards continuous upgradations of skills and technological advancements, he has attempted 50+ events consisting of workshops, training programs, seminars, conventions, and symposiums. He frequently organises events for students and faculty members that ignite active academic upgradations and industrial interaction. He has published more than 56 technical research papers in conferences and journals. Several of his research articles are awarded with Best Paper honor during conferences. Most of all his works are available online for reference along with projects and dissertation reports. He is fascinated to conduct academic and exposure trips for students through putting his network of acquaintances to best of use.Prof. Bhasker is a recipient of “Best Section Management Committee Member of ISTE Gujarat Section 2015”. Also, he was honoured by “Pedagogical Innovation Award 2015” by the GTU for his efforts and contributions in engineering education. At the GTU he was a Master Trainer for Faculty Development Programs conducted at the University wherein he trained more than 350+ teachers of diverse engineering discipline. 1500+ students have attended his sessions on Design Thinking approach that ignites the engineering insights and motivates the engineering brain to increase capabilities, drastically. Recently he has been active with Startup Weekend Surat (powered by Google Inc.) as a trainer. He has developed his own learning portal, for learners - completely free of cost to best serve the purpose of spreading knowledge.

This Post Has 6 Comments

    1. Patel Meha R.

      I m very thankful to having u sir (Prof.Bhasker V. Bhatt) as the expert to give us the knowledge about the earthquake …thank you sir for coming and i hope that u will come soon for the other expert lecture.

  1. Mayank s vadodia

    It was very helpful lecture for me… thank you sir

  2. Sir, I like the way you express and communicate with us… additive thing of your lecture that , it beneficial for all kind of students ( in other.. it finite for particular level of students) feel fortunate ?

  3. Jay D Bhatt

    Hello sir… As per yr lecture.. We got detailed information on earthquakes… And many other related aspects
    The way you had Explained us, we gain proper knowledge about it.. With lots of fun…
    Important this is… U were explaining us with many examples that we can imagine on a wide view point and properly.
    The way of explaining make us laugh and we gain vast knowledge…
    Thankyou for joining us and it was very helpful to us..

  4. Patel Raj G

    Thank you sir for coming and giving an amazing expert lecturer about ” Basics of Earthquake – Building planning in EQ prone areas ” . We get lot of information and knowledge from you. I like the way you gave the whole lecturer which is very interesting . I got all basis knowledge of earthquake from you . Once again thank you sir for your lecture . Hope that i will listen you again in the college.

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