Event: 2nd UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar

Second UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar
Second UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar

Date:
Introductory Program (September 6-7, 2010) Limit 70 participants
Advanced Program (September 5-9, 2010) Limit: 110 participants
Location: University Quisqueya, Haut Turgeau, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Registration:

Introductory Program: 3,000 gourdes ; Advanced Program: 5,000 gourdes
Payment must be made in advance to the UniQ bursar’s office; questions about payment can be directed to Tingue Wolfield (509-3844-9135 or tingue [dot] wolfield {at] gmail [dot} com ).

To register, visit https://www.ubevents.org/event/UniQ-UB2 or contact one of the seminar directors. Registration will close when the maximum capacity for each program is reached. Confirmation of registration will be sent via email.

Instructors:

André Filiatrault, Ph.D., Eng., Professor of Civil Engineering, University at Buffalo and MCEER Director
André Filiatrault is a licensed civil engineer and a professor of civil engineering at the University at Buffalo. He led a team of 10 French-speaking engineers and architects in conducting structural safety assessments of critical facilities, including hospitals, food distribution warehouses and other buildings in Port-au-Prince within days of the January 2010 earthquake. In one week, his team inspected 115 buildings and established a process for building assessments that remains in use in Haiti today.

Pierre Fouché, Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo
Pierre Fouché is a Haitian-born civil engineer, a graduate of UniQ, a Fulbright Scholar and a Ph.D. candidate in earthquake engineering at the University at Buffalo. Fouché’s current research interests are in multi-hazard engineering and design of bridge structures. For his Ph.D. dissertation, he is developing an integrated and cost-effective bridge system that aims to offer a single optimized solution to the constraints of multiple hazards.

Wassim Ghannoum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Wassim Ghannoum recently joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches design and behavior of reinforced concrete structures, and conducts research on earthquake induced damage to concrete structures. He has several years of structural design experience, and is a member of the American Concrete Institute’s committee on “Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation.” He participated in the week-long structural assessment mission in Haiti led by Prof. André Filiatrault and is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) committee coordinating technical assistance to Haiti.

Seminar Directors

Tingue Wolfield, Civil Engineer, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture, UniQ
Phone: (509) 3844-9135
Email: tingue [dot] wolfield {at] gmail [dot} com

Sofia Tangalos
MCEER, University at Buffalo (USA)
Phone: 00 + 1 (716) 645-1157
Email: tangalos {at] buffalo [dot} edu

Description:

The second in a series of professional development earthquake engineering seminars presented by Haiti’s University Quisqueya (UniQ) and the University at Buffalo’s MCEER will offer two concurrent tracks—an introductory program and an advanced program—for Haitian structural engineers and architects this September.

Developed in consultation with UniQ faculty and based on Haitian construction practices, each program includes hands-on exercises, design examples and in-field demonstrations. All lectures and seminar materials are presented in French.

The Introductory Program (September 6-7, 2010), which was first offered in May 2010, will be offered again due to high demand. Entitled, “Introduction to Earthquake Engineering and Post-Earthquake Building Assessment,” this program aims to help Haitian engineers gain knowledge of fundamental earthquake engineering principles for retrofit of damaged facilities and design of new construction. Participants will also learn how to conduct rapid building assessments using the U.S. standard, Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

The Advanced Program (September 5-9, 2010), entitled “Seismic Design Load Calculations and the Seismic Design of Concrete and Masonry Buildings,” will provide in-depth instruction on design procedures, construction techniques and structural behaviors of reinforced concrete elements and confined masonry buildings in Haiti. Illustrative examples will be given. In addition, there will be a hands-on demonstration of the construction of a confined masonry wall with the help of a trained Haitian mason. Individuals enrolling in the Advanced Program are required to have already completed the Introductory Program.

Both programs will be held at the University Quisqueya, Haut Turgeau, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Returning instructors André Filiatrault, Ph.D., Eng., Professor of Civil Engineering, University at Buffalo and MCEER Director, and Pierre Fouché, Ph.D. Candidate, University at Buffalo, will be joined by Wassim Ghannoum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin.

Both Filiatrault and Ghannoum were members of the initial United Nations’-designated Emergency Engineering Support Unit that conducted structural safety assessments on hospitals, food distribution warehouses and government facilities in Haiti shortly following the January 12 earthquake.

The seminars are a component of a longer-term educational initiative included in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by UniQ and UB/MCEER to promote academic exchange and cooperation over the next three years.

Seminar Summary:

Introductory Program: September 6-7, 2010
“Introduction to Earthquake Engineering and Post-Earthquake Building Assessment”

  • Registration fee is 3,000 gourdes
  • Limit of 70 participants

Advanced Program: September 5-9, 2010
“Seismic Design Load Calculations and the Seismic Design of Concrete and Masonry Buildings”

  • Prerequisite: Introductory Program
  • Registration fee is 5,000 gourdes
  • Limit of 110 participants
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