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Earthquake Engineering Programme for Architecture Colleges in India

14 October 2005

Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture is working in partnership with the Civil Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur to develop a new curriculum on earthquake resistance design for Indian Colleges of Architecture. A joint working group has prepared a complete package of new programme teaching and students resource materials.

Earthquake Engineering New Zealand’s Chairman Dr David Hopkins, EENZ India Team Leader Dr Richard Sharpe and Dr Bill Robinson have sent messages of congratulations to the Bhuj Hospital Project Architect Mr Uday Pattanayak of EFN Ribeiro & Associates and construction company Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

This resource package includes a set of twenty four Powerpoint lectures for the new course. In addition over the next few weeks there is the delivery of an Indian version of the new RESIST computer programme developed by the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture that enables designers to very quickly design structures that are necessary to resist wind and earthquake loads.

The sponsor for this technology transfer project is the Indian National Program for Earthquake Engineering Education, who has purchased the rights to the Indian version of the RESIST computer programme through the Victoria University of Wellington commercial arm of the university, Victoria Link Ltd. The RESIST programme will be distributed free to all the one hundred and ten Colleges of Architecture in India, and possibly also to Schools of Engineering as well.

Victoria University of Wellington Senior Lecturer Building Structures Andrew Charleson is in India for a second six weeks over October November to assist with the disseminating of the new resource materials to lecturers who will use it in their Colleges of Architecture. As well as helping to improve the way earthquake resistant design is taught in Colleges of Architecture, Andrew Charleson will also be working on revising several chapters of the IAEE publication “Guidelines for Earthquake-Resistant Non-engineered Construction”.

Andrew Charleson is also Director of the Earthquake Hazard Centre hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture that provides a valuable earthquake design resource website that includes several case studies of earthquake resistant buildings in India ( Andrew was the establishment Co Chair with Chairman David Hopkins when the Earthquake Engineering NZ cluster network was first begun.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Charleson
Earthquake Hazard Centre


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