The Sustainable Construction Materials & Structural Systems Research Group at the University of Sharjah’s Research Institute of Sciences and Engineering (RISE), part of the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Research and Graduate Studies, organized a workshop on designing buildings that resist heavy loads: earthquakes and explosions. This in collaboration with the University’s College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the University of Ottawa’s Risk Management Research Center, and the Sharjah Research Academy.
Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, attended the workshop along with Prof. Mufid Samarai, Senior Advisor to the Sharjah Research Academy; Prof. Abdallah Shanableh, Director of the Institute of Sciences and Engineering Research; Prof. Salah Altoubat, Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; as well as a large number of experts, advisors, and decision-makers from the private and government sectors.
During the workshop, speakers and experts presented the latest research and design techniques in the North American region to protect civil infrastructure against accidental or intentional explosions. The workshop also highlighted the principles of seismic performance-based risk reduction as well as practical experiments to design buildings on the basis of exposure to explosions and earthquakes.
The workshop targeted professionals, decision-makers, researchers and designers to explore the benefits of designing for protection and mitigating the seismic risks of the UAE’s sustainable engineering infrastructure.