UNDP trains structural engineers on seismic analysis and retrofitting

Aug 31, 2014

The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) started the third training in a series of courses directed at building the capacity of a team of structural engineers from public and private sector, alongside members of academia, the series of trainings aims at building the capacities to assess buildings for seismic vulnerability and produce designs for enhancement. During the courses, the engineers will be assessing a total of 15 critical buildings; i.e. civil defense centers and public schools across the country.

The training results will inform two chapters of the building code review process undertaken by Jordan National Building Council also supported by UNDP.

The training focuses on equipping engineers with the necessary skills and knowledge, and prepares them to later train other engineers; each engineer will train 20 others across sectors and across country. Each trained engineer will bring in his/her newly acquired knowledge to his/her organization to undertake the assessment to more critical buildings.

UNDP has previously supported the elaboration of a seismic hazard map for Jordan, the selected critical buildings are spread across country primarily in regions prone to earthquakes.

UNDP in cooperation with Royal Scientific Society is undertaking tests of the buildings properties to inform the assessment with the highest level of accuracy.

The assessment of “Ghor Al-Thra’a Elementary School” proved that the bearing capacity of concrete was at a critical point, , an area very prone to earthquakes. Ministry of Housing and Public Works informed the relevant authorities to evacuate the school that serves 267 students, the school is located very close to the dead sea fault.

This exercise is part of UNDP’s effort through its DRR programme funded by SDC and Government of Jordan; and aims at enhancing institutional capacities in DRR in Jordan.