Graduate Training Course at An-Najah National University in the Field of Seismic Design of Buildings
Within the Support Action for Strengthening Palestinian-administrated Areas capabilities for Seismic Risk Mitigation project in Palestine (SASPARM2).A training course (50 hours) was offered by the Urban Planning and Disaster Risks Reduction Canter/ Earth Sciences and SeismicEngineering Unit, An-Najah National University,and the Palestinian Engineers Association on: "Fundamentals of seismic analysis and seismic design".
48 students from the faculty of Engineering (Departments of Civil Engineering and building Engineering), have participated in the course.
The Training covered a number of themes, mainly: Introduction to Seismology, Site effect factors. (Local geology and soil conditions), Introduction to earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Dynamic response of structures, the influence of architectural and structural configuration on seismic performance of Buildings, Eccentricity and tensional consequences in structures, Seismic forces and building codes, Seismic design of reinforced concrete frames, Seismic design of reinforced concrete shear walls, Special topics on earthquake engineering (seismic retrofit and upgrading fundamentals,..Etc).
The training sessions were conducted by Prof. Jalal Dabeek, Director of the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center at An-Najah University and the Vice President of the National Agency for Disaster Risk Mitigation in Palestine.
At the end of the course and in the presence of Prof. Jalal Dabeek and Dr. Monther Dwaikat , Head of Engineering Building; and Dr. Abdel raheem Abu safa, Chairman of the Scientific Committee in the Engineers Association - Nablus branch, certificates were distributed to the participants.
It is noteworthy that the Support Action for Strengthening Palestinian-administrated Areas capabilities for Seismic Risk Mitigation project in Palestine (SASPARM2), is implemented in collaboration with European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering "EUCENTRE” and The Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia –IUSS. The project includes a number of activities, mainly: training courses in the field of seismic design for buildings for engineers from engineering offices, workshops with ministries and government institutions and non-governmental organizations, public awareness campaigns for citizens and students, scientific publications, exchange of visits, etc.