The Committee for Implementing the Seismic Building Code held an extended meeting in the Engineers Association’s centre at the Professional Trade Unions Centre in the city of Al-Bira to discuss its achievements and future programs.
The meeting was chaired by head of Engineers Association Ahmad Idaily and Dr. Jalal Dabbeek, director of the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction centre at An-Najah National University. Other participants in the meeting were: Dr. Mousa Qudaimat, member of the Engineers Association and its representative in the committee, engineerNadi Elayan,the Director General of Engineers Association, engineer Fayeq Deek,Under Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, the Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministryof Local Governance Dr.Tawfiq Budeiri, and engineer Abdelhakim Jawhari and officials involved.
The meeting discussed a number of topics that were presented to the agenda mainly the most important activities and achievements of the Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project in Palestine SASPARM-FP7 funded by the European Union.
Participants reviewed a number of proposalsfor actionduring the coming period, especially attheleveloforganizing workshopsand training courses onearthquake-resistant buildings which will targetdifferent related groups.
The meeting was opened with the engineerIdaily’s speech; he salutedtheguestsandthe audience,and considered thatthe efforts madeby variouspartiesduringthelastperiodleading to anumberofachievements,particularly in terms ofeducation and awarenesscampaignson the subject,as well as thetrainingofengineers fromvariousinstitutions.
Idaily stressed theimportanceofthe projectandthe goals thatthe Commission seeksto achieveby buildingtheinstitutionsofa modern stateat all levels.
For his part, Dr.Dabbeek reviewed theimportanceofthe projectandthemostprominentachievements, stressing that theapplication of the seismic code for buildings concerns all groups and institutions of the Palestinian people.
He added that the SASPARM-FP7project, which will last until next year,aimstoreachall segments of societyfor education and awarenessabout theimportanceandnecessityofapplying the seismic code for buildings. He also pointed out that the buildings and constructions in Palestine characterized by high seismic vulnerability, and therefore it is important to adopt the seismic code for buildings to reduce the human and material losses in the case of earthquakes, God forbid.
On the sidelines of the meeting, participation certificates were handed to 25engineersfromvarious institutionswho had participated in atraining courseonthesubjectgiven byexpertsandspecialists from theCenterforUrban PlanningandDisaster Risk Reductionat An-Najah National University.
It is noteworthy that many workshops are organizedwithintheactivitiesofSupport Action for Strengthening Palestinian-administrated Areas capabilities for Seismic Risk Mitigation project in Palestine (SASPARM) implemented by An-Najah NationalUniversityincooperationwith the European Centre for training and research in Earthquake Engineering "EUCENTRE” and the Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS) in Pavia - Italy within the "FP7" European projects.