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Seismic issues awareness for lay persons

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:40 am    Post subject: Seismic issues awareness for lay persons Reply with quote

Namaste All,

It is great that a platform is being created to address the
risk of  the  huge population of seismically inadequate
buildings.

The draft code shall serve to guide Structural Engineers to
best undertake evaluation and remedy.

However for that procedure to begin it will need lay persons
to first seek their help. It will be awkward if Structural
Engineers have to go about on their own and point out flaws
and offer solutions.

Just as in Medicine where the lay persons are made aware of
common symptoms such as fever, cough, chest pain and advised
to seek professional help, I believe there is a need to
prepare a document that will enable them to make the most
rudimentary judgments. For example the soft storey
structures are at greater risk and that can relatively
easily be conveyed to them.

Therefore a short document detailing in lay man terms the
most obvious flaws could be circulated to the population at
large so that they may notice the "symptoms" and seek
professional help.

A glossary explaining seismic/structural engineering jargon
in layman terms would also be helpful.

A lot of these lay persons whilst not being structural
engineers would be educated and capable of understanding
such a document.

Though other agencies are probably working on publications
to increase public awareness a document married to such a
code would enable the structural engineers bridge the
communication gap confidently.

with regards,

Dhirendra Tripathi

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