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Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 3:37 pm Post subject: Public awareness
Many of our collegues have rightly pointed out that public awareness is the key factor in constructing earthquake resistant buildings. This was agreed upon by all the collegues of our Association (Structural Engineers' Association of Baroda) and we decided to go to the public to educate the masses. We had a Building Materials Exhibition organized by the Architects Association in December 2003. We mobilized 35-40 students of the final year B.E. civil and M.E. (Structures) students and asked them to prepare charts eplaining some good construction practices from structural strength point of view. We had some powerpoint presentations prepared based on the photographs of earthquake damages in the Bhuj and Ahemdabad regions. These were used to educate the common people that strength of structure should be the first priority rather than the external appearance (beauty). We also distributed handbills advising the people to demand earthquake resistant buildings from the builders. It was a great success.
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