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IIT Gandhinagar witnesses India-Nepal Confined Masonry Workshop at its Campus

On March 14 and 15, 2019 Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) is organising a workshop on Confined Masonry (CM) technology and its implementation will be in India and Nepal. For participants more than 20 from Nepal and India that includes government officials and engineers will be supposedly attending the workshop.

The workshop is being held with the following main objectives: i) to share global initiatives related to CM construction, ii) to share experience regarding the research and code development regarding CM construction in India, and iii) to share Nepal initiatives towards introducing CM construction.

The main objectives behind the workshops are

  • Sharing of Global initiatives related to CM construction.
  • Sharing of experience related to the research and code development regarding CM construction in India, and
  • Sharing the Nepal initiatives towards CM construction.

After the 2015 Gorkha earthquake (magnitude 7.7) which caused damage of more than 600,000 buildings in India, there comes an interest in introducing CM technology in Nepal for the purpose of rebuilding. CM technology is found to be a cost-effective and in fact a safe alternative to reinforce concrete construction technology for buildings which is low to medium rise. When it comes to CM construction in India IIT Gandhinagar campus have featured the first large scale application. CM technology has been even used in constructing staff and faculty housing and even students’ hostel.

This workshop is coordinated by the Visiting Professor of IITGN, Dr SvetlenaBrzev and the Director of IITGN has reportedly said they are hoping for this CM to be widely used in the seismically prone zones of Nepal and India.

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