Training on Earthquake Resistant Construction of B

The Biratnagar Sub-metropolitan City and United Nation Development Programme / Earthquake Risk Reduction and Recovery Preparedness Programme for Nepal jointly organized training on earthquake resistant construction of Buildings for Supervisors and Head Masons in Biratnagar. 34 participants participated in the programme out of which, 15 Numbers are Supervisors – Non Technical + Technical (Sub Overseer) and 19 Numbers are Petty Contractor and Head Masons.

Objective and Purpose of the Training Program:

The objective of the training programme is to increase awareness and build the capacity at the local level on earthquake resistant construction through education, practical training, field visit, film show, group discussion, exam of trainees and construction of technological demonstration unit. The specific objective includes creating understanding on basic principles of strengthening the life of structural building and others. The purpose of this training is to provide this understanding to practicing Supervisors and Head masons who have been exposed to little or no previous training in earthquake resistant construction & safety.

Apart from participatory lecture, trainees were taken to a under construction site of different residential buildings. There they saw the existing technique of constructing buildings and local materials later on described the need of adopting earthquake resistant technology. In the practical session, the demonstration of load bearing and frame structure construction were completed by the participants with the guidance of municipal engineers, resource persons and project engineers of UNDP/ERRRP Project. People can see the constructed structures for permanent technological demonstration unit in BSMC.

Trainees were provided with resource material and IEC material in Nepali having pictorial presentation for easy understanding among the uneducated participants.

Expected Output:

  • 34 (15 Numbers Supervisors – Non Technical + Technical (Sub Overseer) +19 Numbers Petty Contractor and Head Masons) from the municipality were trained in cause and effect of earthquake, earthquake preparedness and earthquake resistant constructions of buildings.
  • The municipal engineers also gained the capacity building on earthquake resistant technology and taken lecture class for the participants with the help of  UNDP/ERRRP Project Engineers
  • Supervisors being directly responsible for the quality of construction work, the targeted goal of earthquake safer cities can be achieved by training such group of people.
  • They got the opportunity to know various new things on earthquake resistant construction works.