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					The Department of Civil Engineering at the American University of Sharjah, and
               the UAE Ministry of Public Works and Housing
             In collaboration with the U. S. Geological Survey
                           Will conduct two days Workshop on
     Earthquake Risk Mitigation: Recent Developments and Prospects of
                  Applications in UAE and GCC Region
Time and Location
Tuesday April 20, 2004 and Wednesday April 21, 2004.
Lecture Hall B, Main Building, American University of Sharjah
Workshop Presenters:
Mehmet Celebi, Senior Research Civil Engineer, USGS (Expertise:
Earthquake Engineering)
Azm S. Al-Homoud, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Supervisor of Earthquake Observatory and Soil
Dynamics Laboratory at AUS and Related Research Program of Earthquake Monitoring in Northern UAE
(Expertise: Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics).
Walter Mooney, Senior Geophysicist, USGS (Expertise: Geophysics, Continental Seismicity)
Jamal A. Abdalla, Associate Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, AUS (Expertise: Earthquake Engineering
and Structural Dynamics)
Mark Petersen, Senior Geophysicsit/Geologist USGS (Expertise: Hazard map development).
Sami Tabsh, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, AUS (Expertise: Bridge Design, Reliability Methods and
Structural Dynamics).
Timothy Dawson, Research Geologist, USGS (expertise: Paleoseismology)
Tarik Ozkul, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering, AUS (Expertise: non-destructive integrity
assessment methods and techniques of infrastructure rehabilitation)
Tentative Titles of Topics:
  •   Engineering Aspects of Earthquake Hazard Mitigation and Monitoring Issues (Mehmet Celebi)
  •   Soil dynamics, Site Response Analysis, Liquefaction and geotechnical design (Azm S. Al-Homoud)
  •   Seismicity of Continental Regions (Walter Mooney)
  •   Earthquake Design Codes and Dynamic Response of Structures (Jamal Abdalla)
  •   Development of Hazard Maps (Mark Petersen)
  •   Seismic Design of Highway Bridges (Sami Tabsh)
  •   Paleoseismology and Applications (Timothy Dawson)
  •   Recent developments in Non-destructive methods for assessment of buildings condition and rehabilitation
      techniques. (Tarik Ozkul).
The United Arab Emirates and most of GCC countries are near the edge of the Arabian Plate adjacent to the
Iranian plateau and close to Zagros Fault that is characterized by high seismic activities. The Iranian plateau
frequently suffers destructive and catastrophic earthquakes that cause heavy loss of human life and widespread
damage in buildings and infrastructure.

Due to its proximity to the Iranian Block, and the recent increase in the rate of seismic activity of the region it
becomes evident that the UAE and its surroundings are vulnerable, with various degrees, to earthquakes that are
occurring at and around Zagros fault. The recent earthquake of March 11, 2002 (2:02 am local time) that hit
Masafi is an incident that has not been witnessed in the recent years. It is evident that no part of the land is
completely free of seismic activity.

Accordingly, a joint effort is underway between the American University of Sharjah and the Ministry of Public Work
and Housing to establish guidelines to make UAE buildings and infrastructure more earthquake resistant. The
effort will have many facets regarding establishment of new codes, delineation of seismic zones and education of
engineers and the public on earthquake related issues. Ministries, municipalities, academic institutions and
organizations already joined the effort to support the scientific research and education in areas of earthquake
engineering and mitigation. This workshop is another step towards that goal and it is intended to serve the
purpose of educating the concerned parties about the fundamentals of earthquake effects and mitigation

Workshop Objectives
The main objectives of the workshop are:

  (1) Raising the level of awareness of practicing engineers about earthquakes nature, causes and effects on
     constructed facilities, including buildings, reclaimed land, bridges, dams, offshore facilities, ports and
  (2) Drawing the attention of the authorities, decision makers, land use planners and building owners to the
     degree of risk and the potential damage to constructed facilities in the event of severe earthquakes such
     that necessary precautions and measures can be taken.
  (3) Laying the foundation for establishing committees and task groups toward the development of codes,
     guidelines and regulations for earthquake resistant design of buildings and infrastructures/
  (4) Paving of the road for future research and training in earthquake engineering at UAE higher education
     institutions and related government agencies.

Earthquake Observatory, American University of Sharjah
United Arab Emirates Society of Engineers
United Arab Emirates Contractors Association
Contractors and Consulting Firms in the UAE - to be announced.

Workshop Committee
Chairmen: Dr. Jamal A. Abdalla and Prof. Azm S. Al-Homoud, American University of Sharjah
Members: Dr. Mehmet Celebi, USGS, Eng. Zahra Al-Abbodi, UAE Ministry of Public Works and Housing, and
Dr. Sami Tabsh, American University of Sharjah

Contact Information
Nuha Saadawi, Secretary
Civil Engineering Department, American University of Sharjah
Tel: 971-6-515 2929
 Fax: 971-6-515 2979
Tentative Program Schedule
Day One:
Registration 9:00-9:15 am
Session 1
Coffee Break 10:30 -11:00 AM
Session 2
Lunch Break 12:30-1:30 PM
Session 3
Coffee Break 3:00 -3:30 AM
Session 4

Day Two:
Registration 9:00-9:15 am
Session 1
Coffee Break 10:30 -11:00 AM
Session 2
Lunch Break 12:30-1:30 PM
Session 3 (Chair)
Coffee Break 3:00 -3:30 AM
Session 4 (Chair)
* Captions are courtesy of USGS, and AUS Earthquake Observatory