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Code and Title:
     ICTAG I577: Continuous Education Project in Earthquake Engineering

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. S. Tanvir Wasti (homepage)


     All research projects possess, produce or provide an educational content. The upward distillation of knowledge leads to wisdom; the filtering down of knowledge leads to know-how. The vital function of a University is indeed the development and discovery of knowledge through research, but it can be stated without much argument that the most important duty of a University is to make the spin-off from this knowledge immediately and freely available to the community. The imparting or transfer of technical knowledge, initially as research-oriented information or, after proper processing, as know-how, calls for expertise at different levels. The Middle East Technical University Project Team is specially equipped for this task of continuing education in both English and Turkish. The members of the Project Team have impeccable research credentials and extensive experience over the years in teaching students, practicing engineers, technical managers and building contractors possessing differing backgrounds of competence and technical responsibility.

    It is suggested that the dissemination of research results from the present project be conducted in the following formats:

  • Individual lectures, seminars, short refresher courses and training workshops on the latest methodologies and techniques for the seismic assessment and rehabilitation of buildings
  • The preparation of desktop-published course material explaining and illustrating salient items of the Turkish and other contemporary earthquake codes; structural behavior during earthquakes; damage assessment for urban and rural structures; rehabilitation techniques as developed from experimentation and research, etc.
  • Broadcasting of systematized knowledge relating to the seismic amelioration of structures and buildings of different types by means of compact discs, video films, the Internet and television channels [if possible].

      It is expected that after some trial runs, the continuing education activities could develop into formal programs leading to evaluation of student performance and possible award of certificates of proficiency.

Keywords: Earthquake, reinforced concrete, earthquake engineering, continuing education, internet based education, asynchronous education