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First UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar

May 20-22, 2010 | Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Group Photo at the First UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar

More than 200 Haitian professionals and students in the field of engineering attended the First UniQ-UB/MCEER Earthquake Engineering Seminar held on May 20-22, 2010 on the campus of Quisqueya University (UniQ) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Developed with an understanding of current Haitian construction practices, the seminar aimed to help Haitian engineers gain knowledge of fundamental earthquake engineering principles for retrofit of damaged facilities and design of new construction. Seminar participants were shown how to conduct rapid building assessments using the U.S. standard, Applied Technology Council’s ATC-20 Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings.

The seminar is the first in a series that resulted from a Memorandum of Understanding signed by UniQ and MCEER, which also includes plans to develop longer-term educational programs on seismic design of buildings with a focus on adapted techniques for reconstruction, and promote academic exchange and cooperation over the next three years.

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