Workshop on National Building Code held at NIT Ravangla

Ravangla, 03 Dec (IPR):

A workshop on National Building Code was organized by the Institution of Engineers (India), Sikkim State Centre in collaboration with National Institute of Technology, Sikkim at NIT campus Ravangla. The workshop was aimed to sensitize various stakeholders, including students and practicing engineers associated with the construction of buildings about the recent amendments made in National Building Code.

Prof. Somnath Ghosh [Jadavpur University, Kolkata], Prof. DK Baidya [Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur], Er. S. Arun Kumar [Scientist-D, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), New Delhi], Er. Ashok Chettri [Divisional Engineer, Buildings and Housing Department, Govt. of Sikkim] and Er. Guru Prasad Sharma & Er. Sajal Sarkar [Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, Majhitar] delivered their talks during the workshop. Dr. Anindya Biswas [Head, Department of Civil Engineering, NIT Sikkim] welcomed the participants in the programme.

Chairperson of the state centre and Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Sikkim, GP Upadhyaya chaired the programme. In his address, he explained the way the earthquake affects the stability of the building with special reference to Sikkim condition.

Prof. Ghosh discussed various parameters, including dynamic analysis, and ductility which have been included in revised Building Code. Four virtues, including good seismic configuration, stiffness, strength and ductility have also been given due importance in the recent BIS codes. In his address, Prof. Baidya, explained different challenges in Geo-technical Engineering. He also shared his experience about various consultancy projects and explained the ways and means to handles different hurdles in geotechnical engineering. Liquefaction potential, a very important aspect, is also dealt with care in recent BIS codes.

Er. S Arun Kumar, Scientist-D, BIS explained relevance of various codes revised recently. He explained how the revised codes will help to ensure safety and reduce difficulties in the compliance of the safety provisions while executing the construction projects. Er. Ashok Chhetri explained the checks and balances adopted by various departments to ensure safety of buildings. He also narrated various aspects of revised building codes followed during execution of recent important projects including new hospital building and new building of Secretariat in Gangtok. Er. Guru Prasad Sharma and Er. Sajal Sarkar explained general philosophy adopted in all seismic codes and methods to identify building structure showing distress and required retro-fitting.

The programme was attended by about 100 participants including engineers from Buildings and Housing Department and Human Resource and Development department, representatives from SMIT, ATTC and faculty members and students of NIT Sikkim.

The programme concluded with vote of thanks by the Prof. NS Chauhan, the organizing secretary of the workshop and honorary secretary of Sikkim State centre, The Institution of Engineers (India). He also informed the house the state centre is committed to organize similar programmes in future to deal engineering associated with the development of Sikkim.