The 16th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering will be held at Department of Earthquake Engineering, IIT Roorkee from Dec.20-22, 2018. Fifteen Symposia of similar nature, held in the past since 1959 at an interval of four years, have made significant impact on the development and enhancement of Earthquake Engineering Education and Research. The 16th symposium assumes great significance as it will provide a platform to review the contributions and accomplishments of the Department in the field of Earthquake Engineering in the last fifty years and draw an agenda for future course of action keeping the national need in the forefront. Lately there has been a paradigm shift and more emphasizes is laid on disaster mitigation. The damage scenario due to recent earthquakes have once again highlighted the need to evolve appropriate strategies to enhance the knowledge on earthquake resistant construction and to ensure that the same is put to use by the end user.
Situated in the foot hills of the Himalaya, Roorkee is the gate way to pilgrimage places and caters of tourists attraction like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, etc. Roorkee is located on the Amritsar-Howrah main line of the Northern Railway and is well connected by train route and road to New Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and other places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. The nearest National and International airports are Dehradun and New Delhi, respectively. The trains like Shatabadi and Janshatabadi are good links to New Delhi. Weather is generally cold at Roorkee during December, with temperature ranging from 8 oC to 18 oC and heavy woolen clothes are advised.
The purpose of the symposium is to exchange professional experience and recent technological advances in Earthquake Engineering and allied fields. During last few years new policies at the national level have been debated and evolved, and limitations in providing relief measures during rescue operations have been realized. Lack of proper design to cater extreme events with long return period, poor quality of construction, inadequate administrative and legislative measures, problem of up-gradation of existing building stock, absence of appropriate mechanism for dissemination of technical know-how and awareness about earthquake resistant construction have formed the agenda of these debates. Appropriate plans and measures to be adopted at different administrative, technical and scientific levels have been devised by national bodies. This Symposium will provide a platform for researchers, professionals, planners and policy makers associated with Earthquake Engineering to share their views and opinions
Department of Earthquake Engineering, established in 1960 as School of Research and Training in Earthquake Engineering, remained the fountainhead of Earthquake Engineering Education in the country. The major functions of the Department include teaching, research, training and rendering advice in the field of earthquake engineering. The Department has been instrumental in nurturing four major fields of Earthquake Engineering namely, Structural Dynamics, Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology & Seismotectonics and Seismological Instrumentation. The multidisciplinary character makes this Department one of its kind in India and amongst a few in the world. Since its inception the Department has been organizing symposia, workshops, seminars, short term training programmes and special lectures for the purpose of disciminating scientific knowledge and technical know-how in Earthquake Engineering and allied fields.