Workshop on improving the resilience of infrastructure subjected to the typhoons

On May 12th, 2018, the Faculty of Bridge and Road Engineering, Da Nang University of Technology, Da Nang University in collaboration with the University of Industry of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Duc University and University of Nottingham (UK) Organizing a workshop on “Improving the resilience of infrastructure in storm conditions in Vietnam”. The workshop aims to create a forum for Vietnamese and UK scientists, engineers, and managers to discuss and find solutions to the challenge. This is also one of the important events under the project “Improving Resilience of Infrastructure subjected to the typhoon in Vietnam” sponsored by Royal British and Global Challenge Fund.

Attending the workshop, there was the presence of Dr. Joerg Franke – Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering Program (ME), Prof. John Owen and GS. David Hargreaves – Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham (UK), Assoc. Dao Dinh Nhan – Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, Ph.D. Vu Thanh Trung – Institute of Building Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Nguyen Ba Thuy – Center for Meteorology and Hydrography, Ph.D. Nguyen Binh Minh – Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; On the side of the Da Nang University of Technology and Science, the University of Da Nang was attended by Associate Prof. Dr. Le Thi Kim Oanh – Vice-Rector of the University together with more than 30 lecturers and students of Faculty of Civil Engineering.

The weather conditions in Vietnam are often affected by storms and winds, resulting in the damage, collapse of infrastructure such as houses, transmission systems, television tower causing hundreds of billion VND to repair or replace, to affect the communication system, power supply, even affect human life. At the workshop, experts and scientists at home and abroad participated in various presentations on simulation, storm analysis, storm velocity calculation, construction, electricity and wind energy, aerodynamics as well as probability models and risks of natural disasters and disaster resilience in the provinces and cities of Central Vietnam. Participants then discussed solutions to minimize the damage to the buildings in Vietnam’s stormy weather. Especially in the central provinces.

The workshop is the practical and meaningful activity, facilitating the sharing of scientific research among scientists and discussing ways to improve their ability to work together and find rehabilitation solutions of infrastructure is an important element of reducing wind damage caused storm. In addition, the successful organization of this workshop marked a milestone in the cooperation between Vietnam and the UK in this field, promoting cooperation, towards sustainable development, creating to make more changes in the future.