Structure and Aim of SATREPS
SATREPS is a Japanese government program that promotes international joint research. The program is structured as a collaboration between the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), which provides competitive research funds for science and technology projects , and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development(AMED), which provides competitive research funds for medical research and development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) , which provides development assistance (ODA). Based on the needs of developing countries, the program aims to address global issues and lead to research outcomes of practical benefit to both local and global society. (quated from here)
Our joint research group proposed the following project for “Technical Development to Upgrade Structural Integrity of Buildings in Densely Populated Urban Areas and Its Strategic Implementation towards Resilient Cities in Bangladesh (TSUIB)” in the scope of SATREPS program and the TSUIB was adopted as a five year project during 2016 through 2021.
Why Bangladesh ?
Bangladesh is in significant economic development and cities like Dhaka have been densely populated during the last decade. It is located in potentially seismic zone but more than 100 years have passed since the last damaging earthquake in Dhaka.
The buildings before seismic design/retrofit are undoubtedly most vulnerable (as was demonstrated in Turkey, Taiwan, Pakistan, Indonesia, … and Japan) in terms of low strength concrete, poorly provided /detailed reinforcing bars, etc. To mitigate their earthquake damage, seismic evaluation and retrofit are needed.
JICA Technical Cooperation project CNCRP started in 2011 focusing on seismic evaluation and retrofit of buildings. From 2016, 2nd phase of CNCRP, named BSPP project started. SATREPS-TSUIB will strongly support these projects from the academic field.
To reduce structural vulnerability for buildings in Bangladesh.
To enhance urban safety against earthquake in Bangladesh.
To develop strategies for urban safety upgrading of Dhaka focusing on technical aspects and their implementation
New performance evaluation and retrofit schemes to avoid building collapse due to earthquake
New approach to efficiently and effectively implement the schemes developed above
4 Major topics/themes
To achieve the goals and purposes, major 4 topics have been identified as below.
Organizations & Relations