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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
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AOKI Takayoshi
(Graduate School of Design and Architecture, Nagoya City University)
Research Institutions in Japan Nagoya City University
Research Institutions in Bhutan Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Kingdom of Bhutan
General Description of the Research Project Aiming at reducing damages in Bhutan during earthquakes, this project is to present guidelines of seismic evaluation and retrofit for traditional buildings, and to present manuals for disaster mitigation education. Moreover, these guidelines and manuals will be utilized under supervision of the government. In particular in this project, we will develop methods for evaluation of seismic performance of buildings made in rammed earth and stone, which are verified by static and dynamic experiments in full-scale tests. Moreover, we will propose effective retrofit methods for both new and existing buildings, and present exemplary construction methods. Meanwhile, we will present seismic guidelines incorporating earthquake hazard evaluation. Furthermore, we will promulgate these guidelines through seminars for technicians and builders, and support effective management on earthquake hazard mitigation by publicizing evacuation action plans based on structural performance as well as regional risk evaluation. We will also support start-up companies as well as education programs leading to better seismic performance of traditional buildings. As an exemplary model to other developing countries in hazard mitigation, we will contribute to securing safety of people in regard to earthquake, which is taken into account in Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index.
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