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Over 100 Engineers Meet For Wind Testing Talks

The wind loading seminar was held at Holiday Inn Suva. It featured experts who provided an insight into the use of the wind standards referenced by Fiji Building Code, when designing climate-resilient structures.
22 Aug 2022 13:09
Over 100 Engineers Meet For Wind Testing Talks
From left : Roveen Permal, Fiji Institute of Engineers president, Vijay Krishnan, Korah Parackal , Geoffrey Boughton, Fiji Institute of Engineers vice poresident, Harmen Lodhia. Photo: SOSIVETA KOROBIAU

More than 140 local structural engineers gathered at the weekend to be discuss cheaper alternatives of wind standards in Fiji’s construction sector.

The engineers met in Suva at the weekend for a day-long discussion on Fiji’s building code, in the face of climate resilient structures.

The wind loading seminar was held at Holiday Inn Suva. It featured experts who provided an insight into the use of the wind standards referenced by Fiji Building Code, when designing climate-resilient structures.

 

Impending Impact Of Climate Change

Facilitating the workshop which was hosted by the Fiji Institute of Engineers, adjunct Associate Professor, Geoffrey Boughton, said the conference was a move to improve the standards of building in Fiji, in light of the impending impact of climate change.

“Fiji is in a cyclone-prone area; we want people’s buildings and houses to remain functional after cyclones,” Mr Boughton said.

He said Fiji should learn from lessons left behind by TC Winston, where rebuilding costs were exorbitant, given the intense level of destruction to houses, classrooms and health centres.

Fiji Institute of Engineers adjunct associate professor, Geoffrey Boughton, makes a point during a day-long seminar at Holiday Inn, Suva, which addressed measures to implement in cases of wind standards

Fiji Institute of Engineers adjunct associate professor, Geoffrey Boughton, makes a point during a day-long seminar at Holiday Inn, Suva, which addressed measures to implement in cases of wind standards

Re-Equip And Improve Infrastructure

The aim of the workshop at the weekend was to re-equip building and improve infrastructure specialising in wind testing standards.

The wind loading seminar was an opportunity for engineers to improve their knowledge and build capacity in keeping track with the ongoing change of climate patterns.

“The building industry needs to know what they’ve got to do to prevent buildings from losing roofs,” Mr Boughton said.

“We learnt from the problem that has occurred that even though buildings in Suva and Nadi didn’t experience the same wind speed, the performance of those buildings means they have to ensure that we strengthen the buildings.”

“As a matter of preparation, if a cyclone does strike, we are better off.”

 

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