ISET, the Indian Society of Earthquake Technology was established in 1962. To involve everyone (engineers and scientists as well) interested in mitigating earthquakes, in the society’s activities, the Society has adopted in its name the neutral word ‘Technology’, instead of Engineering or Science. It is a platform for engineers, geologists and seismologists to collaboratively work on problems related to earthquake disaster mitigation and has over the years pioneered significant research and application findings in the field of Earthquake Technology. The founding President of ISET, Late Prof. Jai Krishna brought out the first Indian Seismic Design Code. ISET is a founding member of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) and represents India on world fora dealing with various aspects of earthquake engineering. A number of ISET members have served on the Executive Committee of the IAEE. Since 1962, the committee responsible for formulation of various Indian Standard Codes of Practice related to Earthquake Engineering was led by ISET members. An overview of the Earthquake Risk Reduction activities in India was presented during the Fifteenth Mallet-Milne Lecture available here
ISET members have contributed significantly towards seismic risk reduction within India and the world in general. Prof. Jai Krishna (late), the 5th president of IAEE and the founding president of ISET was recognized posthumously as a ‘Legend of Earthquake Engineering’ during the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering. He was instrumental in the publication of the first Indian national seismic code in 1962. Subsequently, ISET members have played significant role in bringing out the revisions of the national seismic code and associated guidelines. Prof. A.S.Arya (late), a former director (1977-84) of IAEE and the organising secretary of 6WCEE was a recipient of the United Nations Sasakawa Disaster Prevention Award of 1997. He contributed significantly to the IAEE Guidelines for Earthquake Resistant Non-Engineered Construction published in 1986, the first of its kind. Many ISET members have held responsible positions in IAEE and contributed to the cause of global seismic risk reduction. Prof. Sudhir K. Jain, the Immediate Past President of IAEE, is an ISET member.
Prof. Sudhir K. Jain
Immediate Past President, IAEE
The National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE – established 1999) at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur handles resources on earthquake engineering making these available to interested users, and undertakes regular outreach activities with a view to mitigate earthquake disaster.
NICEE has contributed immensely for the improvement in quality of earthquake resistant design and construction. NICEE has taken up the task of digitizing and hosting the WCEE proceedings for the benefit of every one.
Department of Earthquake Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee) was established in 1960 as School of Research and Training in Earthquake Engineering. Four major areas of earthquake engineering viz., Structural Dynamics, Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology and Seismotectonics, and Instrumentation have been nurtured for the last fifty years.
The department provides Master’s degree in three specializations namely, Structural Dynamics, Soil Dynamics, and Seismic Vulnerability and risk Assessment. The major functions of the Department include teaching and research, and rendering expert advice to various organizations in the area of earthquake resistant design of structures and systems, such as dams, bridges, power plants, etc. The Department has played a key role at the national level in the formulation Indian Standard Codes of Practice for earthquake resistant design of Structures.
Several major facilities have been developed in the Department to conduct experiments related to earthquake engineering. Some of the major facilities include: a low cost railway wagon shock table for dynamic testing of structural models, a computer controlled shake table to stimulate strong ground motion, a quasi static testing laboratory having servo-controlled dynamic actuator systems and servo-controlled compression testing machine, a soil dynamics laboratory equipped with liquefaction table and cyclic triaxial testing system, a seismological observatory having state of the art broadband seismograph to record earthquake ground motion, a strong motion network of 300 digital accelerographs deployed in the Himalayan region to measure strong ground motion due to moderate and major earthquakes and a state-of-the-art 12-station telemetered network to monitor local seismicity in the environs of Tehri Dam.
The 6th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering held in New Delhi from 10-14 January, 1977 was organised by ISET, with Prof. Jai Krishna, the founding President of ISET as the organising chairman. The then Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and President of India, Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, and all the Government functionaries have shown tremendous support for organising the 6th WCEE in New Delhi. Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad, the then President, has inaugurated the conference and released a commemorative stamp and the souvenir volume, during the inaugural ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan. The conference was a huge success. Such was the success that Prof. Jai Krishna was elected as the new President of IAEE during the General Assembly held during the conference and declared as the President for the term 1977-1980, during the closing ceremony of 6th WCEE.
6WCEE Inauguration Ceremony
Group Photograph with PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi
Photograph with President Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad
6WCEE Lecture hall with Attendees
“… by the time of the fourth or fifth world conference, the people at Roorkee felt strong enough and resourceful enough that they could host the world conference in Delhi. So that they did, and they did a beautiful job.”
The 6th president of IAEE
“His first attendance at a WCEE meeting was in New Delhi in 1977. It was a memorable experience meeting so many of the eminent earthquake engineers from all over the world. For the next 40 years, he attended nearly every WCEE.”
Emeritus Professor, University of Texas at Austin.
Seismic activity in India spatially varied and complex with various tectonic provinces of different characteristics.
Seismic risk factors – population density and poor construction quality Earthquake preparedness not a part of the public consciousness.
Disaster Management Act 2005 enacted by Central Government. Provides institutional mechanism for responding to disasters including earthquake.
The need: to raise awareness and to empower local bodies to take needful actions in accordance with the seismic vulnerability of respective regions.
Hosting WCEE in India
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