Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes:
Iraqi Kurdistan Region is located at the NE boundary of the Arabian Nobian plate, though most of the earthquakes occur at that area, their effects reach to the other parts of Iraq, as observed in the last earthquake took place on 12 November, 2017.
The tectonic studies proved that the Kurdistan region is located on or close to the boundary of Arabian Nobian plate and Persian or Iranian one, the Arabian plate was subjected under the Iranian, due to convergent movement of the two plates, the movements are still going on, this proved by many evidences, among them the widening of the red sea graven, and other records done by distributed seismic station in the area.
This active movement of the plates will stress the strata beneath the surface of the earth, the reaction will occur by appearance of cracks and fault with displacements, in certain areas, causes deformations and vibrations known as earthquakes.
The activity of any earthquake was subdivided to Preshock, Shock, and aftershock, the first one is not possible to be predicted (some animals can feel it before few seconds), the strong shocks will be follow by many aftershocks as seen now a days in Kurdistan Region due to the last happened earthquake.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Disaster Management:
Disaster management technologies have seen remarkable breakthrough in recent years. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are designed to move quickly and easily, enables response team with substantial knowledge to plan for rescue operations without costing as much as manned flight operations.
Aerial views are helpful in large scale disaster area. UAV may be flown autonomously; they can access hard to reach areas to perform data gathering tasks that are otherwise unsafe or impossible for human. They are equipped with intelligent flight planning software that allows to easily creating flight paths that focus on specific area of interest, leading to organized and helpful search efforts.
UAV may be equipped with various sensor options that include visual, thermal, and multispectral. These sensors can be flown to conduct ground truth surveys, for example, is perfectly suited for detecting the heat of human body emits, which help to locate survivors in disaster area.
UAV data are used to create an exact 3D reconstruction of disaster zones, when they are compared with historical data, offers new perspectives of the extend of the damage.
Prof. Dr. Bayan Salim ALNu’man, Civil Engineering Department, Ishik University (Bio)
– Prof. Dr. Ahmet Öztaş, Head of IRO, Ishik University (Bio)
– Asst. Prof. Qubad Zeki, Head of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering, Ishik University (Bio)
– Asst. Prof. Dr. Srood Farooq Omar, Head of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Ishik University (Bio)
Date: February 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 am
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Last update: 18/02/2018
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Prof. Dr. Bayan Salim Al-Nu’man
Civil Engineering Dept., Ishik University
Bayan Salim Obaid Al-Nu'man is a professor of civil engineering in Ishik University since 2009. He received his PhD in structural engineering from Mustansiriya University/ Baghdad in 1996. He had started academic service in Iraqi universities since 1992, and received professorship in structural engineering in 2007.
Professor Bayan had supervised dozens of MSc and PhD students in various Iraqi universities. He is a co-author of a textbook "Corrosion Chemistry" Wiley Ed. Dec.2011, and an author of numerous published papers. Main fields of research are long term behavior of concrete structures, Durability of structures, behavior of synthetic and natural fiber reinforced concrete members, strengthening methods, ultra high strength concrete members and sustainability in construction.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Öztaş
Head of IRO, Ishik University
Ahmet Öztaş is the Director of International Relation Office of Ishik university in Erbil. He was the President of Ishik University from september 2012 to June 2017, prior to which he was the Dean of Engineering and Architecture Faculty at Epoka University in Tirana, Albania.
Ahmet’s background is in Mathematics and Civil Engineering. He graduated first from the Mathematics department of İnönü University in Malatya, Turkey and then from Civil Engineering Department of Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has a MSc. in Construction Management from Istanbul University and obtained his Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in Manchester, U.K. His PhD title was “The Mitigation of the Effects of Delays in Construction Projects – A Knowledge Based System Approach”.
He joined the Civil Engineering department at Gaziantep University in Gaziantep, Turkey as a Research Assistant and received a PhD. scholarship from the Turkish Higher Education Council (YOK). While he was lecturing in the Civil Engineering department, he was involved in administrative duties as well. He became the Director of the Kilis Vocational High School of Gaziantep University from 1999 to 2004. Apart from academic works, he was involved in implementing “Quality Assurance System (QAS)” in the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) plants as Concrete Quality Chief Inspector in the southeastern region of Turkey while working at the Turkish Ready-Mixed Concrete Association for 12 years. During this period he supervised 25 RMC plants in 9 cities to establish the QAS.
He was involved in a number of national and international projects as a researcher and project leader. Apart from other projects, he has also worked on the EUROCODE project as a visiting fellow researcher at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EU) in Italy from April 2006 to October 2007. Another research project involved as project leader is “Predicting the Compressive Strength and Slump of High Performance Concrete using Artificial Neural Networks”, TÜBİTAK.
He has published more than 50 journal and conference papers and supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students in Gaziantep and Epoka Universities. Prof. Öztaş has been a member of the GEDC since 2010.
Asst. Prof. Qubad Zeki Henari
Head of Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Department, Ishik University
Lecturing Engineering Surveying and Photogrammetry for under and post graduate students at Engineering College, and supervising two Master thesis, in addition of eight papers at University of Salahaddin-Erbil.
In the field of Surveying and Photogrammetry extends for a long period with different companies and organizations.