Research Seminar:
Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System


Presenter: Anwar Zahid, PhD, PE, Principal Engineer, ARCADIS U.S., Inc, USA
Date and Time: 27 June 2011 (Monday), 5:15 - 6:15 pm
Location: Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Civil Engineering Building, BUET

About the Speaker: Dr Zahid is working as the designer of record (DOR) and project manager in many of these complex projects. He has been involved in these projects starting from the alternative study phase for cost proposal preparation, alternative selection and later developing plans and specifications. As many of these projects are currently in construction, he is now working directly with US ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS and international construction contractors. Dr. Zahid’s experience encompasses project management, designing complex hydraulic structures and foundations, transportation projects and forensic analysis. He has a solid expertise pertaining to civil / structural design because of the complexity of the projects he has been involved with and completed (estimated construction cost totaling more than $3.0 billion). Born in Bangladesh, Dr. Zahid has a BS and MS from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and a PhD in structural engineering and mechanics from North Carolina State University. He has several publications and has also co-authored a book chapter. He is registered as Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana; California; Florida; Texas.

Abstract: After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana, UNITED STATES ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS have taken the largest project in US Civil work history to build hurricane and storm damage risk reduction system. In order to achieve this goal; complex hydraulic structures ranging from floating steel gates, steel sector gates, vertical lift gates, closure gates, pump stations, concrete T‐walls , levees , bridges and complex foundations are being constructed now. Some of the projects discussed in this presentation are considered world’s largest in its category. This presentation will talk about the process of alternative selection, challenges during design and construction, innovative ECI construction method. In perspective of Bangladesh; how these project experiences can be implemented to mitigate the recurring cyclone and flooding problem of Bangladesh will also be discussed.






Research Seminar:
Modeling Driving Decisions with Latent Plans

Presenter: Dr. Charisma Choudhury, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, BUET
Date and Time: 23 February 2009 (Monday), 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Civil Engineering Building, BUET

About the Speaker: Dr. Charisma Choudhury has recently completed her doctoral studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focused on developing driving behavior models using advanced discrete choice modeling techniques. Driving behavior models developed as part of her research are being used in leading traffic simulators including AIMSUN, MITSIMLab, PARAMICS and VISSIM. She has also contributed in application of microscopic traffic simulators in Malaysian and Korean networks. She has recently joined the Department of Civil Engineering, BUET as an Assistant Professor. Prior to that, she has worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT, USA; an Analyst at RAND Europe, UK; and a Research Analyst at Cambridge Systematics, USA where she has worked on various transport and other consumer demand modeling projects.  In the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2009, she has been awarded Honorable Mention from the International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR) for her doctoral dissertation.  She was a Presidential Fellow at MIT and had received the Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability in 2005 and Malik Akram Hossain Gold Medal in 2002.

Abstract: Driving is a complex task that includes a series of interdependent decisions. In many situations, these decisions are based on a specific plan. The plan is however unobserved or latent and only the manifestations of the plan through actions are observed. Examples include selection of a target lane before execution of the lane change, choice of a merging tactic before execution of the merge. Change in circumstances (e.g. reaction of the neighboring drivers, delay in execution) can lead to updates to the initially chosen plan. These latent plans are ignored in the state-of-the-art driving behavior models. Use of these myopic models in the traffic simulators often lead to unrealistic traffic flow characteristics and incorrect representation of congestion. A discrete choice based modeling methodology has been formulated to address the effects of unobserved plans in the decisions of the drivers and hence overcome the deficiency of the existing driving behavior models and simulation tools. The methodology has been applied in developing driving behavior models for four traffic scenarios: freeway lane changing, freeway merging, urban intersection lane choice and urban arterial lane changing. In all applications, the models are first estimated with disaggregate trajectory data using the maximum likelihood technique and then validated within the microscopic traffic simulator MITSIMLab. Estimation and validation results show that the latent plan models have a significantly better performance compared to the ‘reduced form’ models where the latent plans are ignored.




ARC Conference:

An International Conference on “Road Safety in Developing Countries” was held on 22-24 August 2006 in BUET. This is the first International Conference on Road Safety in Bangladesh . Communication Minister of Bangladesh Government attended the inauguration ceremony of the seminar. Over 400 delegates of different national and international institutes and organizations attended there. 77 papers including 12 keynote speeches were presented in this seminar. 17 point Dhaka Declaration was proposed at the end of the seminar.

  • ARC will arrange Regional Workshop for professionals on Road Safety in Rajshahi on December 25, 2006
  • ARC will arrange Training Program for 500 cadets of different institutions on Road Safety in Rajshahi on December 26, 2006 .



Inaugaration Ceremony of BNUS:

The Bangladesh Network Office for Urban Safety (BNUS) was inaugurated by the honorable Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. A. M. M. Safiullah of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology on 6 December, 2006 , Wednesday at the 4 th floor of Civil Engineering Building , BUET, Dhaka . The chief guests were Prof. Taketo Uomoto and Prof. Kimiro Meguro of the University of Tokyo . The honorable Dean of Civil Engineering Faculty, Prof. Md Hossain Ali, and Head of the Civil Engineering Department Prof. Md. Mazharul Haque, were present in the occasion. Other respected teachers of the Civil Engineering Department were also present in the ceremony. The program has been conducted by the staffs of BNUS in direct supervision of Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor, Project Manager of BNUS. 

Honorable V. C. of BUET inaugurates BNUS with pleasure.
Honorable V. C. of BUET presents a gift to Dr. T. Uomoto




Contributions in Projects of National Importance :



  • Advisory support for the World Trade Centre, Chittagong
  • Design & drawing for foundation of 33 kV river crossing tower at Sonapur Point, Sylhet under REB
  • Consultancy services for Moulavi Bazar Gas Camp building: Defects detection and remedial measures
  • Checking of structural design for foundation & superstructure of Teesta Bridge
  • Checking of design of Comilla and Adamjee EPZ
  • Consultancy services for solid waste management and construction of landfill at Matuail







Faculty Members Holding Different Position at BUET :

Prof. Dr. A.M.M. Safiullah.
Vice-Chancellor, BUET.
Prof. Dr. Md. Hossain Ali.
Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering .
Prof. Dr. Md. Mazharul Hoque.
Project Director, Accident Research Centre.
Prof. Dr. Md. Mujibur Rahman.
Director, ITN.
Prof. Dr. Abdul Muqtadir.
Director, BRTC.
Prof. Dr. Abu Siddique.
Controller of Examinations.
Prof. Dr. A.B.M. Badrudzzaman.
Director, CERM.
Prof. Dr. Eqramul Hoque.
Provost, Suhrawardy Hall.
Prof. Dr. Sarwar Jahan Md. Yasin.
Provost, Shahid Smrity Hall.
Dr. Raquib Ahsan.
System Analyst, IICT, BUET.
Dr. A.F.M. Saiful Amin.
Assistant Provost, Nazrul Islam Hall.
Dr. Ashutosh Sutradhar.
Assistant Provost, Dr. M.A. Rashid Hall.
Dr. Syed Ishtiaq Ahmad.
Assistant Provost, Dr. M.A. Rashid Hall.
Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman.
Assistant Provost, Sher-e-Bangla Hall .






Joining at New Positions & Leave:

03/02/2007 : Mr. Tanvir Manzur joined as Assistant Professor.
26/11/2006 : Mr. M. Neaz Murshed and Mr. Mahbuboor Rahman Choudhury joined as Lecturers.
19/10/2006 : Dr. Ashutosh Sutradhar joined as Associate Professor.
22/08/2006 : Mr. Md. Al-Amin Siddique leave to University of Western Ontario , Canada for higher study.






ITN Training Program:


  • ITN-BUET organized two training program on “Water Safety Planning” from 12-14 September and 18-20 December, 2006. Over 50 mid to senior level professionals participate in this program.
  • ITN-BUET organized a training program on “Participatory Management of Water Supply and Sanitation” for professional engineers from 19 September – 1 August, 2006 .





Foreign Visits:


  • Dr. M. Feroze Ahmed Participated in the 2 nd South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-II) held in Islamabad , Pakistan during 21-21 September'06 as a member of Bangladesh Delegation and contributed towards formulation of “ISLAMABAD DECLARATION” as a representative of Bangladesh . He also visited Cambodia during 10-12 October'06 to participate in a Regional Workshop on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage and presented technical papers on (1) Household Treatment of Arsenic Contaminated Water and (2) Environmental Technology Verification for Arsenic Mitigation. He also delivered 3 lectures on (1) Bangladesh National Arsenic Data-base Management (2) Technologies for Arsenic Removal and (3) Bangladesh National Policy for Arsenic Mitigation in the Workshop on the Role of Environmental Technology Verification in Nepal during 30November – 1 December, 2006 .



Prof. M. Feroze Ahmed Speaking in a Workshop in Nepal

  • Dr. Farooque Ahmed attended Asian International Arsenic Workshop in Kolkata , India in November, 2006. (13-15). (MISEREOR- Germany).
  • Dr. Md. Mujibur Rahman visited Australia and the Philippines during 09-20 October, 2006, as a member of high profile government delegation along with similar delegations from India , Pakistan and the Philippines to participate in the International Study Tour to Learn Good Practices on Sanitation. The tour was supported by Water and Sanitation Program- South Asia, The World Bank.
  • Dr Ahsanul Kabir Visited Bangkok from 2 nd August to 9 th August 2006 and attended the tenth East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-10) held in Bangkok, Thailand during 3-5 Aug. 2006. In the conference, presented a paper titled “Simple Expressions for Moments and Deflection of Skew Slabs under Point Loads”.
  • Dr. M. Habibur Rahman attended as an invited speaker to the 8 th Symposium on Asian Academic Network for Environmental Safety and Waste Management (AANESWM), Chennai , India , December, 2006. He also attended as an expert member to the General Assembly Meeting of Global Water Partnership – South Asia and Round Table Conference, Colombo , Sri Lanka , November, 2006. He also attended the World Water Week in Stockholm , Sweden , August, 2006 to present a paper.
  • Dr. Md. Delwar Hossain attended Conference on SACOSAN-2 (South Asian Conference on Sanitation) in Islamabad , Pakistan in September, 2006.(19-23) .
  • Dr. Mehedi Ahmed Ansary has visited Switzerland , Japan , Thailand and Italy.
  • Dr. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini participated in the First Meeting on Seismic Hazard in Asia at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste , Italy during Dec.4-8, 2006. BUET (from Bangladesh ) will be involved in a ICTP network project on Seismic Hazard in Asia which includes other Asian countries such as India , Nepal , Pakistan , Vietnam and China . He has given responsibility for research work on Deterministic Seismic Hazard Assessment for Bangladesh (in collaboration with ICTP).
  • Dr. Md. Mafizur Rahman attended and presented a paper titled “Computer Modeling for the design of rainwater” at the IWA World Water Congress held in Beijing , China on 11 September, 2006 . He also attended the working session of the International Task Team (ITT) of Asia Water Cycle Initiative as a (scientist) representative from Bangladesh held in Bangkok on the 25 th September, 2006 . He also attended the capacity building workshop on Earth Observations in the Service of Water Management for the Asian Region held in Bangkok from 26 th – 28 th September, 2006. He also attended the International symposium on "Community Activities for the Conservation of Water Environment" on 6-8 December 2006 in Bangkok He also attended 8 th Asian Academic Network for Environmental Safety and Waste Management (AANESWM) December 10-13, 2006 , Chennai, India.
  • Dr. Md. Kabirul Islam and Dr. Raquib Ahsan attended International Conference on Civil Engineering Trend as Civil Engineering: Meeting the Challenges of Tomorrow (CEMCT-2006), November 24-24, 2006 at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College , Ludhiana , India .
  • Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor participated at a Symposium named “The Fifth International symposium on New Technologies for URBAN Safety of Mega Cities in Asia ” in Phuket , Thailand from 16 th to 18 th November, 2006 .
  • Mr. Tanvir Manzur attended and presented his paper titled “Displacement Based Fragility Curves for R.C.C. Frame Structures in Context of Dhaka, Bangladesh.” in the 6 th APSEC Conference, Sep 5-6, 2006 , Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia .



Inaugartion of first civil engineering design software "RCC Solution 2006" :



The students of the civil engineering department developed the first civil engineering design software titled "RCC Solution 2006". Under the supervision of Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engg. the students of this department initiated to develop such a user friendly structural design software from 2002. In comparison to the current available building design and analysis software the RCC Solution 2006 will be more economical to use for individual design engineers and students of this country.

Dr. Munaz Ahmed Noor supervised the development of this software by the students conducting their thesis and project course under his supervision. Among the students A.B.M. Abdullah, Md. Shahadat Hossain, H.M. Abdul Aziz (Shaon) and A.B.M. Rafikul Hoque (Sumon) were the major contributor in the development of the software. Apart from them Khaza Mohammad Waqar, Syed Jamal Uddin Ahmed, Mohammad Ashikur Rahman, Mohammad Sohel-Us-Samad, Mohammad Manjurul Islam, S K Mansur Ahmed and Mohammad Afjal Hossain contributed to the development of this software in various times.

RCC Solution 2006 is a user friendly software, it is aimed for the use of design engineers and students.




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Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.