The first local workshop on the ADRISEISMIC project

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On 23 December 2020, the Regional Development Agency Bačka (RDA Bačka) held the first online workshop within the project New Approaches for Seismic Improvement and Reconstruction of Adriatic and Ionian Historic Urban Centres - ADRISEISMIC, which is implemented in cooperation with seven other partner institutions from the Adrion region (Adriatic-Ionian).


The workshop was held with the support of a team of experts led by a consulting and engineering company specialised in building design, supervision and project management, ASMEC CONSULTANTS Ltd. from Belgrade, which has many years of experience related to earthquake engineering, which is the professional field of the Project.


The main objectives of this workshop were to inform the professional public in the Republic of Serbia about the main results of the Project, as well as to perform validation of certain activities that were developed within the so-called technical work packages.


Also, objectives of the workshop were to improve the level of interest of the professional public in the respective field, as well as to increase the number of engaged representatives of stakeholders in general. In this regard, a large number of relevant experts from the Republic of Serbia, namely representatives of the public, private and civil sectors, were invited to the workshop. Among the participants, there were representatives of the following institutions: Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Institute for Standardization of Serbia, Public Investment Management Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture in Niš, Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade, Serbian Association for Earthquake Engineering (SAEE), Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, Secondary Vocational Technical School 'Mileva Marić Ajnštajn' from Novi Sad, and many others.


Ivana Krsmanović, Director of RDA Bačka, addressed the audience at the opening, expressing satisfaction with the great interest of the professional public in the workshop, and briefly presenting the scope of work of RDA Bačka. She also mentioned that regardless of many years of experience that RDA Bačka employees had in the preparation and implementation of projects financed by numerous national and international donor institutions, this is the first Adrion project implemented by RDA Bačka.


Afterwards, M.Sc. Olga Đurić-Perić, Director of ASMEC CONSULTANTS Ltd. Belgrade, introduced the attendees to the ADRISEISMIC project and the upcoming activities within the Project. Željko Žugić, a representative of the Public Investment Management Office of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, provided an institutional support to the present experts. He briefly presented the scope of work of this institution and expressed readiness to make available all resources necessary for further Project implementation.


The opening speeches were followed by the presentation of individual technical work packages. The first one presented was called Review of approach for the assessment of seismic resistance and techniques for seismic reinforcement of cultural heritage sites in Serbia and the region. It was introduced by Dr. Svetlana Brzev, President of the Serbian Association for Earthquake Engineering (SAEE) and a professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.


The next topic, i.e. the next technical work package that was presented and discussed was named Technical regulations and incentives regarding seismic strengthening of cultural heritage sites in Serbia and the region. It was presented by Dr. Borko Bulajić, an associate professor at the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad.


Needs of educational programs regarding seismic strengthening of cultural heritage sites in Serbia and the region was the last technical work package presented at the workshop. It was introduced by Dr. Marko Marinković, an assistant professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade.


The workshop was interactive with many useful discussions, examples and suggestions by the participants. The general conclusion of all participants was that the presented topics were extremely important for our country and the region in general, and that they deserve much more attention and reaction of relevant institutions and the public than they had in the earlier period. Workshops of this type have been implemented in other countries of the project partners: Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia and Slovenia.


All current events related to the Project New Approaches for Seismic Improvement and Reconstruction of Adriatic and Ionian Historic Urban Centres – ADRISEISMIC, as well as the results of exchange and systematisation of knowledge and practice of project partners related to seismic risk management challenges in the Adriatic-Ionian region can be followed via social networks:


Adriseismic Twitter: https://twitter.com/adriseismic 
Adriseismic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Adriseismic/ 
Adriseismic LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/adriseismic 
Adriseismic YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR_1ZR60MNOylREXmxX_jAw


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