Experts Undergo Training in Efforts to Streamline the Building Industry

A section of the participants keenly following presentations during the training

Building collapses have become a common trend in Kenya, following the high demand for housing leading unscrupulous developers to bypass construction regulations thus compromising the quality of buildings.

In an effort to curb this predicament, JKUAT’s Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET) conducted a three-day special training with a focus on Structural Health Monitoring (SMH), Hazard Monitoring and Ground Based Radar, November 14, 2022.

The hybrid training that attracted over 120 construction industry professionals also focused on energy structures like wind turbines, solar PV parks as well as hydropower systems.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension (RPE), Prof. Jackson Kwanza lauded IEET efforts in developing the competency of various professionals in collaboration with industry players and policymakers.

Prof. Jackson Kwanza giving his opening remarks

Acknowledging the relevance and timeliness of the training, Prof Kwanza said the building professionals should maintain high level of ethical standards to avoid the collapsing of buildings and bridges witnessed in the country.

Mr. Hans Ni, Director of Deqing Geospatial Information Town (DQGAST) of China, noted that they are working hand in hand with different countries in promoting the use of geodetic tools.

“In Africa, we have held various trainings in a number of countries with which we not only hope to develop the capacity of experts but also nurture networks of professionals,” reported Mr. Ni.

In his remarks, Dr. Craig Hancock, Reader, Geospatial Engineering at Loughborough University acknowledged that the training was timely and comes at a time when the world is actively looking for solutions to curb the current collapse of buildings and bridges as a result of climatic conditions such as strong winds and earthquakes.

“This training also comes at a time when the global energy industry is not only at the peak of the use of new generation technologies that are much more efficient, but also working on the complex market mechanisms that are rapidly increasing, replacing the old-world fossil fuel technologies,” added Dr. Hancock.

While appreciating the participants for taking part in the three-day training, Dr. Xavier Ochieng, a research fellow at IEET and one of the training instructors, appreciated the facilitators for the training saying that he is looking forward to more fruitful partnerships with them.

Dr. Ochieng urged the Government to look forward to having several Ground Based Radar systems in our country to aid in determining how healthy a structure is effectively reducing the rate at which buildings and bridges collapse.

While thanking the IEET department for organizing the training, Mr. Phillip Kamau a Masters student of Energy Technology at IEET and the Chief Technical Officer at Energy Questworks Ltd, said that it was a very insightful session.

“Being a professional in the energy space, the SHM was in particular important considering it provides a useful tool for ensuring integrity and safety, detecting the evolution of damage and estimating performance in the deterioration of structures,” said Mr. Kamau.

The training was conducted in collaboration with Loughborough University (UK) and Chengdu University of Technology (China) under support of the Association of Science and Technology Professionals, Deqing Geospatial Information Town (DQGAST) of China,

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