The effectiveness of the strengthening and retrofitting technology was proven when an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 Ms hit the region on 17 July 2009. Schools which were retrofitted previously using the technology were not damaged even though the epicentre was less than 50 miles away.
While the schools are being strengthened, a team of 10 faculty and graduate students from the College of Architecture and Environment at Sichuan University was selected to be master trainers. They, in turn, transferred their knowledge by teaching the construction techniques to more than 40 local masons. Eventually, another 120 masons in Sichuan will be taught these techniques of building more earthquake-resistant buildings.
Singapore's Vice-Consul (Commercial) to Chengdu, Ms Isabel Yeo, Temasek Foundation's Chief Executive Officer Benedict Cheong, NTU School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair, Associate Professor Edmond Lo LIFE Director Associate Professor Li Bing and Dean of Faculty of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Sichuan University, Professor Wang Qingyuan visited the two schools in Sichuan today. They toured the retrofitted schoolbuildings and saw the results of the programme.
"Temasek Foundation is pleased to support this programme to spread the knowledge of earthquake-resistant technology to quake-prone regions in China," says Mr Cheong. "We hope these retrofitted schools can be used as a model to showcase good earthquake-resistant construction practices, to help other local masons in Sichuan and the other provinces to apply these techniques to more buildings in their communities. This will hopefully mitigate
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Nanyang Technological University