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Rehabilitation of the Gumbasa irrigation system following the Palu earthquake

Event organised by Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

Date
27 September 2023
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Overview

The Gumbasa project saved the regional economy and local community in the aftermath of a major earthquake. The project meets the three pillars of sustainability by the adoption of performance based seismic design and using softer, lower carbon solutions to rehabilitate a major irrigation system. The engineering assessment of the main canal reconstruction or rehabilitation of the irrigation system aimed for ‘Building Back Better’ approach by encompassing resilience in our design.

The project won the Geotechnical Association’s Ground Engineering Sustainability Award in 2022. The judges said “This award demonstrates our commitment to embedding sustainability and social outcomes in every aspect of project delivery within earthquake engineering, where most approaches focus on safety over sustainability.”

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The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

SECED promotes the study and practice of earthquake and civil engineering dynamics, including blast, impact, and other vibration problems.

Speakers

Dr Barnali Ghosh CEng FICE

Dr Barnali Ghosh CEng FICE

Mott MacDonald

technical director

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Dr Barnali Ghosh CEng FICE

Barnali Ghosh has been nominated by the British Geotechnical Association for the John Mitchell Award, to recognise her major contributions to the practical aspects of geotechnical offshore and earthquake engineering.

She is currently a technical director at Mott MacDonald, where she leads a team of specialist geo seismic engineers - who carry out both regional and site specific geotechnical and seismic hazard assessments for a range of structures in the energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing sectors. During her long career, Dr Ghosh has acted as a seismic designer and reviewer for high-profile projects around the world. Of particular note is her sustainable solutions and performance-based design approaches for developing countries which have wide-ranging social outcomes for communities.

Dr Ghosh is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Cambridge University for Geo Seismic Engineering. She has also worked part time as an adviser for the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) UK, after being awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851.

She has been extensively published in international journals, is an invited speaker in many seismic conferences, and has recently contributed to ICE MOGE (Manual of Geotechnical Engineering). She was part of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) following the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and is part of several committees related to seismic engineering.

Dr Ghosh was the winner of the prestigious 2017 Shamsher Prakash Award for Excellence in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and a winner in the Top 50 Women in Engineering Award in UK (2020). Her pioneering work in propagating sustainable solutions and practical application of embodied carbon principles in rehabilitation of Gumbasa Irrigation Canal was recognised in the Ground Engineering Sustainability award in 2022.

She is also part of the network for inclusion of diversity and women in Mott MacDonald, and a role model and mentor for women engineers within the company. Recently, as panel member for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) diversity committee (Southeast), she is working with ICE Connect to increase the number of women Fellows within the association.

Peter Sharp

Peter Sharp

Mott MacDonald

technical director

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Peter Sharp

Peter is chartered geotechnical engineer with 30 years’ experience in the management and technical direction of ground engineering and civil engineering projects, including proposals, planning, design and implementation of both routine and state-of-the-art ground investigations and interpretation of findings for all types of infrastructure and buildings.

Peter has wide overseas experience of ground engineering projects within the Middle East, Europe, and South East Asia, including seismic analysis and design of earthworks and numerous piled and shallow footings and maritime structures in United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Papua New Guineas, and Australia.

For more information please contact:

Shelly Ann Russell