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Post by: Dr. A.T.M.Shakhawat
23 Sep 2018

The first IAEG_BNG NATIONAL EVENT 2018 was held at Jahangirnagar University, on April , 2018. Several activities were organized. The event started on the 24th April, 2018 with events for the students, including “Geo-engineering Quiz Competition, documentary and video shows and a students’ rally on geo-engineering issues, highlighting the problems and issues of engineering geology and solutions for sustainable development of Bangladesh which was organized jointly by Bangladesh National Group of IAEG & “Young Engineering Geology Students’ Forum of Bangladesh_JU (YEGSFB-JU). Best participants of the Quiz Competition were awarded. Scientific session was mainly focused on the key issues related with “Geological Engineering, Geo-hazards & Development” of Bangladesh. The inaugural session had started with the welcome speech of IAEG_Bangladesh National Group President--Prof.Dr. A.T.M. Shakhawat Hossain. Vice Chancellor of Jahangirnagar University, Professor Dr. Farzana Islam, was present as the Chief Guest. The dean of the Faculty of “Mathematical and Physical Sciences”- Prof.Dr.Ajit Kumar Majumder, the Director General of the Geological Survey of Bangladesh--Dr.Reshad Md. Ekram Ali & Professor Dr. M. Qumrul Hassan, Professor of Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, were also present as special guests. More than 200 participants, including geoscientists from different National organizations, academics, engineers, policy makers and YEGSFB-JU attended this event at JU. Learned speakers from USA and Bangladesh presented their technical papers in three technical sessions and highlighted the current problems and solutions in geological engineering professional works, site investigations, climate resilient housing for sustainable development of Bangladesh, Climate change impacts at macro and micro levels, challenges and issues of sustainable water resource management of Bangladesh, 3D geological modeling and its importance for sustainable urban development, challenges and issues in managing landslide hazards of Bangladesh and importance of developing an early warning system for Bangladesh. Important construction issues on the construction of Rooppur Nuclear power plant and geotechnical issues on Land development and reclamation of Martarbari Ultra super critical coal fired power plant papers are presented. All the participants acknowledged the importance of geological engineering for future development of Bangladesh. Bangladesh National Group is also working for societal and sustainable development. IAEG_BNG and Department of Geological Sciences, Jahangirnagar University had the pleasure to welcome distinguished Professors from Japan including Prof. Dr. Taiichi Hayashi from Kyoto University, Prof. Toru Terao from Kagawa University, Dr. F. Fumie Murata from Kochi University and Dr. Y. Yusuke Yamane from Tokoha University Japan. IAEG_BNG would like to express sincere thanks to all visitors from Japan. IAEG_BNG National Group also organized two seminars on the 6th September & 26th Nov. 2018 at the Department of Geological Sciences, Jahangirnagar University. Mr.Newaz Khalis Ahmed, Consultant Geologist from Stantec Limited, Calgary Canada presented a talk and highlighted the importance of Geoscience Education and Carriers of Geoscientists in Canada for the future Young professionals of Bangladesh. On the 26th Nov. 2018 Civil Engineer Dr, S.I.Khan, Former UN Environmental Consultant presented an informative talk on poverty alleviation using geo-engineering.