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Mon 9 Apr 2007 03:04 PM

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Dubai to discuss seismic hazards in the Gulf

This week's seminar will reassess previous studies that suggested high levels of danger.

A new method for assessing seismic hazards in the Gulf region will be presented in a seminar to be organised by Dubai Municipality this week.

The seminar, titled "Seismic Hazards in the Gulf" will be held on Wednesday 11 April at City Hall and is organised in association with Hyder Consulting.

Osama Al Safi, Head of Qualification and Building Studies Section at the Buildings Department of the Municipality, said the seminar would be addressed by Angus McFarlane and Grahame Bunce of Hyder Consulting Middle East Ltd.

He said several seismic hazard studies of the Arabian Gulf have been found to be contradictory, with seismic hazards in the Gulf States ranging widely.

Therefore a new seismic hazard assessment is to be presented in the seminar.

The new assessment "uses a simple and transparent procedure", according to WAM. It is built on "conservative assumptions" and could point to lower levels of danger than have previously been suggested.

He noted that the seminar would look into the current design standards in Dubai as well as the geotechnical hazard from earthquake-induced motion.

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