Posts by Naveed

A few months ago, I went to for my (supposedly) annual medical checkup, which I had managed to skip a year earlier, and just to be on the safer side this year, opted for all the tests on list. While going through the test routine, I noticed, that no matter what the doctors were intending to check, be it my eyes, my lungs, or even my teeth, the medical staff will have me do a blood pressure, and a heartbeat rate measurement, to check for the vital signs, and only then the doctor will examine. And it seemed that the…

Sharing this exclusive interview from LinkedIn An event that will be introducing modern vertical design in high rise buildings while maintaining the heritage feel and local community values, Marcus Evans 6th Annual Vertical Cities is definitely a must attend event in Dubai this March. Don’t miss the Dr Naveed Anwar presenting on ensuring safety and higher performance of tall buildings for rare and strong earthquakes. In conjunction to the event, Dr Naveed who is a CEO/Executive Director Solutions at Asian Institute of Technology at Thailand shared his thoughts on challenges faced in the ASEAN region as well as mitigate risks…

While teaching my graduate students in the Advanced Concrete Structures class, last year, I asked them, “How many of you know what a moment-curvature curve is, and what it can be used for?” Just one out of forty students raised hand. Considering that these students had already obtained the bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from good universities, and were therefore, qualified professionals, I expected that most of them would be aware of it. I thought maybe they are shy or not comfortable raising hands; I then asked the same question individually to each one of them. This time, just two…

Sharing this article posted in Bangkok Post on 10 January 2017. The story raises the question “How worried should Bangkokians be about a major earthquake?” and seeks answers from AIT experts. The interviews were conducted at the AIT seminar “Design Of Tall Buildings: Trends And Advancements For Structural Performances” held in Bangkok.   Read more: http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/social-and-lifestyle/1177509/quaking-with-anticipation

Structural Cross-sections: Analysis and Design The cross-sections of structural members and their properties are a basic component in almost all aspects of analysis and design of structures. In fact, the primary objective of an efficient design process is to proportion the cross-sections of all structural elements to safely resist the applied load effects and actions. The cross-sectional properties are required a priori to even start the modeling and analysis process for a structure, to prepare initial cost estimates, and even to refine the basic space planning and utilization schemes. Is it then reasonable to conclude that the understanding of cross-sectional behavior of…

Ideas are the seeds of inventiveness, sparking the curiosity and the fire to explore solutions and to think outside the box. An inquisitive mind and a selfless spirit is needed to spend countless time testing ideas and theories with little to no direct monetary gain as the immediate end. Which is why many universities are in the forefront of leading many innovations; academic institutions are home to talented young minds eager to express and realize their ideas, with no pre-defined conceptions and limits, working to bring them to life for the betterment of life. What drives innovation amongst students and…

The provision for housing is identified as one of the basic right of the people by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 25 as early as 1948, at par with the need for food, clothing, and medical care. This is clearly something that has been recognized long time ago, but now after more than 65 years from that declaration, we are still struggling to fulfill this basic human right that is supposed to be guaranteed to everyone. If anything, this need is less fulfilled than it was when the declaration was made, and the crisis is getting worse! This…

Last week, Thailand experienced a 6.0+ magnitude earthquake. The earthquake was located near Chiang Rai, the northern part of the country straddling Myanmar and Laos, and is definitively one of the largest to have occurred with its epicenter located within the Thailand boundaries. This was a big and (literally!) shocking news. It was everywhere, on TV, the papers, and on social media. The news became part of the greeting for a while, going something like “Sawasdee khrap (or kha, depending on the gender)” followed by “Hey, did you feel the earthquake?” But now, this major event, which thankfully did not become…