Steel Canada Limited (SCL), a leading firm in building technology, has offered newly invented Canadian building technology "Buckling Restrained Brace" (BRB) System that will protect buildings and bridges from high intensity earthquakes.
Presenting the new technology Abdul Malik, director, international marketing and sales, SCL, said that the BRB system has already been tested in Canada, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“The testing authorities have expressed confidence in the new technology. Now we’re trying to commercialise it,” he said while making his presentation on BRB System at a seminar titled, “Canbrace Earthquake Protection System for Building and Bridges” at Six Seasons Hotel in the city on Sunday.
SCL and Cosmos Group jointly organised the seminar.
Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Préfontaine, Professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Rakib Ahsan and Cosmos Group director Tehmina Enayet also addressed the seminar.
University of Ottawa, Department of Civil Engineering, has designed the BRB System and Earth Quake Engineering Department of the same university conducted the testing with a high degree of success.
This BRB System is a seismic retrofit technique that is intended to upgrade the existing RC or steel frame structures to protect from earthquakes.
The purpose of BRB is to avoid buckling of the supporting brace during a seismic event, speakers said at the seminar.
About Bangladesh-Canada bilateral trade, the Canadian High Commissioner said the bilateral business of the two nations is growing and many Canadian companies are visiting Bangladesh with keen interest to launch joint ventures in the country.
He said the bilateral businesses of the two countries have reached a new height of $3 billion.
Benoit Préfontaine said the new technology offered by the Canadian firm will be very effective for a big market like Bangladesh where there is an earthquake risk.
Prof Rakib Ehsan said the existing technology to control earthquake vibration is very costly while BRB technology is cost effective and affordable for a country like Bangladesh.
He explained different aspects of the new technology which was tested in Buet laboratory and said he is fully confident about its effectiveness.
Prof Rakib said the available technology to control earthquake vibration is conventional and traditionally designed. “But BRB technology is non-conventional and easy to install.”
He, however, said this technology’s success will depend on the design of the building.
SCL director Abdul Malik said his firm will try to export this technology to other countries of the region like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.
He said the test of BRB System in Canada and other countries found that it can absorb tremor having a magnitude up to 12 on the Richter scale. This new technology will also help create jobs for local manpower, he added.
Sun Basic Chemicals Limited has brought a new antibacterial detergent liquid named ‘Ray Liquid Detergent’ on Sunday.
Eleash Mridha, managing director, PRAN Group, launched the product at the company’s head office at Badda in the capital.
Customers will be able to buy one liter Ray liquid detergent at Tk 225.
SBCL will bring various sizes considering the demand and it will be available in superstores including Daily Shopping and Best Buy.
Eleash Mridha said, there is huge demand of standard toiletries products in local market.
“We’re manufacturing the products considering the customers demand using modern technology and global standard formulations,” he added.
Ruhul F Talukder, general manager, Sun Basic Chemicals Limited; Marufur Rahman, head of marketing, Ray Liquid Detergent; Nayan Chandra Roy, senior brand manager, among others, were also present at the program.
Sun Basic Chemicals Limited is now manufacturing Ray Detergent Powder, Livana branded Beauty Bar, Shampoo, Coconut Hair Oil, Swift Toilet Cleaner, Glitter Dish Wash, Glass Cleaner, Zoom Mosquito Coil and other toiletries products.
UCB Asset Management Limited, a subsidiary of United Commercial Bank Limited (UCB), was inaugurated Thursday at a city hotel.
As the chief guest of the function, young industrialist and Vice Chairman of Bangladesh Association of Banks Anisuzzaman Chowdhury inaugurated it.
He said UCB Asset Management Limited will play a vital role to fill the gap of professional wealth management service in the country.
Managing Director and CEO of UCB Mohammed Shawkat Jamil; Arif Quadri, Chairman of UCB Asset Management Limited and Shekh Mohammad Rashedul Hasan, CEO of UCB Asset Management Limited along with other senior officials were, among others, present at the inauguration ceremony.
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized a workshop titled as ‘Performance Evaluation and Strategies for Achieving Target’ at Islami Bank Tower in the capital on Wednesday.
Md. Mahbub ul Alam, managing director & CEO of the bank addressed the concluding session as chief guest.
Earlier, Mohammed Monirul Moula, additional managing director inaugurated the day long workshop and Mohammad Qaisar Ali, additional managing director conducted a session on ‘Broadening Outlook & Ability towards Excellence’.
Md. Mosharraf Hossain, senior executive vice president and head of rural development wing presided over the program while M. Zubayer Azam Helali, executive vice president addressed welcome speech.
Md. Mahbub Alam & Mohammed Shabbir, executive vice presidents and Md. Habibur Rahman, senior vice president also addressed the workshop.
Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited organized a workshop on ‘Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing' at Islami Bank Tower in the capital on Tuesday.
Md. Eskandar Miah, executive director and deputy head of BFIU of Bangladesh Bank was present in the inaugural ceremony of the workshop as chief guest.
Md. Mahbub ul Alam, managing director and CEO of the bank presided over the program.
Muhammad Qaisar Ali, additional managing director of the Bank addressed the workshop as special guest. Abu Reza Md. Yeahia, deputy managing director and CAMLCO addressed welcome speech while Dr. M. Kamal Uddin Jasim, D-CAMLCO thanked the guests.
Concerned executives and employees of the bank attended the workshop.