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CONJTRUCTIONJEMINAR(iROUPIn associationwithThe College of The BahamasThrough its office of Research, Planning&Development May 16-17, 2006Culinary&HospitalityManagementInstituteBahamasTourismTraining Centre The College of TheBahamasThompsonBoulevard Nassau, TheBahamas
CON.fTRUCTlONJEMINARIN1995,Engineer Hammond Rahming came up with the idea to try andinformcontractors, engineers and architects of the latest technology available in the construction industry. Being aware of the fact that thesmalland medium sized companies within the construction industry were disadvantaged in that they were not as aware of the latest technology availableinthe industry, Rahming decided that aseminarsetting was perhaps the best way to disseminate this information. Local and international experts were invited to presentontopics ranging from the behaviour of basic elementsinastructuretothe impact of hurricanesonbuildi gstructuresand lessons learnt. At the end of Construc ionSeminar'95, organizers decided that the event should take lace every two years. Because the focus of ConstructionSeminarinvolved more thanjustengineering, a ConstructionSeminarlanning committee was formed which included EngineersHammondRahming and Lelawattee Manoo Rahming, and Architects Michael Diggis and Henry Hepburn.TwoyearslaterConstr ctionSeminar'97 was held and its focus was "The Revisions to the Bahamas Building Code-the Impactondesigners, builders, developers and investors".Asthe government agency responsibleforThe Bahamas Building Code, The Ministry of Publicorksplayed amajorrole in this seminar. Because of the success of ConstructionSeminar'95, theseminarin1997 also attracted a largenumberof international presenters who helped theseminarto achieve theoriginalgoal of presenting cutting edge technologytothe local construction industry. This was augmentedbythe presentations from local experts within the fields of engineering, architecture and building. When ConstructionSeminar'97 closed, organizers decided that Construction Seminar needed to coalesce its forcessothat the planning ofseminarswouldbemore intensivetobettermeet the2::Construction Seminar GroupCSG
needs of participants. Withthatinmind, ConstructionSeminarGroup(CSG]was formed. Then,underthe leadership ofCSG,ConstructionSeminar'99 was expanded to includeanExpositionbylocal companies the first construction trade show tobeheldinThe Bahamas. Thethemeof ConstructionSeminar'99 was "TheBuiltEnvironmentinthe NewMillennium"and it opened with a paneldiscussion which addressed issues such as the effects the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas(FTAA)willhaveonprofessionals of the built environment. Leading this panel was the Bahamas Ambassador for Trade and Investment,Mr.James Smith. By addressing theFTAAissue during ConstructionSeminar'99,CSGdemonstrated its farsighted vision,inthat, as earlyas1998, they saw the importance of theimpactthatglobalisation hasonthe Bahamian society. Constructionseminars'95, '97 and '99 wereallsuccessfully subscribed tobyprofessionalsinthe industry. Buildingonthattrackrecord,CSGthen partnered with The Bahamas Home Show Exhibition and Trade Show to present ConstructionSeminar2001,underthe theme,Teo-development:MythorReality?" ConstructionSeminar2001attracted the participation of the Ministry of Tourism which has made ecotourism education one oftheirmandates.Seminarparticipants were once again provided withup-to-dateinformationonsustainable development pertinenttoeveryone involved in the construction and facilities management industries. True to its history of tackling topical issues,CSGpartnered with the Ministry of Housing, in December 2002,topresent a symposium which dealt with the very vexing problem of the high cost of building houses in The Bahamas and,inparticular, the issue of providing affordable, quality, low cost housing. The symposium,underthe theme, "Reducing the Cost of HousinginThe Bahamas", was broadcast liveonradio and television. A panel of nationally recognised pacesetters and leaders in the housing industry presented its views,afterwhichmembersof the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions and make comments. This symposium was the first of its kindinThe Bahamas to deal with issues surrounding the built environment.Seminar2006::3
OFB.4H.4HMisnowwell engaged .initsevolutiontobecoming a comprehensive university. A primary goalistocreate an institution that will fulfill its national mandatetoprovide educational opportunitiesinsupportofsustainable national development.Atthesametime, the UniversityofThe Bahamaswillseektocarve a nicheforitselfinthe international academybycreating programmesfora diverse, international studentbody,which drawonunique resources-among them an archipelago presenting a fascinating archeology, a largely unexplored biodiversity, especiallyinthe marine sphere and a significant and a mature tourism and hospitality industry.Wehave createdascentresofexcellence the Culinary&Hospitality Management Institute and the Marine and Environmental Studies Institute. Supporting thelatter facility are Bahamas Environmental Research Centreonthe islandofAndros and Gerace Research CentreonSan Salvador, bothofwhich are already well known among researchersinthe marine and environmental sciences and thefieldofarcheology. The College/ UniversityofThe Bahamasiscommittedtobeing a bridgeforthe exchangeofideas and opportunities among various sectorsofthe economy for the benefitofall partners.Inany country, there canbelittle that has a greater impactonthe qualityofsocial, cultural and economicdevelopment than the natural and built environments.Giventhe fragilityofan archipelagic environment and the fact that The Bahamas liesinthe hurricane belt,itisofgreat importance that Bahamians understand the impactofnatural phenomena, suchasstorms, upon development. The Collegeispleased to partner with Construction Seminar GroupCSGinfacilitating its timely,..'! '".4::ConstructionSeminarGroupCSG
The effectsofhurricanes and other natural phenomena have had a tremendous historical impactinshaping the economic. and cultural developmentofthe Bahamas. After many decadesofrelative calm, the extremely busy 2004 Hurricaneseasonand the record breaking2005Hurricane season jolted Bahamians into the reality thatweliveinthe Atlantic "hurricane belt" and that hurricanes are powerful forcesofnature. For contemporary Bahamians, the calamity causedbyhurricanes has moved from the realmoflore into the realmofreality.Manyofus today have never experienced the effectsofsuch powerful hurricanesasFrances,Jeanneand Wilma.Itdoes lead onetoask the question,isthere a correlation between global warming and the increased frequency and intensityofhurricanes? Increasingly, climate experts are expressing theviewthat thisisso.Aswe preparetoface the challengesofanother hurricane season,willwedoanything differently from what we have doneinthe past? Conventional wisdom indicates that crisisisa powerful motivatorforchange. Unfortunately, new studies are revealing that this may notbethe case.Indealing with hurricanes, which can cause major damagetolife,property and the environment, our first instinctistorepair the damageasquicklyaspossible and bring asenseof"normalcy"' backtoour lives.Dowe really learn the "lessons" from natural disasters that would improve the qualityofour existenceinharmony with nature? Construction Seminar Group(CSG]recognizes and insists that the effectsofnatural disasters shouldbeanalyzed and the results made available for useaspartofa national development tool. Construction Seminar Group[CSG)isoftheviewthatitisimperative thatweenhance our mechanisms (short, medium and long term)todeal with future occurrences and ultimately ensure that the relevant facts are woven into the fabricofnational development. The 2006 Hurricaneseasonisnear at hand.CSG,inassociation with The CollegeofThe Bahamas,seekstoprovide a forumtoaddress the lessons learnt from the lasttwoseasonsbybeginning a national discourse. This discoursewilltake the formofa seminar at which regional and local expertswillmake presentations.Wetherefore welcome your participationinConstruction Seminar2006:Lessons Learnt from the disastrous Hurricane Seasons 2004 and 2005.
6::Construction Seminar GroupCSGDAYONE:Wednesday,16thMAY,2006CONSTRUCTIONSEMINAR 2006"Lessons Learnt from the Disastrous Hurricane Season:2004-2005"Culinary&Hospitality Management Institute Bahamas Tourism Training CentreTheCollegeofTheBahamas Nassau,TheBahamasGENERALDISCUSSIONKEYNOTESPEAKERHerbert Saffir Codeveloper Saffir-SimpsonScaleRECEPTIONANDCOCKTAILSWELCOMEREMARKSDrRhondaChipman-Johnson, Acting President,COBREMARKSHon.Bradley B Roberts MinisterofWorksandUtilitiesMASTEROFCEREMONIESHenry Hepburn, Lecturer,COBREGISTRATIONINTRODUCTIONOFSPEAKERMrs Lelawattee RahmingTRADESHOWINTRODUCTIONOFMINISTERHenry Hepburn Member, Organising CommitteeOPENING/INTRODUCTION-COBandCSGCyprian Gibson, President,BSEAmos Ferguson, President,IBA4:30 -5:15p.m.5:15-6:00p.m.230-3:30p.m. 1:00-2:30p.m.2:00-7:00p.m.3:45 -4:15p.m.
DAYTWO:17thMAY20068:30-9:00a.m.REGISTRATION900-9:10a.m.INTRODUCTIONHammond Rahming Member, Organising Committee9:10-10:10a.m.HURRICANEDAMAGEASSESSMENTTonyGibbs10:10-11:20a.m.ARCHITECTUREANDSTRUCTURESAmos Ferguson Architecture NickDeanStructures11:20-11:30a.m.COFFEEBREAK11:30-12:30p.m.DESIGNANDCONSTRUCTIONOFBUILDINGSINHIGHWINDSREGIONSGaryWilliams12:30-1:30p.m.COASTALENGINEERINGDrDavidSmith 1:30-2:30p.m.LUNCH2:30-2:40p.m.PANELINTRODUCTORYCOMMENTSMichael Diggiss Member, Organising Committee Representativesofthe following agencies: National Emergency Management Agency[NEMA)Bahamas Electricity Corporation[BEC)Bahamas Telephone Company[BTC)Water&Sewerage Corporation Insurance Company2:40-4:15p.m.4:15-5:30pmPANELDISCUSSIONMichael DiggissDISCUSSION&RECOMMENDATIONSFORTHEWAYFORWARDHammond RahmingSeminar2006::7
HERBERTI.14FFIRBorn29March 1917 inNewYork City,HerbertSaffiris anAmericanEngineer.HegraduatedfromGeorgiaInstituteof Technology in 1940witha B.S. in civil engineering.Hecame towhatwas then Dade County, Florida in 1947 tobeassistant countyengineer.Saffirset up his ownconsultingfirmin Coral Gables, Florida in 1959. In 1969, the UnitedNationscommissioneda study ofwindstormdamageonlow-costhousing, leading Saffir to develop a scale tomeasurehurricanes.Robert Simpson,then-directorof theNationalHurricaneCenter, addedinthe damage donebystormsurge, resulting in theSaffir-SimpsonHurricaneScale In 1973 he was thewinnerof the AwardforOutstanding Service to the Engineering Profession,bythe Florida Engineering Society, aswellas the 1988 GovernorA.w.Gilchrist Award, presentedannually to amemberoftheengineering profession who exemplifies thespiritof public servicethatbettershumankind,therefore, bringinghonorto the engineering profes sion. Alittleinterestinginformation...At the age of17,HerbertSaffirwasworkingas acrewmemberof theill-fatedSSMorroCastle when it caught fireonSeptember8,1934 intransitfromHavana, Cuba toNewYork City. The ship sank and many people died.Hemanaged to stay afloatforsevenhoursin rough seas before being rescuedbythe Coast Guard.8::Construction Seminar GroupC5GHis presentation in TheBahamaswillcover'short-rangeandlong-rangeplanningformitigation againsthurricanedisasters'.Short-rangeinvolvesbuilding inspections andretrofittingandlong-rangecallsfora review ofcurrentstandards and codes andstrengtheningthe codesifneces sary.Asof2006,Saffirmaintainsan engineering office in Coral Gables.DE4NAttheage of28,NickDean became one of the youngestBahamianstoberecognized as a licensed Professional EngineerfromaU,S,State Board. A 1989 graduate of St. Augustine's College in Nassau,Nickwentonto receivehisBachelor's degree in Civil EngineeringfromMcMasterUniversity inHamilton,Ontario, Canada, Fascinatedbybuildingsand bridges since childhood,Nicksaysthatatremendousamountofself-disciplinewas key to his aca demicaccomplishments,InFebruary of 2000,Nickpartneredwiththree young Bahamian engineers toformamulti-disciplinaryengineeringfirmcalled"IntegratedBuildingServices". IBS offers design andconsultingservices in several disciplines of engineering includingStructural,Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Environmental Engineering making it unique in therealmof Bahamian engineeringFirms,Nickis a licensedengineerinthe States of Georgia and Florida, a
recognizedProfessionalEngineerintheCommonwealthoftheBahamasand amemberofnumerousinternationalprofessionalorganizationsandinstitutionsincludingtheBahamasSociety ofEngineersandtheAmericanSociety of Civil Engineers.(;IBOITony Gibbs is acivilengineerspecializing instructuresandpractisingmainlyintheCaribbean.Hedid hisundergraduatestudiesat The Queen'sUniversityofBelfastand hewasaCommonwealthScholarat TheUniversityof Leeds. HisengineeringcareerincludedassignmentswithNorman&Dawbarnat the UWIcampus in StAugustine;OveArup&PartnersinLondonand CaribbeanConstructionCompanyinJamaica.He isnowaConsultanttoConsultingEngineersPartnershipLtdwithactive offices infourEastern Caribbeanislands.He is PastPresidentof TheBarbadosAssociationofProfessionalEngineers;Past VicePresidentof TheInstitutionofStructuralEngineers(UK);Fellowof TheInstitutionof CivilEngineers[UK);Fellowof TheAmericanSociety of CivilEngineersandFellowoftheAssociationofProfessionalEngineersofTrinidad&Tobago.MrGibbs has acted asAssociateProjectManagerfortheCaribbeanUniformBuildingCode;Chairmanof theBarbadosMetricationBoard; DeputyChairmanof theBarbadosNationalCouncilforScience&Technology;ChairmanoftheBarbadosBuildingStandardsAuthorityAdvisoryCommitteeandDirectoroftheAmericanAssociationforWindEngineering.HeiscurrentlyaMemberoftheGeneralAssemblyofTheInternationalAssociationforWindEngineering[IAWE);Memberof TheInternationalCodificationForumoftheIAWE;ChairmanoftheCaribbean Division of TheInstitutionofStructuralEngineersandSecretaryGeneraloftheCouncilof CaribbeanEngineeringOrganisations.HewasamemberoftheJointBoard ofModerators[UK) 1995teamassessingtheUWI BSc CivilEngineeringdegreeprogramme.MrGibbs'specialinterestsare in thefieldsofreinforcedandpre-stressedconcrete;thinshellandfolded-platestructures;collaborativedesign inmulti-disciplinaryteamsanddesigningagainstthenaturalhazardsofhurricanesandearthquakes.He isparticularlyinterestedintheinterrelationshipbetweenengineeringandinsurance.Hehas devotedmuchof histimetotheparticularproblemsrelatedtothestructuraldesignofhospitalsin areassubjecttohurricanesandearthquakes.In1991he receivedtheInternationalAward"For(his) VerySignificantContributionstoHurricaneLoss Reduction andHurricaneSafety intheCaribbean"at the USNationalHurricaneConference; and anaward"In Recognition of [his)Contributionto theAdvancementandPromotionofStructuralEngineeringintheCaribbean"fromTheBarbadosAssociationSeminar2006::9
of Professional Engineers.In1998 he received the award of"Careerof ExcellenceinEngineering"fromthe Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad & Tobago.In2003MrGibbs received the Lewis Kent Award from The Institution ofStructuralEngineers [UK]forservices to engineering and to The Institution.DR4.IMITHPh.D., P.Eng.DrSmith has over25years experience in the field of Coastal Engineering. During thistimehelectured in CivilEngineering/Hydraulics and Fluidmechanics at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Following that,heled the Coastal EngineeringDepartmentof a leading Canadian Ports and Marine consultingcompany. Duringthattime, heworkedon anumberof coastal related projects inNorthAmerica, Africa and the Far East. From 1991-1995hewas the Project Coordinator for the South and West Coast Coastal Conservation Project in Barbados.Inthat role, he coordinated the activities of amulti-disciplinary10::ConstructionSeminarGroupCSGteam of professionals, whosedisciplines rangedfrommarineecol ogythroughcoastal processes and oceanography, to land use issues. That study identified the linkages betweenterrestrialactions/uses and themarineenvironment, and defined the keyparametersfor the tracking of changeswithinthe coastal zone. Finally, the studyresultswere putwithintheframeworkof a CZMP,withthe use ofGISas a tool to aid themanagementof coastal resources. Since 1995,Dr.Smith has been Managing Director of Smith WarnerInternationalLtd.Inthis role,hehas been responsibleforthe undertaking of anumberof coastal, oceanographic, haz ardmitigation/managementandmarineenvironmental projects.Underhis stewardship,SWIhas garnered a reputationthroughoutthe Caribbeanforthe high calibre of its personnel, the professional ism and the technical excellence of its work, and its strong Caribbean focus.
-----------------------.lPONIORlGoldTIMBER SYSTEMSSilverBEC lOBCSIMetalDekBronzeTheEngineeringGroup ParadiseBlueWatersLimitedHenryA.HepburnAssociatesArchitects-PlannersJacksonBurnsideLtdMinistryofTourismBahamasSociety ofEngineersGeorgeV.Cox&CompanyLtdBrokellConstructionWatsonConstructionMIEMBIERILelawatteeManoo-RahmingConstructionSeminarGroupHammondRahmingConstructionSeminarGroupMichaelDiggissConstructionSeminarGroupHenryHepburnCSG/The College of TheBahamasDrPandoraJohnsonVP,Research,PlanningandDevelopmentThe College of TheBahamasAproduc.llon01theollice olinshtullonalAdvancementTMCollegeofTheBahamasSeminar2006::11