Department of Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, (UET) Lahore conducted a one-day international seminar with the title of “Challenges in Design of Hydraulic Structures”. Engineers from academia and industry, a large number of students and researchers from Turkey, Nepal, Australia, the Philippines, and Pakistan participated in this seminar.

The seminar started with a recitation of the holy Quran and a welcome note by the Chairman civil engineering department Prof Dr Khalid Farooq. The chairman praised the efforts of Prof Dr Habib Ur Rehman, Dean Faculty of Civil Engineering, Prof Dr Noor Muhammad Khan, the head of the hydraulic and Irrigation Engineering Division and their team members Engr Usman Ali, Dr Muhammad Shahid and Engr Abdur Rehman for organizing this event which made the experts, professionals, and students in the field of hydraulics to exchange their views.

In his Inaugural address, the Vice-Chancellor of UET Lahore, Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar discussed the importance of hydraulic structures and the role of academia in addressing the need of the industry. The chief guest Engr Shahid Hameed, Advisor to Chairman WAPDA on hydroplaning, addressed the session and shared the challenges faced by WAPDA during the development of hydropower projects in past and appreciated the efforts of the Civil Engineering Department for improving the understanding of engineers in the field of hydraulic engineering.

In the technical session, Mr Eric Lesleighter a consulting engineer from Australia, Dr Ajoy Karki, Director Sanima Hydro Engineering Nepal, Engr Syed Abbas, Senior Engineer NESPAK Lahore Pakistan, Dr Kaleem Sarwar, Associate Professor, Center of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering (CEWRE) Lahore Pakistan, Engr Murat Sahin and Engr Onuralp Mescigil from DOLSAR Engineering Turkey shared their experiences and new innovations regarding the design, operations, and maintenance of Hydraulic Structures.

In the end, the Dean faculty of Civil Engineering, Chairman Civil Engineering Department, and Head of the Hydraulic Engg Division distributed souvenirs and certificates among the participants and organizers of the event.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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