Builders, architects, engineers and educators in Bangladesh deepened their knowledge of designing and building plumbing systems under the instruction of Ifte Choudhury, Texas A&M associate professor of construction science, during a building systems workshop at the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology June 27 and 28, 2014.
Choudhury led a session examining site drainage, irrigation and methods and principles for building a plumbing system in structures unique to Bangladesh, which is enjoying healthy economic growth and a growing middle class.
The workshop also featured presentations about heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, electrical systems and building security.
Participants also took field trips to nearby structures to see examples of the principles discussed during the workshop.
The conference was hosted by the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology’s Department of Architecture in collaboration with Texas A&M’s College of Architecture and the Institution of Architects in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s first architectural education program was established at BUET more than 50 years ago by two Texas A&M College of Architecture faculty, Dik Voorman and James Walden, working under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Choudhury, who specializes in environmental control systems, rainwater harvesting, architectural design and project and construction management, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1994.
He earned a Ph.D. in Architecture in 1994 at Texas A&M, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of New Castle in Tyne, England, in 1976, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Bangladesh Engineering University in 1968.