Infrastructure-Museum Opening Ceremony
The Center for Infrastructure Asset Management Technology and Research, the Faculty of Engineering held the Infrastructure-Museum Opening Ceremony at the university auditorium on August 21, 2017. Approximately 220 engineers and researchers inside and outside Gifu University attended the ceremony. Gifu University has engaged in the research, "Implementation of Easy-to-Use SIP Maintenance and Management Technology through ME*1 Network (Gifu University SIP Implementation, for short) in "Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management," as one of "Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP)" by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. This newly established Infrastructure-Museum is funded and supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and private enterprises.
The major missions of the Infrastructure-Museum are as follows:
- Build structural models for engineers to study construction process of prestressed concrete (PC) bridge, steel bridge, tunnel and embankment, etc. to educate ME
- Use these models for ME training classes and infrastructure-management practical education program of the Graduate School of Engineering (started in AY 2017)
- Also use the models to examine the reviewing technologies developed under "Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management"
The structural models have every significant element of structural technologies developed from the 1950s to present to be used for infrastructure maintenance and management education.
The ceremony began with the opening speech by Professor Kazuhide Sawada, Director for the Center for Infrastructure Asset Management Technology and Research, which was followed by the speeches by President Hisataka Moriwaki and other guests of honor. Next, Professor Sawada gave a brief summary of the Infrastructure-Museum. Professor Minoru Kunieda of the center then introduced the companies supporting Gifu University SIP Implementation.
People later attended the unveiling ceremony and the facility tour. During the ceremony, the newly-erected nameplate was unveiled by the attendees including President Moriwaki, Professor Shuichi Nonomura, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Sawada and other guests of honor. After the ceremony, more than 220 people inspected various structural models installed within the museum.
ME*1: maintenance expert
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