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Posted by Tasha Weiss on July 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM.
Libya’s first steel teaching sculpture was recently built at the University of Tripoli’s engineering building courtyard. Professors Mustafa Taghdi and Ezzedine Jaluta and a crew of their civil engineering students assembled the Sculpture in April. They were very enthusiastic about this new sculpture and ended up working until midnight to finish assembling it (click on the sketch to view a photo of the completed sculpture). Photo and description: Mustafa Taghdi
Mustafa Taghdi, a graduate of the University of Ottawa in Canada, always had his sights set on bringing an AISC Steel Sculpture to Libya and using it to teach his students about different steel structural shapes and connections.
He contacted AISC for their help, and although they weren’t able to provide him with the structure (given the distance between the two countries) they did provide several detailed drawings of their steel teaching sculpture and recommended that he contact a local steel fabricator, as well as sponsors and donors for the project. Senior engineer Ali Salem Bani in Tripoli was intrigued by the idea and agreed to support the project.
This project is one of the first of its kind in North Africa and the Middle East. Since the North American shapes used in the drawings supplied by the AISC were not available locally, they were replaced by equivalent European shapes that were.
After the welded pieces were fabricated, they were coated with two layers of anti-corrosion materials (galvanized then painted). The choice of color for the structure was influenced by educational considerations. “I chose the gray scale so that students can focus,” said Taghdi. “The colorful option would have distracted them.”
The goal of this educational project is to expand the horizons of students and provide a teaching tool for professors so that students can physically see the differences in steel structural shapes and connections. Click on the left PDF to view the sculpture exploded into its various parts.
Both staff and students were excited about this new teaching tool. Taghdi commented, “The fruits of this structure will be Libyan engineers who will soon build steel skyscrapers and
bridges that will contribute to the advancement of our country.”
Click on the right PDF to view the sculpture in its whole assembly.