Consultancy

EPICentre has been involved in a number of consultancies across the globe. Due to the multi-disciplinary membership of EPICentre, we are able to assemble teams with the capacity to respond to complex needs from industry and NGOs for projects on multiple aspects of engineering, conservation and natural disasters.

Some recent examples are shown below.

Name of assignment: Preservation of Rubens’ Ceiling canvases of the Banqueting House on Whitehall, London
Year: 2017
Location: London, UK
Client: Historical Royal Palaces
Main Project Features: Structural analysis and technical assistance on preservation scheme
EPICentre Staff involved: Prof. Dina D’Ayala, Dr. Athanasios Pappas
Activities performed:
  • On-site investigation of structural condition of panels and their decorative coffering frames 
  • Finite Element Modelling of the panels and and frames
  • Structural assessment of the panels and frames
  • Proposal of preservation scheme
Name of assignment: Consulting Services for the Rapid Vulnerability Assessment and Prioritization for Seismic Risk Reduction of Infrastructures in the Province of Surigao Del Norte
Year: 2017
Location: Philippines
Client: The World Bank through AIRES Ingegneria
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Seismic Risk Assessment
EPICentre Staff involved: Dr Carmine Galasso, Mr Stelios Minas
Activities performed:
  • Rapid structural assessment of public buildings, roads and bridges for earthquake hazard
  • Simplified seismic loss calculation (economic and casualties) for selected public buildings
  • Prioritization of selected public buildings for reconstruction and strengthening
Name of assignment: Multi-Hazard Risk Reduction Options for Metro Manila Public School Buildings in support of the Department of Education
Year: 2018
Location: Philippines
Client: The World Bank through AIRES Ingegneria
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Seismic Risk Assessment
EPICentre Staff involved:
Dr Carmine Galasso, Prof Dina D’Ayala, Mr Stelios Minas, Mr Arash Nassirpour
Activities performed:
  • Rapid structural assessment of school buildings, roads and bridges for earthquake, flood, and wind hazard
  • Simplified seismic loss calculation (economic and casualties) for selected public buildings
  • Prioritization of selected school buildings for reconstruction and strengthening
Name of assignment: Building Urban Resilience to Disasters in the Kyrgyz Republic in support of the Kyrgyz Republic State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Communal Services (Gosstroi)
Year: 2016
Location: Kyrgyz Republic
Client: The World Bank through ICF International
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Seismic Design/Seismic Risk Assessment
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Tiziana Rossetto, Dr Carmine Galasso, Miss Enrica Verrucci, Mr Arash Nassirpour
Activities performed:
  • Review of the existing framework for incorporating disaster resilience in housing design and construction.
  • Capacity building and production of training curricula (Seismic Risk Assessment).
Name of assignment: Assessment of the Multi-Hazard Vulnerability of Priority Cultural Heritage Structures in the Philippines in support of the Department of Tourism
Year: 2016
Location: Philippines
Client: The World Bank through ARS Progetti
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Dina D’Ayala, Dr Carmine Galasso, Miss Valentina Putrino
Activities performed:
  • Detailed structural assessment of cultural heritage structures for earthquake, wind, and flood hazards.
  • Prioritization of vulnerable structures for reconstruction and strengthening.
  • Development of guidelines for multi-hazard vulnerability assessment.
  • Capacity building and production of training curricula (Multi-hazard Risk Assessment).
Name of assignment: Guidelines for Seismic Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation of Hospital and Medical Facilities in Nepal
Year: 2015
Location: UK
Client: UK Department for International Development
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Seismic Risk Assessment
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Dina D’Ayala, Dr Carmine Galasso, Miss Viviana Novelli, Mr Stelios Minas
Activities performed:
  • Review of methods to assess the seismic vulnerability of buildings, with particular reference to hospitals and medical facilities.
  • Review of retrofitting methods to reduce seismic vulnerability of buildings, with particular reference to hospitals and medical facilities.
  • Review of the non-structural considerations for seismically retrofitting hospitals, impact on hospital functionality, and hospital selection.
Name of assignment: Guidelines for Global Multi-Risk Analysis Database for Insurance Industry
Year: 2015
Location: UK
Client: Oasis LMF
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Dina D’Ayala, Prof Tiziana Rossetto, Dr Carmine Galasso, Dr Pierre Gehl
Activities performed:
  • Development of methods/models for multi-hazard exposure and vulnerability assessment.
  • Development of guidelines for multi-hazard exposure and vulnerability assessment.
Name of assignment:
MOVER – Multi-hazard  Open Vulnerability Platform for Evaluating Risk
Year: 2018
Location: UK
Client:
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UK Department for International Developments (DfID)
Main Project Features: The definition and effective use of risk-related data and methodologies
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Dina D’Ayala, Prof Tiziana Rossetto, Dr Carmine Galasso, Dr Pierre Gehl
Activities performed:
  • Promoting the reduction of the uncertainties that characterise the evaluation of DRM and disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies.
  • Promoting a the better understanding of physical and social vulnerability across single, multi-hazard and multiple hazards scenarios.
  • Developing an open multi-hazard vulnerability database that takes into account different assets (people, buildings and select critical infrastructure) and loss measures.
Name of assignment:
Waterproofing Cavity Walls to Allow Insulation in Exposed Areas
Year: 2017
Location: UK
Client:
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Main Project Features: Technical Assistance on Wind Driven Rain Resilience of Waterproofed Cavity Wall Constructions
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Dina D’Ayala, Dr Yasemin D Aktas, Dr Victoria Stephenson
Activities performed:
  • Bench-testing of various commercially available waterproofing products.
  • Full scale cavity wall testing under driven rain loading in As Designed Theoretical (ADT) and As Built, In Service (ABIS) conditions.
Name of assignment:
Geological Disposal: Methods for Management and Quantification of Uncertainty
Year: 2016
Location: UK
Client:
Radioactive Waste Management Ltd
Main Project Features: Development of UK geological storage facility for radioactive waste
EPICentre Staff involved:
Prof Richard Chandler
Activities performed:
  • Review of proposed approach to the treatment of uncertainty