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UNESCO Chair in DRR-RE organises regular seminar and training on the topics related to the resilient school infrastructure. Below you can find details on previous and upcoming courses and seminars.

School Infrastrcuture

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Upcoming webinars/courses:

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Trainer

Multi-hazard and Risk-informed System for Enhanced Local and Regional Disaster Risk Management

March 7, 2024

Dr. Abdelghani Meslem

Past webinars/courses and recordings

Global symposium on recent advancements and the way forward in confined masonry construction

Date: 8 - 9 February 2024

Trainers: Svetlana Brzev, Vaibhav Singhal, Juan José Pérez-Gavilán, Erwin Lim, Ulugbek Begaliev, Mahdi Eghbali, Daniel Quiun, Marcos Chávez, Ahsana Parammal Vatteri, Sergio Alcocer, Sofia Andrade, Tim Hart, Sebastian Kaminski, Anna Pavan

This workshop is to facilitate knowledge exchange between countries with ample experience of confined masonry practice, and countries where this technology is currently being promoted and the development of the design codes is in progress or has not yet started.

Video Recordings:

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From post-earthquake forensics investigations to recovery-based design

Date: 19 Jan 2024

Trainers: Francisco Galvis, Ruchika Kaur, David Ojala and Julie Pietrzak

This seminar presents case studies demonstrating how one firm is putting recovery-based design concepts into action, leveraging diverse experiences from its forensic engineering practice.

Video Recordings:

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SimCenter: A computational framework to simulate the impacts of natural hazards

Date: 16 Nov 2023

Trainers: Sang-ri Yi and Jinyan Zhao

This webinar will introduce ‘SimCenter: cyberinfrastructure framework’, which provides easy access to various advanced modeling/analysis techniques required to simulate the impact of natural hazards (earthquake, hurricane, storm surge, and tsunami).

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The role of engineers in accelerating implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience

Date: 30 Oct 2023

Trainers: Savina Carluccio, George Karagiannis, Daniel Stevens, Prof. Kapil Gupta, Bram Evers, Anna Morley and Sólveig Thorvaldsdóttir

This webinar explores the significance of the recommendations from the Sendai Framework Mid-term Review for engineers, led by the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI).

Video Recordings:

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Experience and Lessons on Seismic Retrofitting of Masonry Buildings in Nepal

Date: 21 Sep 2023

Trainers: Ramesh Guragain

This talk focuses on sharing experiences and lessons on seismic retrofitting of masonry buildings in Nepal. Successes and challenges in raising awareness, capacity building, financial mobilization, and institutionalization of the concept are main areas of discussion.

Video Recordings:

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The example of Kahramanmaraş, Turkiye earthquakes in the management of post-disaster relief, recovery and reconstruction experience

Date: 13 July 2023

Trainers: Yasemin Didem Aktas, Cassidy Johnson, Ali Tolga Özden

In this two-days webinar organized by the UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, we will discuss the structural resilience of Reinforced Concrete (RC) and Unreinforced Masonry (URM) buildings. We will focus on retrofitting design and good practice examples across different countries.

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Earthquake Performance of School Buildings in Indonesia

Date: 22 June 2023

Trainers: Yunita Idris, Ella Meilianda, Adrian Ulza

In this two-days webinar organized by the UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, we will discuss the structural resilience of Reinforced Concrete (RC) and Unreinforced Masonry (URM) buildings. We will focus on retrofitting design and good practice examples across different countries.

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Structural Resilience of RC and Masonry Buildings

Date: 04 - 05 May 2023

Trainers: Rafael Fernández, Rohit Adhikari

In this two-days webinar organized by the UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, we will discuss the structural resilience of Reinforced Concrete (RC) and Unreinforced Masonry (URM) buildings. We will focus on retrofitting design and good practice examples across different countries.

Video Recordings

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Seismic Losses Scenarios using SELENA

Date: 23-24 March 2023

Trainers: Sergio Molina, Abdelghani Meslem

In this webinar organized by the UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, the presenters will introduce the SELENA (Seismic Loss Estimation using a Logic Tree Aprroach) software tools along with example applications and hands-on exercise.

Video Recordings:

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System Resilience: Application of Bayesian Networks for Decision-making in Civil Eng. problems

Date: 9-10 March 2023

Trainers: Ahsana Parammal Vatteri, Ji-Eun Byun, Pierre Gehl

In this two-days webinar organized by the UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, the presenters discuss about the application of Bayesian networks for civil engineering problems, for the assessment of system resilience under natural hazards.

Video Recordings:

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SMARTnet – Non-Engineered Seismic Design 2.0

Date: 16 February 2023

Trainers: Martijn Schildkamp

In this webinar organized by the UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, Martijn Schildkamp, Founder of the SMARTnet, presents about improving the seismic design of non-engineered masonry buildings.

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Appropriate structural engineering in humanatarian and international development contexts

Date: December 2022

Trainers: Sebastian Kaminski

In this webinar organized by EPICentre and UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, Sebastian Kaminski, Associate Structural Engineer at Arup, presents his experience regarding the appropriate structural engineering in humanitarian and international development contexts.

Video recording:

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Towards an integrated assessment strategy for masonry structures

Date: November 2022

Trainers: Rita Esposito

In this joint seminar organized by EPICentre and UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL, Dr. Rita Esposito, Assistant Professor at TU Delft, talks about an integrated assessment strategy for masonry structures.

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The Democratisation of Cat Models Webinar

Date: October 2022

Trainers: Matt Donovan, Joshua Macabuag

UNESCO Chair in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Engineering (DRR&RE) at University College London (UCL) is organizing this talk by OASIS Loss Modelling Framework on democratisation of Cat Models.

Video recording:

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Engineering based fragility and vulnerability assessment

Date: September 2022

Trainers: Rohit Adhikari, Rafael Fernández, Ahsana Parammal Vatteri

This two-days webinar by UNESCO Chair in DRR&RE at UCL will cover the engineering based fragility and vulnerability assessment of school buildings using simple yet reliable procedures.

Video recording:

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Classification and vulnerability evaluation of school buildings for seismic risk reduction

Date: July 2022

Trainers: Rohit Adhikari, Rafael Fernández, Ahsana Parammal Vatteri

Classification and vulnerability evaluation of school buildings for seismic risk reduction – the GLOSI framework.

Video recording:

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Introduction to Seismic Analysis with OpenSees

Date: May 2022

Trainers: Jonas Cels, Sahin Dede, Maria Kontoe

This short course teaches you how to use OpenSees and how to conduct non-linear seismic response analyses. The course is an interactive and practical introduction to OpenSees modelling and analysis.

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Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Disaster Risk Reduction - CAPRA Platform

Date: April 2022

Trainers: Juan Francisco Correal, Rafael Fernández

The short online training course titled ‘Disaster risk assessment for disaster risk reduction in school infrastructure – CAPRA platform’, was successfully delivered by the UNESCO Chair in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Engineering (DRR&RE) at University College London (UCL).

Video recording:

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Open Educational Resources

Online Course - Simplified Structural Assessment for Seismic Fragility Analysis

This course aims to teach simplified structural assessment approaches for the development of fragility curves. Fragility curves are essential components of earthquake risk assessments and are developed and used by researchers, civil engineering consultants and insurers.
The course brings state of the art technqiues and tools to developers of fragility curves, promoting a consistent approach to the inclusion of uncertainty. It is aimed at students with an MSc level education in an engineering subject.

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Data Collection for Creating Baseline Information on Schools

To create a school infrastructure baseline, robust data collection tools are required to systematically capture and update key information about school buildings and facilities. Different approaches can be used to complement the establishment of a baseline for quantitative risk assessments, or to conduct a post-disaster damage assessment.

The GLOSI provides a systematic data collection framework, tools and guidance which support countries in creating a school infrastructure baseline using available technology.

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Structural Taxonomy (Classification) of School Building

The GLOSI taxonomy classifies school buildings based on 12 parameters which are known to govern the building’s structural performance. These parameters can be broadly categorized into primary (first 3 parameters) and secondary (remaining 9 parameters). The output of the taxonomy is a building’s string of attributes related to each parameter. The taxonomy string can be seen as the building’s DNA.

The development of the GLOSI taxonomy stems from recent World Bank engagement information on school buildings in Nepal, El Salvador, Peru and the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Fragility & Vulnerability Functions for Selected School Building Types from Different Countries

A systematic methodological framework is used to derive both seismic fragility and vulnerability functions for all index buildings included in the Catalog of Building Types. Here you can find information on how the functions were derived, as well as references for further reading. The use of these functions for a specific quantitative risk assessment might require calibration to reflect the performance of a given building type particular to a country or region. 

This framework promotes the use of a performance-based assessment as an instrument to identify cost-efficient seismic retrofitting solutions that can be implemented at scale across large portfolios of school buildings at risk from natural hazard events. 

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Strengthening Solutions for Typical School Building Types

This online resource provides vulnerability reduction solutions for selected load bearing masonry and reinforced concrete school building types.

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