UNESCO CHAIR - Educational Activities


Educational Workshops & Trainings

Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Disaster Risk Reduction - CAPRA Platform

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).

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Introduction to Seismic Analysis with OpenSees

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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Classification and vulnerability evaluation of school buildings for seismic risk reduction

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

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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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