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EPSRC Reference: EP/I01778X/1
Title: EEFIT Earthquake Mission Grant: Funding for Improved Response and Dissemination
Principal Investigator: Wilkinson, Dr S
Other Investigators:
Kontoe, Dr S ELIA, Dr G Goda, Dr K
Rossetto, Professor T Raby, Professor AC Faure Walker, Dr JP
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AIR Worldwide Limited (UK) Arup Group Ltd EERI Earthquake Engineering Research
GNS Science HQ (Lower Hutt) Risk Management Solutions University of Texas at Austin
Department: Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 11 March 2011 Ends: 10 September 2016 Value (£): 205,494
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Building Ops & Management Ground Engineering
Structural Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Construction
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
15 Sep 2010 Process, Environment and Sustainability Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The recent earthquake in Haiti highlights the tremendous suffering that earthquakes can inflict on some of the world's most vulnerable communities. While the role of earthquake engineering is of paramount importance in mitigating these effects, before we can improve our building standards it is absolutely crucial to gather first hand information on current building deficiencies. This research will fund UK based academics to participate in earthquake field investigations conducted by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT). in addition to this it will also enhance the quality of the data collected and its accessability to other researchers bydeveloping standardised field data collection methods. The grant will lasts for five years and in this time we will conduct five field investigations. Each investigation will comprise of a team of approximately six to eight people, two of whom will be UK academics and up to two PhD students and four from industry. They will spend approximately 7 days in the field making observations and collecting data. On their return, this data will be analysed and the findings disseminated to researchers, professional engineers and the community at large. This funding will allow rapid deployment of field investigations and the possibility to carry out longitudinal studies to assess recovery from catastrophic events. The grant will also provide funding for meetings with International partner institutions that deploy earthquake field missions (namely EERI, and GNS) in order to agree and develop standardised field mission protocols and data collection forms and tools.
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