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Engineering in the Pub: Humanitarian Engineering
June 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
This month will be a very special presentation offering insights about Humanitarian Engineering projects. Our Charity Partner will join us to explain the great work that Partner Housing does. We will also hear all about TTW’s rebuild program in Nepal and learn from Sydney University’s engineering expert in low cost disaster housing.
PROVIDING VILLAGE HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION – presented by Partner Housing
Partner Housing has been providing pro-bono professional engineering, architectural & building services and funding to other organisations involved in village housing, clinics, schools, water supply, sanitation and infrastructure in developing countries. The presentation will bring you updates on some of the projects they are currently working on.
NEPAL REBUILD PROGRAM – presented by David Carolan, TTW
The 2015 earthquakes in Nepal caused major damage or the collapse of the majority of the 350 schools supported by the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF) in the area south of Mt Everest. Assisted by TTW engineers, David designed an innovative lightweight earthquake resistant classroom structure using a prefabricated kit. Construction of 20 classrooms across six schools is now complete.
David Carolan, a Director at TTW, spent several years in Indonesia where he honed his seismic design skills and learnt about building in developing countries.
POST-DISASTER SHELTERS AFTER TYPHOON HAIYAN – presented by Aaron Opdyke
Hazard-resistant shelter design has long been heralded as necessary for facilitating resilient and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction, however achieving scale is a challenging task. This talk will explore lessons learned from four years of longitudinal research following humanitarian shelter programs in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (2013) which damaged or destroyed over 1 million homes.
Aaron Opdyke has consulted for non-governmental organisations in the Philippines, and in Haiti. He has served for the United States Peace Corps and the International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. He holds the Engineers Without Borders USA Founder’s Award.