Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Training on Mobile App based inspection of Structural Vulnerability (Developed under the SAFER project)

An online training session on use of a mobile application developed under the SAFER project (Seismic Safety and Resilience of Structures in Nepal) was conducted on May 30, 2020. It is an app that can be used to inspect the seismic vulnerability of school buildings. There were a total of 35 registered participants for the session. The event was organized by Nepal Engineers’ Association, Bagmati Province and technically supported by NSET-Nepal. After an overview on the growing importance of mobile/digital inspection and data collection, the participants were given a tutorial on the operations and features of the mobile application while discussing on aspects of different structural typologies. A demonstration using three sample buildings followed the tutorial. The training was instructed by Vibek Manandhar, Structural Engineer, NSET and demonstration of the application on a mobile phone was performed by Rabin Chaulagain, Structural Engineer, NSET. Facilitation regarding the online conduction was done by Ayush Baskota, program coordinator, Baliyo Ghar, NSET. In the beginning of the session, keynote was made by Dr. Narayan Prasad Marasini, director of the project and an expert on geo-technical engineering regarding the vulnerability of the school buildings in Nepal and how this training facilitates on the assessment of such vulnerabilities.

SAFER (Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal) is a holistic and multi-disciplinary program for improving the earthquake-related safety of school buildings and the resilience of educational communities in Nepal, a consortium led by University of Bristol, UK.

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