- Conference date: 8–11 July 2008
- Location: Reggio Calabria (Italy)
The paper summarizes the results of the in progress EU Project titled TRIPOD (Training Civil Engineers on Post‐Earthquake Safety Assessment of Damaged Buildings), funded under the Leonardo Da Vinci program. The main theme of the project is the development of a methodology and a learning platform for the training of technicians involved in post‐earthquake building safety inspections. In the event of a catastrophic earthquake, emergency building inspections constitute a major undertaking with severe social impact. Given the inevitable chaotic conditions and the urgent need of a great number of specialized individuals to carry out inspections, past experience indicates that inspection teams are often formed in an adhoc manner, under stressful conditions, at a varying levels of technical expertise and experience, sometime impairing the reliability and consistency of the inspection results. Furthermore each Country has its own building damage and safety assessment methodology, developed according to its experience, laws, building technology and seismicity. This holds also for the partners participating to the project (Greece, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus), that all come from seismically sensitive Mediterranean countries. The project aims at alleviating the above shortcomings by designing and developing a training methodology and e‐platform, forming a complete training program targeted at inspection engineers, specialized personnel and civil protection agencies. The e‐learning platform will provide flexible and friendly authoring mechanisms, self‐teaching and assessment capabilities, course and trainee management, etc. Courses will be also made available as stand‐alone multimedia applications on CD and in the form of a complete pocket handbook. Moreover the project will offer the possibility of upgrading different experiences and practices: a first step towards the harmonization of methodologies and tools of different Countries sharing similar problems. Finally, through wide dissemination activities, the final aim of the project is to ensure the deployment and the integration into existing earthquake mitigation policies and vocational training schemes.
- Safety procedures
- Testing procedures
- Civil engineers
- Engineering seismology
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