Key Projects

Assessing and improving infrastructure after disasters

Improving the safety and disaster resilience of buildings in Iraq and Syria

The overarching aim of this project is to improve the safety and disaster resilience of buildings in Iraq and Syria by enhancing the ability of structural engineers to better assess damages and make informed decisions on whether to repair or dismantle a building or seek expert advice. The project also aims to boost the resilience of buildings to future disasters by improving the structural detailing and the quality of construction by enhancing quality control and construction supervision. The impact will be mostly within the housing sectors and related public buildings such as schools and health centres. 

The course gives participants the ability to determine the structural integrity of affected buildings (seismic & blast damage), and to improve the design of reparation and strengthening works and future builds. This has direct humanitarian consequences on communities in the target countries, contributing to the significant safety, assessment, and reconstruction challenges in the region: in Syria alone, UNITAR estimated by 2019 that 131,426 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Through this project, engineers from Iraq and Syria can learn how to improve the structural detailing and the quality of construction.
Through this project, engineers from Iraq and Syria can learn how to improve the structural detailing and the quality of construction.

Structural detailing and damage assessments

Working with Ramboll UK and expert engineers in the region, RedR UK has designed and piloted a ‘structural detailing and damage assessments’ course to 24 structural and construction engineers in Iraq and Syria. In 2022, the course will be updated, finalised and rolled out to more engineers across MENA and beyond.

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86% of participants rated the improvement of their knowledge as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’​

82% of participants rated the improvement of their skills as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’​

95% of participants rated the usefulness of the training materials as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’​

91% of participants rated the training overall as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’

 


Click here to read case studies from the project in Iraq and Syria.

This course really expanded my knowledge and gave me the right tool to scientifically assess the buildings without taking risks.

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Course participant from Iraq

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Project details and its impacts

This course has remarkably enhanced these needed skills as it focused on the damaged assessment, retrofitting, and shed light on the methodology to design buildings subjected to dynamic loads.

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Course facilitator from Iraq

Apply for a place on the course

The course will be running free of charge three times in 2022 – if you would like to be considered for a place, please submit an application here.

We also offer a tailor-made option for organisations, to train multiple members of internal staff or partners. If you would like to speak to the team about running a damage assessments and detailing training, tailored to your organisation’s needs,  please click here.

More information

If you would like more information or to talk to the team about this programme, please click here.