Day 10 – Group 3’s Final Day

Today Giuseppe, Liz and Davide headed to Norcia. The local hospital was inspected, as well as commercial and industrial RC structures. Meanwhile, Tristan and Flavia evaluated the hospital in Amatrice. Both teams observed a large number of buildings. The night was spent sorting data for the final report – it is sure to be an…

Day 6: Group 3 Head to Amatrice

Flavia, Giuseppe, Davide, Tristan and Liz travelled to Amatrice. Data on the performance of Reinforced Concrete (RC) buildings was collected using rapid survey forms. The group was escorted through the damaged “red zone” by the Fire Brigade. One of the buildings examined was a school. Part of the building had collapsed. RC columns retrofitted with…

Day 9: Debriefing at DICOMAC Rieti

Together with an Albanian delegation, this morning team 2 and 3 attended a workshop organised by Mario Nicoletti, the Responsible for the Seismic Monitoring Section of Civil Protection and David Fabi, the Responsible for the Emergency Coordination. They provided a very comprehensive overview of the event drawing on the facts and figures already available after…

Day 8: Group 3 in Arquata and Pescara del Tronto

In Arquata, amongst other buildings, we surveyed a number of school buildings.  Structural and non-structural damage was observed in all cases.       In the afternoon we were privileged to visit Pescara del Tronto (thanks to the Fire Brigade) to inspect as many reinforced concrete buildings as possible.  The performance varied greatly.   A…

Day 8: Amatrice once again

Today group 2 went back to Amatrice to collect damage data  in the “red zone”. On the way there we stopped at Ponte Rosa, where Paolo and Andrea collected evidence of severe damage of the parapet. Valerio from the Vigili Del Fuoco Rieti accompanied us throughout the visit of the north west side of the town…

Day 7: Group 1’s last day

Domenico and Zoe continued their work looking at environmental effects like landslides and ground cracks. They focussed on the areas around Pescara del Tronto and Accumoli. Today was their last day in the field and they fly back to the UK tomorrow.

Day 7: Rainy Premier while in Accumoli

Today team 2 and 3 headed to Accumoli to inspect the town and collect damage data through rapid street survey and Log-IDEAH. While there, we had the chance to see an on-going shoring and propping intervention  of the Civic Tower of the town. Claudio Ortoni from the SAF Vigili Del Fuoco Campania, explained to us…

Day 6: Data collection

The rainy day in Arquata Del Tronto did not stop team 2. We went from the traditional to the digital damage data collection: while Andrea and Dina scribbled on wet rapid damage survey paper forms, Paolo and Valentina trialled the Log-IDEAH web-based expert system. On a hint of Luigi Di Sarno from University of Benevento,…

Day 5: Group 2 Norcia region

While David and Serena went to L’Aquila, Zoe and Domenico in Amatrice and Campotosto, team 2 met with Andrea Giannantoni and his collaborators from University of Perugia to visit  churches around Norcia. The main aim was to evaluate strengthening interventions that were implemented after the 1979 and 1997 earthquakes.It was great to access the under-roof. The…

Day 5: Group 3 heads to Norcia

In the afternoon Flavia, Tristan, Giuseppe & Liz visited a number of buildings in Norcia.  The 1970s, reinforced concrete framed school had been previously (post 1997 earthquake) retrofitted with steel hollow section bracing.  It appears to have performed well and is open for business.

Day 5: Reconstruction in L’Aquila

David and Serena visited L’Aquila to evaluate the status and progress of the reconstruction after the 2009 earthquake. Especially the degree of economic and social revitalisation and the level of functionality, i.e. services available to the population. The survey of the historical centre showed that the reconstruction is proceeding slowly. They noted the “spotty” nature of this…

Day 5: Group 1 environmental survey

  Domenico, Joanna and Zoe first visited the town of Amatrice to see the damage directly, assisted by the Vigili Dei Fuoco. Following their visit, they began to observe and record environmental effects around Amatrice, such as landslides and rockfalls. These observations can be used to determine the intensity of the shaking using the Environmental Seismic Intensity…