Supporting Thimphu’s Path to Safer Buildings
2019 - Present
Using models to identify and quantify building damage from two likely earthquakes affecting the capital city, the scenarios will inform land use planning and building codes to reduce risk.
Producing Affordable Earthquake Desks
2015 - 2018
Locally made Earthquake Desks are affordable, withstand heavy loads, and provide safer cover in schools that are not yet earthquake resistant.
Students with Visual Impairments Prepare for Disasters
A disaster preparedness plan and drills tailored for students with visual impairments, so they practice how to respond safely during and after emergencies.
Hospital Disaster Planning, Preparedness and Training
Emergency planning and realistic disaster simulations for staff at hospitals in Bhutan, plus mitigations to keep the facilities functioning post disaster.
Seismic Resilience Evaluations
2013, 2016 - 2018
Engineers gained skills to assess structural vulnerability of Bhutan’s schools and health facilities, so that the government could evaluate post-earthquake safety of buildings.
Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Beneficiary Needs
2011 - 2012
A study of earthquake risk reduction activities, needs, and barriers, to help guide GEM’s future tool and resource development for users who are not risk assessment experts.
National Action Plans for School and Hospital Earthquake Safety
2010 - 2014
These consensus-based action plans, which include ways to prepare for and reduce risk in schools and health facilities, were adopted into national policy.