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Kerala BRCA (Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment)


Kerala, India

GeoHazards International brought together international, national and state-level experts to conduct a BRCA focused on the Government of Kerala’s vision for climate and disaster resilience, energy conservation, and green buildings.

Knowledge Exchange and Technical Advising for Infrastructure Risk Management



This program addressed the resilience challenges of water supply systems located in steep terrain, specifically in two India hill cities: Aizawl in Mizoram, and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

Safety Measures for Landsliding in Kerala

2019 - Present


Investigations of still dangerous slopes in Idukki, where 2018 landslides damaged thousands of homes. Partnered with Kerala University, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), local officials.

Implementing Aizawl's Landslide Action Plan

2015 - Present


Local engineers, geologists, and professors learned in intensive field courses how to assess hazard risk, apply safe development regulations and map hazards, and reduce landslide risk.

Mentoring Women in Engineering and Geology

2013 - 2016

Aizawl, India

An undergraduate internship included real world field study and a research report, which aligned with their studies and prepared them to apply for graduate school and pursue professional careers.

Reducing Extreme Landslide and Seismic Risk in Aizawl

2012 - 2015

Aizawl, India

A detailed scenario process engaged leaders and technical professionals in India’s most populous hill city to understand, assess and mitigate Aizawl’s very high risk of landslides and earthquakes.

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 - 2015

India, Bhutan

These consensus-based action plans, which include ways to prepare for and reduce risk in schools and health facilities, were adopted into national policy.

Annual India School Earthquake Drills



Students and staff of Tibetan schools in north India states first participated in a 2009 earthquake drill that now occurs annually and in many more schools across India.

Delhi Area School Earthquake Preparedness

2008 - 2015

Delhi Area, India

Volunteers from an engineering company’s local office taught students, faculty and parents about disaster risk, preparedness, and how to mitigate specific vulnerabilities in buildings.

Hospital Preparedness and Disaster Training

2007 - 2015

India, Global

A manual and intensive training program for staff to back up utility systems, anchor objects, practice response, and prepare their hospitals to function through disasters.

Earthquake Safety of the Tibetan Community

2006 - 2009

Dharamshala, India

An effort to develop seismic strengthening and protect contents for a key building, raise awareness, and prepare schools in the city that is home to the Tibetan government-in-exile.

OECD School Earthquake Safety Policy

2004 - 2005

OECD Countries

Guidance for nations to develop an effective school earthquake safety program, approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Ludlow Castle School Retrofit

2002 - 2008

New Delhi, India

Delhi is located in a high seismic hazard zone, and thousands of school buildings are vulnerable to severe damage in an earthquake. We guided the seismic retrofit at a large school in the Delhi region, as part of a project to improve earthquake preparedness in the nation’s capital.

Seismic Retrofit of Key Delhi Buildings

2002 - 2008

Delhi, India

Engineers gained on-the-job experience to design and install retrofit solutions for a large school, which cost less than to rebuild and became a model.

Earthquake Vulnerability of Gujarat Schools

2001 - 2002


This study found significant earthquake vulnerability in Gujarat public school buildings and recommended steps to reduce and mitigate the risk.

Global Earthquake Safety Initiative

1999 - 2001


Technical information about likely lethality of earthquakes in 21 cities-- including vulnerable aspects of the built environment, schools and hospitals--to help the cities prioritize risk mitigation efforts.

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