The recent earthquakes of April 25th and May 12th and the accompanying aftershocks in Nepal have left a trail of destruction across the built environment. Historic parts of the capital Kathmandu and villages in the Kathmandu valley are in ruins and families are left homeless. Many organizations have the connections and funds that are needed to help rebuild Nepal. Objective overviews of the best way to rebuild in an adequate and aordable way seem to be lacking.
At the moment we are performing research on dening the possibilities regarding earthquake proof low-tech engineering in the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding regions. In agreement with the university we have set up Shock Safe Nepal, a three phase multidisciplinary project on low-tech earthquake safe housing. For the second and third quartile we are looking for more students to follow-up on our research in teams of 4 to 6 students.
Phase 2 & 3
The team in quartile three will do a follow-up on our research by translating the solution space created by us into preliminary design principles and a business plan. The team going in quartile four will work towards a nal design and will prepare the test-case. For either quartiles of this academic year we are looking for a:
- Structural Engineering or Building Engineering student (CiTG) who is interested in earthquake engineering and is not afraid of complex calculations now and then,
- Architectural Engineering or Building Technology student (BK/AR) who is interested in low-tech engineering and designing with minimal resources,
- Construction Management & Engineering Student (CiTG) who is interested in the cultural and nancial aspects of projects, is capable of coordinating multiple disciplines and can safeguard the long-term vision of the project.
The student should be;
- A team player who is strong in his or her communication,
- Flexible and not afraid of uncertainties in the project and surroundings,
- Independent and capable of steering his/her own project,
- Prepared to perform self-study on earthquake engineering,
- Able to acquire their own nancial means,
- Committed to make this research project work,
- Prepared to invest substantial time in preparation before Q3 or Q4,
- Available in Q3 or Q4,
- Advanced in their MSc program,
Depending on the course and outcome of quartile 1 the scope of quartile 3 and/or 4 might change. This does not mean the projects will become any less interesting; the project teams are responsible for their own research and success!
Board of Recommendation
Drs. ir. J.G. Verlaan - Delft University of Technology
Prof.dr.ir. A.R.M. Wolfert - Delft University of Technology
Drs. C.F. de Stoppelaar - Consul General of Nepal to the Netherlands
Ir.H.R.Schipper - Delft University of Technology