Albi, France 

May 21-24, 2017




On May 21,  2017, the final RECONASS workshop, named  “Post-Crisis Damage and Needs Assessment of Buildings for Response, Reconstruction and Recovery Planning – Workshop” took place in Albi (France) within ISCRAM 2017.

The objective of this workshop was to discuss the importance and trends of structural and non-structural assessment techniques and methods (civil structural health monitoring) applied in critical or conventional buildings as a means to avoid partial and total collapses when disastrous incidents take place (e.g. earthquakes, explosions, etc.). Such assessments include - but not limited to – the deployment of novel monitoring sensor networks (in-building, environmental and aerial sensors) in conjunction to information and disaster management systems that provide the stakeholders rapidly with an evaluation of the magnitude of the disaster. Additionally, the assessment reports generated drive response, reconstruction and recovery planning efforts towards saving lives, restoring functionalities and building back better.

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 The following topics were covered during the workshop:

  • Structural and non-structural engineering
  • Emergency management and planning
  • Training and simulations
  • Collaboration and integration
  • Response and health monitoring of structures
  • Lessons from recent earthquakes and explosions
  • Practice case studies
  • Economic implications of seismic/terrorist attacks risk and resilience
  • Damage avoidance design


Participants had the chance to learn more about the project results and discover the latest innovations in the fields of structural and non-structural engineering, emergency management and planning. Specifically, the Workshop brought together research groups, disaster management officers, industries and users involved in the crisis management process.


The speeches included:

“JRC+IFB Field Reporting Tool applied to Middle Italy earthquake event” 

Daniele Alberto Galliano, Scientific Project Officer, European Commission Joint Research Centre – JRC.E.1, Disaster Risk Management Unit 

Mr. Daniele A. Galliano, is an electronic engineer and works for the EC since 2007 as a developer of IT solutions for Crisis Management. This role includes the design and the implementation of facilities like Crisis Room (notably the one of the Department of Civil Protection of Haitian Republic in Port-au-Prince) and the technical responsibility of the European Crisis Management Laboratory.

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“Using technology and the power of the crowd to improve emergency response” 

Mr. Tomer Kaplan, Senior Disaster Management Officer, Magen David Adom in Israel 

Mr. Tomer Kaplan is a senior disaster management officer at MDA since 2007. Mr. Kaplan teaches in Ben-Gurion University in the department of emergency medicine and he acts as Medical Supervisor of the southern region in Israel. Mr. Kaplan was deployed to Nepal following the earthquake in 2015 as a public health delegate for the Norwegian Red Cross.

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“Civil Protection Operations – Gaps and Future Trends” 

Michael Markus, Building Monitoring Team – Safety and Security Officer, Federal Agency for Technical Relief - Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) 

Michael Markus holds a Diploma in Aerospace Engineering (University of Stuttgart) and was responsible for different research projects about disaster response and urban search and rescue at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/University of Karlsruhe (I-LOV, CPC 461 “strong earthquakes”). He is member of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief THW, where he is responsible for a building monitoring team for search and rescue operations and as safety and security officer. He is member of the THW FP7 RECONASS research team. His research interest includes building collapse classification, collapse modelling and user requirements.

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“Earthquake Nepal, 2015 – A structural assessment: Examples & lessons learnt towards resilient buildings” 

Åke Solfeldt, Structural Engineer – Project Manager, WSP & Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency - Swedish International Fast Response Team, Urban Search And Rescue 

Mr. Åke Solfeldt is a Civil Engineer with 27 years of experience in the field of a structural engineering. He has worked for WSP since 2001. During 2008-2009, period of 18 months, he was stationed in Shanghai as an interface engineer for steel structures. During 2010-2013 he was the team leader and responsible engineer for the complete precast structure of Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. Since 1990 most of his projects have been buildings of different kinds. Since 2014 he is a volunteer for the MSB´s SWIFT USAR team. His position is as the structural engineer of the team (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency - Swedish International Fast Response Team, Urban Search And Rescue). In 2015 his USAR team deployed to Nepal directly upon/after the earthquake 7.8. In Nepal he performed rapid visual assessments of earthquake affected buildings such as hospitals.

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“RECONASS Monitoring System & the Damage Assessment Platform” 

Evangelos Sdongos, RECONASS Project Manager, Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS)

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“HOT - Crowdsourced area based damage assessments and comparative damage rankings” 

Melanie Eckle, Research Assistant HeiGIT - Disaster Mapping and Management, GIScience Research Group, Department of Geography, Heidelberg University 

Ms. Melanie Eckle is a research assistant at the disaster mapping and management department at the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) at Heidelberg University. She moreover is an active member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) which she also supports as part of the Board of Directors. Therefore her main work and research focus is on the use of crowdsourcing and user-generated geodata for disaster management and humanitarian purposes. In the scope of the workshop she will be introducing one of her current projects with HOT, the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI), the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the University of Colorado and Heidelberg University on crowdsourced area based damage assessment.

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“The INACHUS System for Buildings Assessment and SAR Operations” 

Dr. Angelos Amditis, Research Director – ICCS, INACHUS and RECONASS Project Coordinator, Workshop Chair

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“3D laser imaging techniques to improve USaR operations for wide-area surveillance and monitoring of collapsed buildings” 

Nicolas Riviere, ONERA – The French Aerospace Lab, F31055 Toulouse, France 

3D laser imaging systems operate at night in all ambient illuminations and weather conditions. These techniques can perform the strategic surveillance of the environment for various worldwide operations (up to long ranges). ONERA, the French aerospace lab, develops and models new active imaging concepts based on new sensor technologies. The knowledge of the relevant physical phenomena impacting on the performances of such 3D-lidar techniques is essential to face the new scientific challenges. This presentation will be illustrated by applications such as the ones of the European project INACHUS. INACHUS will improve the detection and localization of trapped victims. It aims to achieve a significant time reduction related to Urban Search and Rescue (USaR) phase by providing wide-area situation awareness solutions.


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“A Common Operational Picture for wide-area situational awareness and emergency response planning” 

Anita Schilling, 3D-R&D Software Engineer, DIGINEXT 

This presentation will demonstrate how a Common Operational Picture can aid wide-area situational awareness by presenting on-going developments on situation and environment monitoring from the ZONeSEC European project and emergency response management from the INACHUS European project.

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This project is funded by the European Union