Findings of the Canadian Engineering Reconnaissance Team after the 2015 Gorkha, Nepal Earthquake

Date: October 14, 2015

Presenters: Dr. Svetlana Brzev, PhD, P.Eng., BCIT
Dr. Bishnu Pandey, PhD., BCIT
Dr. Upul Atukorala, PhD. P.Eng., Golder Associates
Dr. Carlos Ventura, PhD, P.Eng., P.E., UBC
John H Pao, M.Eng., P.Eng., Struct.Eng., Bogdonov Pao Associates

A team of Canadian engineers and geoscientists visited Nepal after the April 25, 2015 Gorkha earthquake (M 7.8). The earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks caused more than 8,700 fatalities and damage or collapse of more than 600,000 buildings, including the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The team members presented field observations and discussed potential follow-up activities for Canadian earthquake engineering community with regards to technical capacity building for earthquake reconstruction. Lessons of relevance to Canadian engineering practice was also be presented.

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