11/09/18

1st Meeting of UNESCO-VISUS Experts




Today the first meeting of UNESCO-VISUS Experts (MUVEx) has started in Udine and will continue since 13 September. 
The meeting groups experts with different technical skills, is in Udine for analysing in detail, reviewing and validating the VISUS methodology and the VISUS guides. 
VISUS is a specific technical triage methodology for the Visual Inspections for the definition of Safety Upgrading Strategies, defined by the SPRINT-Lab researchers and adopted by UNESCO for the safety assessment of learning facilities worldwide. 


Experts meet in the prestigious location of CISM (International Centre of Mechanical Science), that operates in strict collaboration with the University of Udine.


09/07/18

Disability in emergencies


On July 9, 2018 an experiential training day about disabilities in emergencies was held. The experiential training is an activity developed within the SERM Academy; this day was particularly addressed to firefighters and FVG Civil Protection personnel.
During the experiential training, lecturers presented the general aspects concerning the management of people with disabilities in emergency scenarios, analyzing different categories of disability.
In the second part of the day, the participants were involved in practical exercises on mobility impairments, and hearing and visual disabilities, in which they were able to learn specific useful means for providing assistance to people with disabilities during emergencies.








07/03/18

Coventry University students visit the SPRINT-Lab

On the March 1, 2018 the SPRINT team hosted the students of the University of Coventry (Disaster Management course).

The students, with professor Yung-Fang Chen, were in Italy for a field trip, having a tour of the sites hit by the 1976 Friuli earthquake and visiting the organizations arised on the scent of the emergency.

The students followed a presentation on the SPRINT activities in the field of Disaster Management, learning also about the uses of geophysical instruments for prevention evaluations.


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10/04/17

PhD in Environmental and Energy Engineering Sciences

Petra Malisan has just finished her thesis for her PhD in Environmental and Energy Engineering Sciences within the SPRINT-Lab of Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture. The thesis focuses on the characterization of elementary scenarios for multi-hazard safety assessments of learning facilities.


Congratulations Petra!!!

24/02/17

SPRINT and UNESCO are testing VISUS methodology in Haiti

Since 23th February to 3rd March, professor Stefano Grimaz is in Haiti for the application of the VISUS methodology for the safety assessment of haitian schools (link).


Photos by J. Torres (UNESCO).
A team of experts from SPRINT, UNESCO and local universities held the training activities and conducted several inspections of school complexes.
This pilot project (as the previous in Peru, Indonesia, LaoDPR and El Salvador) aims at training engineering and architecture students, and local technicians to the multi-hazard survey for VISUS.

11/09/16

STCS Scientific Unit activity continues also during the weekends

During the seismic emergency, the activity of the STCS Scientific Unit does not stop... and continues also during the weekends. The back-office of the STCS is managed by the SPRINT-lab researchers and it is composed also by expert firefighters and technicians. Several students have also supported the operations.


Professor Stefano Grimaz, the director of the SPRINT-lab, is in the areas affected by the earthquake, supporting the emergency management, as scientific director of the STCS Scientific Unit.


06/09/16

VISUS in Peru


The VISUS methodology was succesfully tested in Peru from 29th August to 3rd SeptemberProfessor Stefano Grimaz and a team of experts from SPRINT, UNESCO and local universities held the training activities and conducted several inspections of school complexes.



This pilot project aims at training engineering and architecture students, and local technicians to the multi-hazard VISUS survey of school complexes in Peru.


01/09/16

SPRINT-Lab: STCS Scientific Unit

The Scientific Unit set up at the SPRINT laboratory of the University of Udine is continuing the data processing and mapping activities.

The group work in composed by the SPRINT team, expert firefighters and technicians.



Every day several students are involved in the activities. The students deal with the issues faced during their course of study and provide help in data entry operations. 



31/08/16

SPRINT and UNESCO are testing VISUS methodology in Peru

Since 29th August to 3rd September, professor Stefano Grimaz is in Peru for the application and the test of the VISUS methodology for the safety assessment of peruvian schools (link). 



A team of experts from SPRINT, UNESCO and local universities held the training activities and conducted several inspections of school complexes.
This pilot project (as the previous in Indonesia and El Salvador) aims at training engineering and architecture students, and local technicians to the multi-hazard survey for VISUS.


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30/08/16

Central Italy Earthquake 2016 - SCIENTIFIC UNIT: work in progress

Works in progress at the Scientific Unit set up at the SPRINT laboratory of the University of Udine.

The SPRINT team is supported by expert firefighters from Udine and Gorizia.

Volunteer students are involved in the operations. The students provide help in data entry operations and, in this way, they also deal with the issues faced during their course of study.