ARMONIA mission in Veneto region

The 26th and 27th March SPRINT-Lab researchers and a technician of the Centro Ricerche Sismologiche – OGS, started the surveys in some districts of the Veneto region within the activities of the INTERREG Italia-Austria ARMONIA project.
The project aims at creating a seismic network on site and buildings in Italy and Austria, and at developing of a trans-frontier strategy in the management of natural disasters throughout the installation of sensors in buildings.

During the two days of survey SPRINT-Lab researchers acquired ambient noise measurements in four municipality buildings and in the sites of the province of Treviso.

SPRINT-Lab researchers had the opportunity to illustrate some aspects of this project to technicians and local officials.


ARMONIA periodic meeting

On February 11 and 12, the periodic meeting of the ARMONIA project took place in Venice. 
The project aims at creating a seismic network on site and buildings in Italy and Austria, and it also aims at the development of a trans-frontier strategy in the management of natural disasters.

The participants of the meeting were the seven project partners and also the associate partners; the meeting was held in the “Palazzo Grandi Stazioni” which is the headquarter of the Veneto region.

During the first day of the meeting, every research group presented the state of the art and the future developments of their works. Instead during the second day, financial and administrative planning were explained.



The chairholder of  the UNESCO Chair of the University of Udine, prof. Grimaz, partecipated to Model United Nations (MUN) experience simulated during the CFMUNESCO 2018. Grimaz contributed to the event with a lesson on "Natural Hazard and Disaster Risk Reduction. School safety and UNESCO Designed Sites". 
The CFMUNESCO 2018 was organised by high school students of "Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono" in Cividale del Friuli (Italy) from 24 to 27 November 2018. About 350 high school students attended the CFMUNESCO 2018. The students came from all over the world and they represented six Committees during the event: UNESCO, Security Council, Commission on the Status Woman, World Health Organization, Historical Committee, International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.


Joint Training on Disaster Risk Management

The chairholder of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Udine, prof. Stefano Grimaz, partecipated as trainer at the "Second DRMKC Joint Training on Disaster Risk Management" in the Simulation Centre of Coventry University (UK), from 12 to 14 November 2018. Grimaz contributed to the event with a lesson on "Post disaster rapid impact assessment by technical triage". 

The three-days training aimed at preparing bachelor and master students in the fields of disaster management, emergency planning, humanitarian assistance and comunity resilience. Partecipants came from Coventry, Saxion, and Vives Universities.


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.


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.


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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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!!!


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.


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.