30/03/20

ARMONIA workgroup meeting



On 13th and 14th February 2020, a workgroup meeting under the Interreg Italy-Austria ARMONIA project took place at the Gurk municipality in Kärnten Federal Region, involving SPRINT-Lab researchers together with project partners of Seismological Research Center, University of Trieste and Zamg (Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik).

The objective of the ARMONIA project is the development of strategies for the management of emergencies on a cross-border level using innovative methodologies, aiming to tighten the collaboration between the civil protection institutes for risk prevention.

During the first day the workgroup carried out a quick ambient vibration testing in the Gurk town hall. This methodology has been developed by SPRINT-Lab researchers and it is finalized to the rapid characterization of the behavioural predisposition of the structure in case of seismic event. The methodology has been applied in strategic buildings of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and of Veneto Region during the project.

An accelerometric station with strong motion sensor was installed during ARMONIA project at the Gurk town hall by ZAMG partner. This element made the municipality a candidate for the measures.


During the day the other partners of the project proceeded to test the operating capability of low cost sensors compared to high quality sensors.


On the next day SPRINT-Lab researchers showed the first results of ambient vibration recordings analysis. The data has been processed with specific algorithms developed by SPRINT-Lab researchers during the project. The discussion of the results with the other partners focused on the characterization of the structural dynamic behaviour of Gurk town hall.



The researchers of the SPRINT-Lab also explained in detail to Austrian colleagues the prototype of the “ARMONIAtlas”, an informative atlas consisting of specific thematic maps aimed at providing essential elements of information for civil protection operating rooms. During the ARMONIA command post exercise the Austrian colleagues was connected by video call. 

The “ARMONIAtlas” allows to frame in real time the characteristics of a seismic event and to estimate the potential damage on buildings. This tool, still in a prototypal phase, will allow to promptly activate pre-codified procedures in support of the emergency.


23/09/19

ARMONIA periodic meeting



On 17 and 18 September 2019, the periodic meeting under the Interreg Italy-Austria ARMONIA project took place at the scientific centre of the University of Udine, involving SPRINT-Lab researchers together with partners from both countries being part of the project.


The objective of the ARMONIA project is the development of strategies for the management of emergencies on a cross-border level through the use of innovative methodologies, aiming to tighten the collaboration between the civil protection institutes for risk prevention.

During the first day all the partners presented the state of the art regarding the different Work Packages in which project activities are divided, also introducing future developments and expected results.


The researchers of the SPRINT-Lab subsequently presented the prototype of the "ARMONIAtlas", an information atlas consisting of specific thematic maps aimed at providing essential elements of information for civil protection operating rooms. The “ARMONIAtlas” allows to frame in real time the characteristics of a seismic event and to estimate the potential damage forecast on buildings. This tool, still in a prototype phase, will allow to promptly activate pre-codified procedures in support of the emergency.


On the second day, participants discussed in detail the future developments of project activities, sharing different opinions to define a common and shared strategy.

The next periodical meeting (February/March 2020) will be held at the University of Trieste.

09/04/19

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.






14/02/19

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.




27/11/18

CFMUNESCO 2018

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.

16/11/18

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.

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!!!