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Post-Earthquake Studies in Haiti

Fugro personnel served as Engineering Geologist/ Seismic lead for two National Science Foundation-funded Geoengineering Extreme Event Reconnaissance (NSF-GEER) teams for post-earthquake field evaluations of the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake.

01 Aug 2011

Responsibilities focused on evaluation and mapping of surface ground rupture, tectonic deformation (coastal uplift), liquefaction/lateral spread, and slope failures. Fugro continued participation with the GEER teams to perform follow-on detailed mapping and microzonation studies of Port-au-Prince, focusing on correlation of damage patterns to geologic conditions, and shear wave velocity-correlated microzonation map units. Numerous papers and presentations were co-authored with local Haitian Bureau of Mines and Geology, Planning groups, the U.S. Geological Survey, and United Nations (UN) reconstruction teams, presenting the results from the studies. Fugro’s key participation in UN-funded training workshops in Haiti provided technology transfer for use of resulting microzonation maps for reconstruction, and input/training for improved building code and practice.


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