The powerful aftershock that hit the already devastated city of Port au Prince on Jan. 20 has only intensified Haiti’s need for French-speaking structural engineers who can immediately determine which of the structures left standing may still pose a threat to human safety.
One of the first such missions has now begun, led by Andre Filiatrault, UB professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering and director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), headquartered at UB. Filiatrault is working in partnership with Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG), a national organization that helps provide developing countries with affordable renewable energy, sanitation and clean water.
Filiatrault left the U.S. yesterday (Jan. 21) with a team of 10 architects and engineers from U.S. educational institutions and private engineering firms. Their mission is to determine which of Haiti’s most critical structures—particularly its hospitals and ports—are safe to enter, and which pose a danger.