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Build Change Haiti - Day Three
Build Change Haiti - Day ThreeThe main event for today was working with the newly trained engineers. We headed to Ti Sues, which is the new project site that just opened up for Build Change, to start the evaluation and retrofit process. It takes over an hour and half to drive to Ti Sues from the Build Change office. Fourteen people filling various roles drove to the project site in two small extended cab trucks and 1 scooter. The roads in Haiti are in horrible condition, but Haitians are used to being thrown around in the back of the truck, so it was nothing unusual for them. I was able to view quite a lot of Port-au-Prince. This culture is an interesting mix of the latest cell phone technology and clothing, mixed with an infrastructure that has not been updated or maintained in decades. Once at the site, we broke up into teams of three or four new engineers per group. The goal was to fully evaluate three new structures. The first step is meeting with the owner and working through a survey with them about their home. We find out what they would like to fix, what they hoped to add, their opinion on the process, permission to enter the house, etc. Having the owner be part of this process is huge. (I have included a picture of this.) The teams then work through a building evaluation check list, which Degenkolb development, based on an ASCE 31 check list. The process took about two hours and three homes were evaluated simultaneously. As part of the growing process, Build Change is enlisting Degenkolb to help train their most experienced engineers to become project managers. The manager and I moved from group to group to give guidance and check on each team's progress. At each stop, we responded to questions. When each group was finished with their evaluation, the PM and I reviewed their work and discussed why they made the decisions that they did. If something didn’t look right we reexamined the area, reviewed the Degenkolb development evaluation manual, and made revisions if necessary. Each group did a very good job and after two hours we were back in the trucks and headed back to the office, minus the additional scooter this time. Three new projects were added to the Build Change project list today. The hope is that three groups of three engineers, with one PM, can evaluate nine buildings a day. The following day, they will complete any calculations and retrofit designs for the nine. Then on the third day, they will deliver the documents to the owners and start the process over again with nine more houses. Right now they are not at that capacity, but they are moving in the right direction. There were other projects today, but it’s late so I will write more tomorrow. One final development is that my trip to the UN on Friday has been confirmed. I will be presenting the Evaluation and Retrofit Manual that Degenkolb developed to 60 UN OPS engineers. Mark Sinclair initially did a training for these same 60 in April, but the manual has been developed significantly since then. The time is right to provide some additional training.
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Posted by noblestudios on September 22, 2011 10:36 AM
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