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Arriving in Mexico


The Degenkolb reconnaissance team is on the ground in Mexico City.  Anxious to help with the recovery and building damage assessments, the team headed from the airport to the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de México (CICM) to meet with our local colleagues. 

The Colegio, working with practicing engineers from around the world, professors and structural engineering students from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, have worked tirelessly to complete the initial building assessment; identifying buildings that were damaged in the magnitude, 7.1 Puebla earthquake on September 19.  In Phase 2, CICM is returning to the damaged buildings to perform a more detailed damage assessment.  The information will then be passed to the Mexican government to better inform the tagging of the buildings.  The tagging can affect whether the building occcupants can return to their homes or whether they need to evacuate.  The Degenkolb team will help kick off this effort by visiting identified, damaged buildings on Saturday. 

Meeting with Professor Luciano Roberto Fernández Sola, along with students from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the U.C. Berkeley Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), we have planned our strategy to examine 16 buildings in the Palanco and Reforma districts of Mexico City.   The Degenkolb team will be joined by Daniel Gaspar Rodriguez and Jorge Archbold Monterrosa of PEER, and Professors from various universities in Mexico City.

Filed Under: Degenkolb, Earthquake, Engineering, In The News, Seismic
Posted by mexicoteam1 on October 2, 2017 8:41 AM
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