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We take for granted the standards of design and quality in the UK. Do we have to forget our engineering principles when these are absent? Having worked both in consultancy in the UK and for NGOs in disaster settings, Simon Bird will describe the satisfaction of achieving solutions, yet the challenges faced working in these settings.
Specific examples will include bridges built with local labour in DR Congo and designing housing shelters in Haiti that resist hurricane loading, whist using local construction techniques.
Simon is passionate about the role of engineering in disaster situations. He is a chartered civil engineer and REDR member, with some years’ experience in engineering consultancy. He has worked in development in N Thailand and on several occasions with Medair - a Christian disaster relief and recovery NGO based in Switzerland. This took him to N Iraq, Indonesia, Haiti, Congo and Nepal. He is now part-time infrastructure advisor for Medair and spends the rest of the time with Mott MacDonald.
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