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Developments in post-disaster damage assessments: SARAID case study of Haiti 2021

Event organised by Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

27 April 2022

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Following a disaster, it is necessary to quickly understand the damage that has occurred to infrastructure to enable decision-making for emergency response, life safety, and recovery in the short to long term. Primarily, effective damage assessments require sound procedures for technical inspection, but for inspections to usefully inform the decision-making process, they also require a complete system considering: the coordination of assessors, the legal/procedural framework they operate in, and the collection, analysis and storage of data.

This talk will present how a damage assessment process has been developed over a number of disasters and how SARAID helped establish and implement this process following the 2021 earthquake in Haiti.

We will also discuss how the international community, in the form of the UN International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), is adopting this process; how SARAID is inputting into its formal development; and, the charity’s preparation for the INSARAG External Classification (IEC) later this year.


Mark Scorer

Mark Scorer

Atkins Ground Engineering

chief engineer

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Mark Scorer

Mark is a Chief Engineer who is Atkins Ground Engineering’s Discipline Lead for Seismic Geotechnics. He has fifteen years’ experience working on and managing a range of sensitive projects in the nuclear, defence, oil & gas, dams and building development sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Mark is a SECED committee member and helped establish their Young Members Group. He is also a qualified Urban Search and Rescue Engineer with the UK charity SARAID and their Engineering Training and International Development Officer. Mark has been a DE and SCE for several years, providing support to many young engineers during their Chartership journey.

Suzie Cooper

Suzie Cooper

Elliott Wood

structural engineer

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Suzie Cooper

Suzie currently works as a structural engineer at Elliott Wood Limited where she has led on a wide range of projects in various sectors including commercial, residential and education. Alongside her career, Suzie volunteers as an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Engineer with SARAID - a British charity specialising in Search & Rescue in international disaster zones. Suzie was recently deployed to Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2021 earthquake and has previously been to Albania and Beirut on similar disaster response operations. Suzie was part of the team that set up the Damage Assessment Coordination Centre’s in these countries – helping the local government to set up and coordinate the engineering response to structural assessments and linking in international engineers.

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell