After natural disasters, Build Change conducts reconnaissance reports to assess the damage, learn about building structures and materials, and provide considerations. We intend that these resources be used to share our knowledge with others.
Sichuan, China – 2008
Earthquake: May 12, 2008 – Sichuan, China, 7.9-magnitude
Build Change reports from a study facilitated by the University of California, Office of the President, 10 + 10 Strategic Partnership.
Manabi, Ecuador – 2016
Earthquake: April 16, 2016
A team of Build Change engineers conducted a field visit in early May 2016 to several of the towns impacted by the earthquake along the western coast of Ecuador including: Manta, Canoa, Crucita, Jama, and Portoviejo. This report summarizes their findings and conclusions based on the damage they witnessed.
San Marcos & Quetzaltenango, Guatemala – 2012
Earthquakes: November 7, 2012 (7.5-magnitude) and July 7, 2014 (6.9-magnitude).
Build Change did a field visit to 6 schools in February 2015 to evaluate necessary technical assistance and potential deficiencies.
Jeremie, Les Cayes & Moron, Haiti – 2016
Hurricane: October 4, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
Build Change conducted a reconnaissance trip to affected areas in the weeks after the hurricane made landfall in Haiti, and produced this reconnaissance report.
Killari (1993), Chamoli (1999) & Bhuj (2001), India
Earthquakes: 1993 – Killari, India, 6.2-magnitude
1999 – Chamoli, India, 6.8-magnitude
2001 – Bhuj, India, 7.7-magnitude
Bhuj, India – 2001
Earthquake: January 26, 2001 – Bhuj, India, 7.7-magnitude
Bam, Iran – 2003
Earthquake: December 26, 2003 – Bam, Iran, 6.6-magnitude
Gorkha, Nepal – 2015
Earthquake: April 25, 2015 – Gorkha, Nepal, 7.3-magnitude
October 1, 2015 Updated Version of Nepal Earthquake Reconnaissance Report
Pisco, Peru – 2007
Earthquake: August 15, 2007 – Pisco, Peru, 8.0-magnitude
Our staff examined common causes of structural failure in April 2008.
Visayas, Philippines – 2013
Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan: November 8, 2013 – Visayas, Philippines
Philippines Reconnaissance Report following magnitude-7.1 earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda.
Surigao Del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines – 2017
Surigao Earthquake: February 10, 2017 – Surigao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines
Build Change Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Report following magnitude-6.7 earthquake.