T&T and Ramboll to assess Nepal earthquake damage

Programme manager Turner & Townsend and consulting engineer Ramboll have teamed up to lead a pro bono surveying project in Nepal, and will play a role in the earthquake-ravaged country’s reconstruction programme.  

Four teams of structural engineers and surveyors have been deployed across Nepal to assess the damage at nine hospitals hit by earthquakes in April and May this year.  

The work is being carried out in conjunction with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), which funded the project.  

T&T and Ramboll are working on the behalf of the Nepali government, along with surveyors from Nepali design engineer John Sanday Associates.

The engineers and surveyors will give a detailed breakdown of the damage sustained and propose solutions to the repair of hospital buildings, allowing T&T to produce costings.  

The project’s findings will be presented jointly to the Nepali authorities and DFID, which is funding a programme of disaster resilience and capacity building in Nepal.

T&T was engaged with Ramboll in another DFID-funded programme to assess the earthquake resilience of 59 hospitals across Nepal, and devise a strengthening strategy for the most vulnerable structures.  

The post-earthquake surveys were undertaken as part of this longer-term programme.

The programme also trained and employed 150 Nepali engineers, who were equipped with the latest surveying techniques.

Leonie Grover, T&T Associate Director (pictured) said: "I’m returning to Nepal full of excitement, but under no illusions about the scale of the task that awaits me.

"Turner & Townsend’s previous work for DFID in Nepal was all about training Nepali engineers and surveyors and helping the country to prepare for the worst.  

"Now the worst has happened, the importance of our work has been thrown into sharp relief. Working with colleagues from Ramboll, DFID, and Nepal, we have a crucial role to play in helping the Nepali government to repair and rebuild several essential hospitals."

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