Support for Izmir meetings on reconstruction

iiSBE has been asked to help in organising a series of meetings in Izmir focusing on the sustainable reconstruction of earthquake-damaged areas in Turkey. The meetings will take place during the period April 26-29.

The principal organiser is Dr. Ilker Kahraman, who is Head of the Chamber of Architects İzmir Branch, lecturer at İzmir Univeristy of Economics and representative of İİSBE in Turkey.

Beta version of iiSBE Damage Assessment tool

We attach a beta version of a damage assessment file we have been working on with our European colleagues. The file is intended to provide a way for building-sector professionals in Ukraine and adjacent European countries to develop approximate estimates of damage to urban areas or buildings caused by military action.

The system is also designed to allow damage assessments of earthquakes or climate change impacts, such as windstorms, wildfire areas, sea level rise, riverine flooding, urban heat islands.

iiSBE releases 2022 Annual Report

Our Annual Report, which has been previously issued before the end of the calendar year, comes a month or so later than usual, but iiSBE has been busy and productive in 2022.

In this report you will read about some of our key activities and achievements in 2022 including:

* Support for sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine
* The WSBE and SBE Conference series
* The new CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) on TRAIN4SUSTAIN Competency Standard
* The WG on Research & Tools (WG R&T) and recent developments in SBTool and SNTool.

WSBE23 Montreal conference delayed to early 2024

The organisers of the WSBE23 Montreal conference, which was scheduled to take place on September 27 – 29, 2023, has now been delayed to the Spring of 2024, probably late May or very early June.

A definite consequence is a delay in deadline for submission of paper abstracts. The deadline had been Monday, December 5 and has now been pushed off to April 5, 2023. You can find details at https://wsbe23.ca/program/program-abstract/.

Tool to assess urban and building damage - Update

We recently provided news of a draft Excel tool to provide crude assessments of damage to urban areas and buildings caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We have made the tool more user friendly and, equally important, we have improved the sections that deal with the impact of natural phenomena, including earthquakes and climate change impacts.

The tool can be operated in English, Ukrainian, Polish, French, Spanish, German and Turkish.

We have now also prepared an explanatory file.