Onesvie provides the country with 53 engineering and architecture professionals prepared to evaluate buildings

Onesvie provides the country with 53 engineering and architecture professionals prepared to evaluate buildings
Onesvie provides the country with 53 engineering and architecture professionals prepared to evaluate buildings

Santo Domingo.- A total of 53 engineering and architecture professionals30 men and 23 women, belonging to the Nucleus of Civil Engineers of the Dominican College of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (crust) were certified and are enabled to contribute to the Assessing the vulnerability of buildings before and after an earthquake. These professionals will become part of the Dominican Network of Structural Evaluators (REED) and the Bank of Evaluators.

Engineers and architects graduated from the Diploma in Building Assessment, They exhausted 48 theoretical-practical hours in the management and use of the Standardized Methodology for Building Evaluation which focuses on streamlining the evaluation and data collection processes before and after a earthquakedetermination and quantification of disaster riskprioritization of evaluation measures for critical infrastructures.

Onesvie and the institutions participating in the training thus reaffirm their commitment to making the process of building assessment In our country.

Training and instruction fell under the responsibility of the National Office for Seismic Assessment and Vulnerability of Infrastructure and Buildings (Onesvie)the Dominican College of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (crust) and the National Emergency Commission (CNE)through the Project Pregeri-RD that finances the European Union and the certification of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (Intec).

Leonardo Reyes Woodgeneral director of Onesvie expressed that it is of utmost importance for the Dominican Republic that engineering and architecture professionals strengthen their skills to assist preventive agencies in the task of pre- and post-earthquake evaluation.

“We are pleased to have achieved another milestone in the task of assessing vulnerability in buildings, infrastructure and lifelines in the country. Today we reached the total of 100 evaluators and we continue towards a goal of a thousand,” he said. Kings Wood.

“We need help with prevention, help to visualize weaknesses, help to detect problems, and have the ability to resolve them before the earthquake hits.”

“We have made the effort to raise awareness among the participants of the course about the importance of prevention, in order to have resilient buildings and guarantee the safety of every Dominican,” The director of Onesvie also pointed out.

“You will be the voice of alert, you will be able and qualified to accompany the State relief agencies in the arduous task of pre- and post-disaster assessment, in addition to being multipliers of prevention messages, which guarantee true resilience. For the first time in the Dominican Republic, we will stop guessing to know what can happen in any of our buildings, both in the public and private sectors,” he pointed out.

Finally, he thanked the European Union, Codia, Intec, the Nucleus of Civil Engineers, Civil Defense, the ProgeriRD project, the graduates and each of the institutions involved in the realization and completion of the Diploma in Structural Evaluation of Buildings, for the interest shown.

While Juan Salaspresident of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) and executive director of Civil Defense (DC) indicated that from the institutions he directs he continues to articulate actions that contribute to a preventive risk culture. He also said that the graduation of the second version of the Diploma of Building Evaluation strengthens the prerogatives of the Law 147-02 on Disaster Risk Management. In this regard, he congratulated the 53 new engineering and architecture professionals who will have the capacity and training to address the problem of seismic vulnerability in the country.

While, Allie Ortegavice-rector of Administration and Finance of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, expressed that for the university Training is essentialsince it is the way to contribute to the development of the country.

“INTEC’s triple Elipse philosophy is to work not only with the State, but also with companies, societies and associations such as Codia, to achieve initiatives that contribute to institutional strengthening and the common good of each Dominican.”

He valued that among the 53 graduates there are 23 womenwhich means that in the Dominican Republic they work in the Eliminating gender bias and motivated them to be multipliers of preventive actions to reduce the impact of disaster risk.

For its part, Yanelba Abreuadministrator of the Progeri-RD project, valued the effort of each of the graduates, the support of the European Union and of all the institutions involved in the development of each of the stages of the training program.

“The training effort began in 2015 with the launch of the Prever tool, making it easier for executives from the European Union to show interest in implementing the training and development programme for professionals through Onesvie.”

Juan Antonio Villar Gonzalezpresident of Codia, thanked the participation of the members and the institutions involved in the training, while expressing that it should be continue working on preventionHe also reported that the training initiative was the result of an inter-institutional agreement between his entity, Onesvie and the other institutions involved, seeking to strengthen capacities in seismic evaluation of buildings, infrastructure and vital lines.

He said that Codia is an advisor to the State and the members of the union are Guardians of the Public Interestwhich is why he urged them to continue training their skills to help in each of the preventive actions that are executed to minimize the risk.

During the course, the following stood out in the face-to-face modality: the civil engineer Frinet Muñoz Espinalfrom the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (Intec), and the civil engineer Cyprian Tapia Dislafrom Codia, headquarters.

The data on the members of the REED will be in the so-called Bank of Evaluatorss, at the disposal of the Dominican State through governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in prevention, mitigation, response, rehabilitation and recovery actions in the face of natural events.

The event was held on Saturday, July 6, in the Ana Mercedes Henríquez auditorium of the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (INTEC) and was attended by representatives of state and private institutions, members of civil society and special guests.

About Onesvie

Is a institution attached to the presidency of the Republicwhich has the mission of evaluating buildings, infrastructures and vital lines at a national level and in this way Protecting the lives of citizens through technical and educational proceduresThe services offered are available to both public and private institutions, as well as to individual citizens.

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