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AIBC – PDBA Training Workshop 2023

April 13, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Mark your calendars: the AIBC is hosting the Post-Disaster Building Assessment (PDBA) Training Workshop virtually on April 13 and 20, 2023.

AIBC registrants, architectural students and those with building construction expertise who are interested in participating in Post-Disaster Building Assessment are required to take training that aligns with the provincial and international protocols and standards. Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to register with BC Housing as a post-disaster building assessor.

Learn more and Register for the Post-Disaster Building Assessment Training Workshop

PDBA Training Workshop Overview

Taking place over two half-days, the workshop will prepare participants to perform rapid post-disaster building assessments. Workshop content includes an introduction to the following:

-Earthquake hazards, building types, and common forms of construction in British Columbia,

-Instruction on structural basics, in the context of post-disaster building assessments, with a focus on seismic risk,

-Overview of different levels of response, including the regional context of the Lower Mainland,

-Overview of the ATC-20 and BC Housing field guides.

Attendees will also learn about relevant case studies and hear from field experts about their experiences with PDBA. Representatives from BC Housing and City of Vancouver will provide updates regarding preparedness initiatives and anticipated response strategies.

A series of exercises will be part of the training to help participants apply some of the concepts to case studies and prepare for their role as a PDBA assessor. Be prepared to share and contribute your thoughts, have your cameras and mics on when needed, and collaborate with others during group work.

Register by April 9, 2023

Date: Thursday, April 13 and 20, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: $350 + GST
Learning Units: 8 Core
Register by April 9, 2023

This session will be presented by members of Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd: Dennis Gam, M.Eng. P.Eng. Principal,; Adam Lubell, PhD, P.Eng. Associate,; and James Munro, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., PE (CA), Principal.

Additional presenters include: Robyn Fenton Architect AIBC, AIBC Post-Disaster Liaison; Kelly Anderson, P.Eng. CP, Manager of the Building Review Branch of the City of Vancouver; Saul Schwebs Architect AIBC, CBO and Director of Building Policy, Inspections & Bylaw Services of the City of Vancouver; and Pat Cullen, Security and Emergency Services Coordinator, BC Housing.


Read about the Post-Disaster Building Assessment Program


April 13, 2023
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Registration Deadline:
April 10