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Post-Disaster Building Assessment Training Workshop

May 9 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The AIBC is hosting the 2024 Spring Post-Disaster Building Assessment (PDBA) Training Workshop virtually on May 9 and 16, 2024.

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.

The deadline to register for the Workshop is May 1, 2024.

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 overview of the following:

  • Earthquake hazards, building types, and common forms of construction in British Columbia
  • Structural basics, in the context of post-disaster building assessments, with a focus on seismic risk
  • Different levels of response, including the regional context of the Lower Mainland
  • 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 on preparedness initiatives and anticipated response strategies.

A series of exercises will be part of the training to help participants apply  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. Registration cost includes hard copies of the ATC-20 and ATC-45 manuals.

Register by May 1, 2024

Date: Thursday, May 9 and 16, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: $375 + GST
Learning Units: 8 Core
Registration: Register online by May 1, 2024

This session will be presented by members of Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd: Dennis Gam, M.Eng. P.Eng. Principal; Adam Lubell, PhD, P.Eng., Struct.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.


May 9
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Learning Units (LUs):
8 Core