ERDC IRO facilitates Nepal Airport disaster response plan

Published Oct. 26, 2012
Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.

Oct. 26, 2012

Public Affairs Office

KATHMANDU, Nepal–ERDC’s International Research Office (IRO) provided support to an airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on behalf of the U.S. Pacific Command for a disaster response plan.

Supported by a grant facilitated by the IRO, Earthquake Engineering Research Facility Professor and Director Dr. Carlos Ventura at the University of British Columbia (UBC), created a disaster response plan for the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, which was prepared and delivered to the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority.

The study, conducted by a team of experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, UBC, and the Federal Aviation Administration, includes earthquake emergency procedures for the airport, an emergency land-use operation map, surface liquefaction potential map and rapid runway repair procedures.

The plan also has numerous appendices and recommendations to ensure the airfield can regain operations as soon as possible after an earthquake.

Ventura’s grant was provided by the IRO on behalf of the US Pacific Command.