An engineering geotechnical team from MU will travel to Peru next month to help the country rebuild some of the cities that were hit hardest by the magnitude 8.0 earthquake that struck on August 15th.
Coastal towns south of the capital of Lima, including Ica and Pisco, were among those that reported the greatest damage.
Brent Rosenblad, an assistant professor of civil engineering, will lead a team whose mission is to aid Peruvian officials in deciding safe locations on which to rebuild.
“It’ll be challenging working in an area that has been so devastated,” said Rosenblad. “We’ll be staying pretty far from the area that we’re working in since some cities have been well destroyed.”
Rosenbland will be accompanied by a two students, as well as Jim Bay, a Utah State University geotechnical associate professor and former colleague. The group will depart the United States on October 4th and spend about two weeks in the country.
The trip comes as a result of an agreement between MU’s Civil/Environmental Engineering Department and Centro Regional de Sismologia para America del Sur (CERESIS), a group of South American countries concerned with seismological research.
After the earthquake, CERESIS requested the assistance of a team from MU’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Geotechnics.
According to Rosenblad, the team will bring their own equipment, including data acquisition devices and censors that are called geophones that measure ground vibrations.
“We’ll go to the effected cities and test selected sites where reconstruction is necessary and be able to tell them the quality of the ground,” said Rosenblad.