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Engineers Without Borders on island providing advice and support

by: Dominica Vibes News - December 6, 2017
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Representative from Engineers without Borders, Mike Paddock

Engineers Without Borders are on island to provide support and advice to the Ministry of Housing and the Planning Division.

Representative from Engineers without Borders, Mike Paddock speaking during the final workshop on Building Codes in Roseau on Tuesday 5 December 2017, said they try to assist by giving the best building techniques that they have seen from countries who have been in similar situations as Dominica.

Participants at Tuesday’s workshop

“We are here at the invitation of the Ministry of Housing and Planning to provide support and advice to them so that we can move though this reconstruction process as quickly as possible. We started with a building damage assessment. We have about 20,00 structures completed on the island and by the end of the year hopefully we will have all of them completed and that information has helped us inform some of the changes that we are talking about at these trainings,” Paddock stated.

The plan he said is to update the guides and have more inspections and reviews during the building.

“So what the strategy is to take that information, update our guide with the best practices that you builders have been using. And the plan is to move forward with a process where we are going to have more technical assistances, plan reviews as well as inspections during the project or during the reconstruction,” Paddock explained.