Field investigation missions visit the earthquake site around two to three weeks after the earthquake and stay for about seven days.
It is usually not practical to visit the site any earlier as the emergency relief operations are in progress. Furthermore it takes time to select the team and for academics’ funding applications to be processed by EPSRC. An essential part of the mission is that the team produce a report of their findings.
Part of EEFIT’s role is to train engineers in fieldwork, so the team usually consists of both academics and practitioners, representing a range of expertise and experience.
EEFIT members are given priority when selecting the mission team, although non-members of EEFIT will be considered (they will need to join EEFIT to participate in field missions).
Once the EEFIT Management Committee has decided that a mission would be appropriate, EEFIT members will receive an email inviting expressions of interest in joining the mission team and are asked to detail their background, skills and availability.
The EEFIT secretary acts as the contact point whilst applications are being considered. All applicants will be informed of progress.
When the team leader has been appointed they will co-ordinate arrangements.
Team members have to arrange their own travel and finance the trip themselves although academics usually apply for funding from EPSRC to cover flights, hotels, equipment, etc.
Soon after return from the mission, the team present their preliminary findings to the wider EEFIT membership at a meeting at The Institution of Structural Engineers.
All mission reports can be accessed via the reports page.