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Translated Construction Booklet


Translated Construction Booklet

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The Booklet Itself

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Here's the original Spanish version of the booklet we're working with: Cartilla_Albanileria_v03.pdf. And here's the English version that was found thanks to The New Haiti Project: English Booklet If you'd like to help translate this document, please contact John Rigdon and Mark Behnke for assignments.

Discussion Forum

Proposed Inclusion of Confined Masonry Construction Booklet to the National Institute of Building Sciences Haiti Toolkit 3 Replies

Here is the NIBS Haiti Toolkit news and information site following their three-hour webinar guided by the requirements to tender guidance to USAID and it's parent US State Department: …Continue

Started by Derek Xava. Last reply by Greg Hale Jun 14, 2010.

Before Adapting Materials First Establish Relationships on the Ground 8 Replies

Since I saw the flurry of activity around translating Marciel's training materials for confined masonry construction, I made the mistake of assuming that there was some due diligence about…Continue

Tags: Haiti, educational, materials, masonry, confined

Started by Marla Petal. Last reply by alan scouten Apr 26, 2010.

Project Management for Haiti Rewired 30 Replies

THIS HEADER WILL BE UPDATED AS A SUMMARY OF THE DISCUSSIONS BELOW:UPDATE #2: (Mar. 16th) We've decided to give Wiggio a go, at least for the time being to see how it works out:You can get there by…Continue

Started by Stewart McIntosh. Last reply by Stewart McIntosh Mar 16, 2010.

Construction Booklet Visual Redesign 112 Replies

This group is for the nitty gritty details of book's redesign. We can gather here to discuss planning/logistics (work distribution, scheduling); illustrations; layout; typesetting; production; and…Continue

Tags: construction, graphic, visual, rebuilding, design

Started by Julietta Cheung. Last reply by Derek Xava Mar 13, 2010.

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Comment by Karl Johnson on September 13, 2010 at 4:00pm
Mortar recipes for Bruce:

The Haiti Rebuilding 101 Manual put out by Architecture for Humanity recommends 1 part cement, 1/4 part lime, 3 parts sand plus enough water that the mix becomes pliable and consistent.

You can check out the rest of our manual (and it's cool diagrams) and current news and projects on the Open Architecture Network. I've been meaning for a long time to write into Rewired but work never seems to let up around here!
Comment by Emma Jacobs on June 15, 2010 at 11:37am

Totally a parallel set of issues.

Have you talked with Julietta about illustrations? She probably has contacts. I would also think about asking Marla, who's on here, if she can suggest someone to work with who she may have used in the past.
Comment by bruce christensen on June 15, 2010 at 9:57am
Thank you for these insights... We are struggling with how to communicate the batching recipes for our new concrete mixer. We have been thinking of using simple line art to explain the loading of the batch box.
It is hard to know what is the correct way to demonstrate the process correctly.
This issue is problematic when there are variations in mix recipes for foundations, walls and slabs.
Our goal is to create a mixer and batching system that will assist the Haitian worker in producing a more consistent concrete mixture. We have created a dosing box that can be filled by shovel or bucket. This box has dividers that separate sand and rock in proportions, before being dumped into the mixing chamber.
Demonstrating the steps to put in water, a bag of cement and the correct sand and stone can be a challenging art project.
Do you know of someone who could assist us in drawing out simple instructions for the Haitians?
Comment by Emma Jacobs on June 14, 2010 at 10:57pm
This was initiated largely thinking of you guys: http://haitirewired.wired.com/profiles/blogs/dos-and-donts-for-tech...
Comment by bruce christensen on May 11, 2010 at 7:48pm
I have been attempting to find a common recipe for concrete and the current documents have variations. How are we going to see that the poor quality of concrete that was used in Haiti is not repeated?
Is there a standard for making sure that the aggregates are of a quality that can produce good concrete?
Comment by Derek Xava on April 22, 2010 at 8:17pm
Thanks Karl Johnson, AFH Design Fellow, for hooking us up with this:

"April: Building Walls and Opening Doors"
Here is a promised excerpt from Architecture For Humanity's newsletter including info on their new Rebuilding Center and Rebuilding 101 Manual, both of which I think we'll find to be evolving and highly effective concepts. They've already been funding the AIDG workshops below with work from this group.

"Haiti: Shelter From The Storm"
"Our rebuilding center is now operational with a fantastic team, led by Eric Cesal (our three-time returnee). To date we've done dozens of site assessments and have met with a number of our local project partners. Design work is imminent and we are hoping to start construction post-hurricane season. Our Rebuilding 101 Manual and earthquake housing manual seems to be in the hands of every non-profit and we've even had people recommend them to us!

"Over the past two months 500 masons have been trained by partner AIDG and the team recently helped JP HR/O at the Petionville CC IDP camp relocate an emergency school and put flooring in their makeshift hospital. Our team was lucky enough to be on site during the arrival of Nicole, the camps 71st baby. In the next month we will start work designing a permanent secondary and high school in Port au Prince and a series of smaller educational structures. We will be tapping a number of firms who participated in the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge.

"We are still in need of a few things including:
Trucks, pref Toyota pickups. If you can get one to New Orleans or Miami, we can sort out shipping. The cost of renting a vehicle in Haiti is huge.
Volunteers. There are dozens of smaller projects in need of some on the ground support. If you want to spend a few weeks or months with us, email our Haiti team and we'll find a spot for you.

"We have: Accommodation, including security, internet access and a backup generator."
Comment by Derek Xava on April 22, 2010 at 4:57pm
For all of you that may not know, San Francisco engineer and instrumental Haiti Rewired contributor on confined masonry techniques Tim Hart has been working with the Confined Masonry Network to improve upon and propose adaption of the Blondet book for inclusion into the NIBS Haiti Toolkit. His Draft document (posted at the RewiredConstructionBooklet project wiggio) represents some confined masonry experts' advice on how to adapt the Blondet book on fired brick masonry to Haitian available concrete masonry.

NIBS Haiti Toolkit inclusion is significant for now as so far no other construction method has been formally proposed there (I had up to now tentatively proposed confined masonry for urban as well as woven earthbag construction for rural conditions), and yet NIBS is the only advisory board that we know of that is institutionally responsible to the US State Department for .... The State Department, and therefore USAID funding, is not beholden to NIBS. In fact I'm pleased to see the level of international cooperation extended at the Donor conference regarding how the US spends its own money. But NIBS inclusion of confined masonry techniques in its Toolkit due to be released this summer is a way to prevent USAID money being siphoned off in backroom emails to stateside building trades interests for portable prefab solutions. These solutions typically leave little resource for sustainable Haitian replication or education, and most are unsound in CAT 4/5 storms.

Several of us at Haiti Rewired joined the NIBS Haiti Toolkit with public encouragement here to not let it be simply a zombie portal. It now has some Draft blood.

Meanwhile, and back to our specific interest with this engineering input, we now have relatively comprehensive expert advice for improving the final phase of the Confined Masonry Tool group's work in the overall booklet translation and contextualization effort. This is identified as Part 4 in Stewart's Project Management of our work. Please refer to him where this work will be done as we are taking a similar breather to the one Cat mentioned regarding AIDG. We are recalculating this new input as well as the best appropriate work teams/software platforms. Julietta is the lead on this and Stewart is directing us all in the best ways to help her. New input at the scale of these draft guidelines is incomplete and untranslated, and it is not something that can be assimilated overnight.

Nevertheless, in the absence of building codes in Haiti, we must look to such sound and well-intentioned engineering advice as is presented in these design guidelines. It does not necessarily have the same audience as our work, but is based in large part on the Blondet book graphical approach. I can see already that our own latest revisions, especially those from Craig Totten's KPFF-AIDG teams, can in fact improve this new Draft document. The Degenkolb engineers, Nathan Proper, Sergio Palleroni and others all have comments to be considered as well.

Just so we all hear thi and can explore: there are rumors of actually two parallel and possibly duplicative efforts to actually write Haitian Building Code. One led by the ICC (which maintains the IBC and thus the backbone of most developed country building code) and one funded by the Haitian government, which we could all be comforted by in the long run.

I believe that anyone with any role at USAID can at least hopenow for State Department authorization for cash funding for initiatives like Cat Lainé's AIDG suggestions below. This hope can be based on either the proactive efforts already in play or by assurance that confined masonry mya indeed be endorsed by major building science institutions. I would likewise suggest again that USAID invest significantly in industrial level Haitian concrete block production to meet strength requirements of, as Nathan Proper has suggested, "at least in the 15 MPa range". Hopefully, USAID investment will just represent one country's move to do so.

This from Tim Hart:

"The Confined Masonry Network has completed the DRAFT version of our design guidelines for confined masonry, which I posted on to the Wiggio and Haiti Toolkit [link added] web sites this morning in the hopes that it'll be useful in the efforts to create a tool for confined masonry in Haiti. Please take a look and let me know if you have any comments or questions. The document is still in draft form so suggestions for improvement are welcome."
Comment by Cat Lainé on April 22, 2010 at 12:45am
Hey folks, Cat Laine from AIDG here. Right now we're looking for funding to continue both the structural assessment work with KPFF and mason's trainings. We're pretty stretched thin on the ground in Haiti and need funds for vehicles, more staff, airfare, construction materials, etc etc. One piece of good news is that we might get additional logistical (though not cash) support from UNOPS that will help take some load off staff.

As for the mason's trainings, Architecture for Humanity funded this first round on our end. We want to continue as they are going really well, but again it all depends on cash. Here are our goals. We want to do these prelim trainings with 10,000 people over the next 10 months. Our initial goal was 3,000, but we're moving at a good clip at the moment and think we can bump that number up to 10,000. Overall we're estimating it'll cost us $190-$250K to pull it off.

Re Volunteers
We will need additional volunteer masons, but hold off on sending resumes/letters just yet. Our team is taking a 2 week pause from the trainings because ... well they've been working full tilt for a while now and need to regroup/have a breather.

Thanks for all your hard work on the materials. This is really good and necessary work that you all are doing. We would not have been able to get moving so quickly without you all taking the lead on this.

Some training pics from Haiti: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aidg/sets/72157623892195668/
Comment by Derek Xava on April 21, 2010 at 1:51pm
@Nathan, Thanks! I passed on your request for a specific contact; I had been hesitant yet to ask.

I guess it sounds like the AIDG Haiti presence is understandably inundated at the moment, but I'm also passing along to them the idea of coordinating their future training efforts (KPFF is wrapping up soon with their own teams that have been sent down & overlapping I think almost every week now since early March) with the eventual completed Part 4 work here, and thus perhaps even with the AFH's plans for literature and educational outreach (Karl Johnson articulates this). This is one way you can even ensure that your own comments & precautions are rolled in via Stewart and this booklet's wiggio's work. More soon, if not from me then from AIDG or Stewart.
Comment by Nathan Proper on April 21, 2010 at 1:10pm
Good news! Is there a contact for AIDG if NGOs in Haiti are interested in sending local masons to train with them?


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