Invitation: Technology-Driven Disaster Response: Insights from the Beirut 2020 Explosion
Thursday, February 29th at 3:00 pm EST (Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS)
Historic sites and cultural landmarks face increasing threats from disasters, highlighting the urgency of their conservation. The Beirut explosion in August 2020, ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and Türkiye-Syria earthquakes in 2023 exemplify this. Often, inadequate disaster preparedness hampers recovery efforts, and damaged heritage sites face slow restoration. This presentation introduces a methodology using digital technology for rapid assessment of historical structures post-disaster. Focusing on the Beirut Blast case study, it discusses the benefits of 3D image-based modeling in disaster recovery and decision-making. This approach accelerates the transition to recovery, emphasizing digital technology’s critical role in protecting cultural heritage against unforeseen disasters.