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CAT Timber Construction After Disasters

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Shelter and Construction Consultants facilitated a practical workshop at Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth, Mid-Wales. The week long workshop required the MSc students to design and test a Temporary Learning Space with 2×1 timber batons and basic tools that they would receive from a humanitarian organisation after a disaster. They also looked at timber, […]


Testing Trench Liners

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Shelter and Construction Consultants recently helped Oxfam with testing trench liners in Mid Wales. There has been ongoing research into trench liners for the first phase of response in humanitarian emergencies, looking for a product that can withstand unstable soils, is easily transported, lightweight, cost effective and easy to use. The liners were tested from […]


Shelter After Disaster – Oxford Brookes Construction Practical

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

On February the 3rd Shelter and Construction assisted Charles Parrack and Bill Flynn, tutors at Oxford Brookes, to facilitate a practical session for students on the ‘Shelter After Disasters‘ course. The students were provided with an introduction to construction principles that increase risk reduction. This included looking at how timber performs and ways to provide […]


Oxfam Sanitation Project

Friday, December 13th, 2013

We are currently working with Coventry University to develop an emergency latrine, this is being supported by an initiative by Oxfam . The intention is to produce a lightweight robust latrine that requires no specialist tools to construct and is packaged so that it is easy to transport and can be carried by two people. […]


Timber Frame Construction After Disasters

Friday, December 13th, 2013

In partnership with Oxford Brookes and Coventry University we have been researching the possible application of this construction system for post disaster timber construction. Open Panel, Platform, Timber Frame is well established construction system that maximises performance using minimum materials, requiring few skills to manufacture and construct. There are a number of advantages: Only one […]


EWB Shelter After Disaster

Friday, December 6th, 2013

In association with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Oxford Brookes University and Clarity Security Shelter and Construction facilitated a weekend training and practical experience for young engineers, architects, students and others. Based on a conflict related disaster the participants were put in group each with a different scenario to provide and insight into single headed households, […]


CAT Shelter After Disasters

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Shelter and Construction Consultants facilitated a four day shelter practical workshop in July at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth mid-Wales. The course was for Postgraduate students wishing to learn more about the issues surrounding shelter after disaster. Students of a variety of nationalities attended the course. We were looking at the physical aspects […]


Timber Workshop

Friday, January 18th, 2013

SCC is currently in the process of creating a technical resource for timber construction in recovery.  SCC will be hosting a practical workshop (at the end of January) to investigate the practicalities of some of the details of this handbook by constructing a model shelter.  The workshop will principally look at the structural elements of […]


Timber Construction in Recovery – A Technical Handbook

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Timber Construction in Recovery: A Technical Handbook Background Timber is frequently used as a material in shelter recovery and for the construction of schools, clinics and other public buildings. These buildings often need to be designed to withstand earthquake and high wind loads, and to avoid fungal and insect damage.  There are a number of […]


Classroom modules for Haiti – Feasibility proposals

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Classroom modules for Haiti – feasibility proposals: SCC has specialist knowledge of timber frame design and manufacture.  To assist in decision making about the construction of transitional shelters and buildings in Haiti after the earthquake, a short concept document was produced and provided to the Shelter Cluster. Timber frame is a rapid and robust construction […]