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New 2016:

Seismic Building Codes in the Himalaya Region. Questions & Answers Related to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. (May 2016). 37 pages. 3.3 MB 

Abstract.  Where do these earthquakes occur?  What is the purpose of the seismic code and the relation with the building code?  What are the differences between seismic codes of other countries?  What variables exist in a seismic code?  What technical and/or administrative measurements need to be taken to make the code effective?  How does this information translate to a country as Nepal ? 

Technical Working Paper #12 on Earthquake Retrofitting Non-Engineered Low-Rise Buildings. Including non-engineered retrofitting of traditional Pamiri Houses in Pakistan and Tajikistan. 5.3 MB, 50 pages. 

Earthquake resistant masonry practical guide by  Sjoerd Nienhuys and Carlos Naranjo, Spanish.  Mamposteria Reforzada, INEN, 22.4MB, 53pag.    Explanation of the earthquake resistant code of Ecuador with sketches. 1978.  80 pages.


Guia Popular de Construccion Sismoresistente INEN, Ing Sjoerd Nienhuys & Ing Carlos Naranjo, 4MB  85 pages. Spanish.  Ecuador, simplified advice on house design based on internationally available documentation,

Ecuador, detailed advice on reinforced masonry construction for simple housing, based on international documentation. Guia de Practica. INEN, Ing. Sjoerd Nienhuys and Ing. Carlos Naranjo, 23 MB, 55 pages. Spanish.

Galvanised Wire-mesh Reinforcement  (GWR) for traditional dressed stone construction houses in the HimalayasDetailed information about the use of Galvanised Wire Mesh Reinforcement is explained in this paper. 4.2 MB, 35 pages Oct. 2010

Primary School Design Remote Areas         In Pakistan I realised improved Design for Mountain Schools in Remote Areas 6MB,45 pages, making them lightweight, thus better earthquake resistant. The buildings had an improved internal climate through solar heat intake, double glass and thermal roof/wall insulation.   This is an updated version (2008) of an earlier document, including more pictures.     

Earthquake Damage Kashmir       After the Kashmir earthquake (2005) basic findings and recommendation are presented about the construction problems in a Mission Report, including detail about GWR. 3.3 MB, 24 pages.


A-Frame Timber School Chair Design. 14 pages, 1.68 MB (October 2013)   Strong (Timber) School Chair for Schools not yet Seismically Strengthened.

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Technical Advise Reconstruction.   After the 13 December 1982 earthquake In Yemen Arab Republic I designed an improved building system for the Dhamar aided self-help reconstruction project (1983-1985). Seismic reinforced stone construction. 



Foreman Manuel, section Two, Walls. 6.6 MB, 35 pages, all illustrations.


Foreman Manual, section Four, Completion.    pages, all illustrations





Collapsed building after the April and May 2015 earthquakes in Kathmandu, Nepal
Teaching of the survivors in a collapsed school 2005. Balakot earthquake in Pakistan.

Historic temple in Nepal.

In Nepal (2003) I studied the technical options for Reconstruction and Retrofitting of Historic Pagoda Temples. 3.4MB, 39 pages.   The paper provides some existing and alternative technical solutions related to reducing its weight and improving stability. 


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Post-disaster housing and infrastructure reconstruction was realised after the 26 December 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka (Jaffna and Mullaitivu districts) and Indonesia (Banda Aceh province and Nias Island).  In Indonesia (Banda Aceh, 2007) I made an essessment on the earthquake engineering aspects of the post-tsunami reconstruction.

Earthquake resistant construction methods Pakistan and Tajikistan (1999-2011), Indonesia (2005) and Nepal (2001-2003) 

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Schetsen van Groningse aardbeving problematiek bij huizen en boerderijen
Narajan Tempel in Nepal after restauration.