Rapid Relief: A Prefabricated Response
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As illustrated by the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy, the disaster response phases do not entail an effective or standard procedure for rebuilding damaged and destroyed residences. I propose the implementation of prefabricated construction techniques with the utilization of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology into the rebuild phase that would proceed throughout the entire duration of disaster recovery, starting with the immediate respondents. My research provides a variation of sample projects ranging from previous buildings erected in response to a hurricane to prefabricated projects that are able to be assembled rather than constructed. With these projects, I am able to analyze their construction methods in order to determine an adequate proposal for disaster reconstruction. My belief is that a standardized procedure would allow for an expedited response time, a structured addressing of the needs of the affected residents, and a sufficient start to the reconstruction of the victim’s futures.
Gohmert, Brent Cole (2013). Rapid Relief: A Prefabricated Response. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from