At Miyamoto, we provide crucial pre- and post-disaster activities worldwide. This includes hazard-, risk- and damage assessments, preparedness planning, technical platforms, training programs, and the development of reconstruction strategies.

We are a leading provider in engineering & construction consultancy services

International Development Work
New Zealand

At Miyamoto, we provide crucial pre- and post-disaster activities worldwide. This includes hazard-, risk- and damage assessments, preparedness planning, technical platforms, training programs, and the development of reconstruction strategies.

Our team has responded to over one hundred natural disaster events over the past thirty years. During this time, we designed damage assessment programs for clients in many countries, including New Zealand, Istanbul, Romania, Manila, Haiti, Mongolia, and Indonesia. We’ve carried out earthquake, storm, and landslide assessments throughout New Zealand in response to the Kaikoura quake and the Cyclone Cook and Cyclone Debbie events.

We pride ourselves on our proven approach to disaster management. Our teams have successfully led complex, multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary teams in trying environments both in New Zealand and internationally.

Our project management style is the fundamental basis of our effective and responsive approach to every disaster we’ve responded to. We have the proven ability to respond to both small- and large-scale sudden events quickly and efficiently. Our team consists of experienced project leaders with a track record of leading projects that span over several years from first engagement to closeout.

International Development Work | Miyamoto Engineers MZ
International Development Work | Miyamoto Engineers MZ

Decades of experience…

With decades of combined experience in the assessment and remediation of natural disaster loss, we can also provide an experienced and independent opinion to assess if there are grounds to support or challenge decisions made by others regarding building or land issues.

The majority of our professionals have completed significant thesis and research projects as part of their university studies and are skilled at researching issues, identifying key problems, and developing solutions for major industry projects.

Some of our recent work:

  • In Istanbul, Turkey, Miyamoto International worked on a World Bank and European Union-funded USD 1 billion earthquake risk-mitigation project involving more than 2,000 schools, hospitals, emergency response centres, and historic monuments. Integrating with Turkish engineers, academicians, and international engineers, we developed a guideline for seismic rehabilitation by using the latest U.S., Japanese and Turkish codes.
  • In Haiti, we worked with the Ministry of Public Works, UNOPS and Pan American Development Foundation to conduct an earthquake damage assessment program on an unprecedented 400,000 buildings and damaged or at-risk schools. We set up a technical platform and trained 600 Haitian engineers under extreme, post-disaster conditions. This program was the world’s first to use a personal digital assistant (PDA) database management technique to provide real-time information to key disaster response and recovery organizations. 

  • In Romania, we provided a quality control program for earthquake engineering and construction in 14 different counties. This project includes monitoring design and construction seismic retrofit solutions in addition to construction supervision of 84 individual projects including key public-sector institutions and emergency response centres. This program has come to be the cornerstone of the earthquake disaster mitigation program for the region.

  • In 2015-2016, the World Bank tasked Miyamoto International with performing a preliminary assessment of the seismic risk to public school buildings in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as the government wanted to be proactive in mitigating against earthquake disaster, particularly in schools. Once the preliminary assessment was complete, we performed a Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment for the prioritisation of public school buildings. The final report also provided an assessment of the cost of retrofitting priority school buildings, we also developed official guidelines for the government for the seismic retrofitting of public schools in Ulaanbaatar City. 
  • In Aceh, Indonesia in 2017-2018, Miyamoto conducted a seismic vulnerability assessment of 246 school buildings following the 2016 earthquake. Field data was collected for 246 school buildings to assess similar construction typology, for which fragility functions and fatality ratios for each damage state were prepared. The probabilistic analysis was conducted to estimate fatalities; findings demonstrated that 10 percent of the worst-performing school buildings would contribute to 25 percent of fatalities. Miyamoto also recommended design standards for future design and construction.
  • In Nepal, Miyamoto International conducted an earthquake structural and geotechnical damage assessment of Nepal’s main trekking routes after the 2015 earthquake. The assessment of Annapurna included the assessment of 250 kilometers of trekking routes for geotechnical hazards, structural evaluation of more than 250 village accommodations and 30 bridges. At Everest, we provided geotechnical assessments for landslide and other risks, assessed 710 village accommodations and 9 bridges. The project addressed life-safety issues and provided the information to safely reopen Annapurna and Everest trekking routes, critical for Nepal’s economic recovery. The team also provided recommendations on repairs and risk mitigation.

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