THINKlab is part of a new project which is supporting the application of digital technologies which are helping to achieve sustainable management in refugee camps around the world with research being conducted at Al Baqa’a Refugee Camp.
Project partners are engaging with local stakeholders and residents in the Al Baqa’a Refugee Camp which is situated north of the Jordanian capital Amman and is the home to approximately 12,0000 Palestinian refugees who are registered through the United Nations. It is the largest refugee informal city in Jordan.
The project is building a prototype location to ensure diversity and inclusion in the selection of the participants which will create a holistic approach to the development of a City Information Modelling prototype database. City information modelling, building information modelling and geographic information systems technologies are being used to transfer knowledge on the use of cross-cutting applications to achieve better and more sustainable urban management.
The City Information Modelling System will observe and document water management and water sewage system to produce a prototype demonstrating the potential of city information modelling to develop and implement more sustainable urban management and strategies. The project team are applying a variety of digital technologies including underground and terrestrial laser scanning to develop an accurate network of pipes for the sewage system and water system at the Al Baqa’a camp. It will build on the data collected through scanning digital technologies which have captured water usage data by Al Baqa’a wider residents across the camp.
The project is contributing to improving the services in the Al Baqa’a refugee area by providing an accurate knowledge of the underground services and a 3D model in the pilot area, bridging the gap between users and service providers and knowledge transfer at local and international levels.
For more information, please visit: https://citymodelforbaqaa.wordpress.com/
The international UK-Jordan project team includes:
Dr Claudia Trillo, Principal Investigator, University of Salford
Dr Rania Aburamadan, Principal Investigator, Applied Science University, Jordan
Professor Chika Udeaja, Co-Investigator, London South Bank University
Dr Athena Moustaka, Co-Investigator, University of Salford
Dr Kwasi Gyau, Co-Investigator, University of Salford
Dr Chiko Ncube Makore, Research Assistant, University of Salford
The project has been developed through a partnership with the Surveying Technologies and Services Company Ltd. (SurveyTEQ), Jordan, Eng Qasem Al-Betar and the ThinkLab at the University of Salford, United Kingdom.
This international team of people have recently worked on other related projects:
Heritage IT Jordan Project (Collaboration with Jordan and UK): https://herititjordan.com/about/
BIM India IT Heritage (Collaboration with India and UK) – https://it-india-project.com/