Collaborative Multi-agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities

Friday 23 June 2017

Professor Terrence Fernando and his colleagues Dr. Chaminda Pathirage and Dr. Udayangani Kulatunga have won a £1.2million research grant to use digital technology to counter the impact of natural disasters, like floods, earthquakes and droughts.

The grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the largest secured by the University in the current academic year and underlines the global reach and impact of Salford research.

It also seals a major partnership involving the UK Cabinet Office, 100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation), the Environment Agency, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd and Telespazio Vega Ltd, and builds on the work of THINKLab in creating collaborative virtual environments for industry and government and work of the Centre for Disaster Resilience in building Resilience Frameworks.

With steering committees globally, and on the ground in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Pakistan, the team will implement a novel 3D collaborative environment that allows remote teams to get an accurate picture of a disaster event through near real-time 3D satellite data and analytics. Additionally, the project will tests collaborative risk assessment  by way of a digital platform which can map vulnerabilities and share information and decision-making around vulnerabilities – physical or man-made, which contribute to the severity of a disaster.

This project will develop and test the technologies with partners on the ground, Universities of Colombo and Moratuwa (Sri Lanka), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and University of Peshawar (Pakistan) and government agencies who are involved in disaster management. 

For further details, please contact: Professor Terrence Fernando (