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Microdesk Works to Overcome Global Settlement Challenges of Refugees

Jessica Chambers, Microdesk’s Senior Consultant, has been implementing BIM technology at a massive scale throughout Microdesk’s relationship with the UN Refugee Agency in Bangladesh. Working alongside site planners from UNHCR in Geneva, Jessica was tasked to develop and implement training packages on how to use Autodesk software. Upon completion of her initial engagement, Chambers was invited to work with UNHCR on-site in Bangladesh to help improve workflows and assist in the design and creation of settlements.

Jessica Chambers on-site at a Refugee Camp in Bangladesh

“Microdesk is working with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to improve the speed and efficacy of their designs through BIM workflow adoption of Infraworks, Civil 3D and advanced photogrammetry. We visited the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, an evolving settlement for more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, to implement and train UNHCR Site Planners on how model-based workflows could be used to relocate over 100,000 shelters at risk for flooding and collapse during the upcoming rainy season. By using photogrammetry, we could model hundreds of acres of topography to perform flooding analysis, as well as identify landslide-prone areas to prioritize the refugees’ relocation. Our ongoing consulting is providing more than 150 UNHCR site planners with the software tools and workflows necessary to provide accurate site assessments and detailed designs to plan, design, construct and operate settlements for more than 13.1 million refugees throughout the globe.”

View our previous article about Microdesk and UNHCR here.