Research Center for Disaster Mitigation is a research center under the coordination of Institute for Research and Community Service – Institute of Technology Bandung. The establishment of the center is aimed to play significant role in the area of disaster mitigation at the national, regional and international level by conducting and promoting fundamental and applied researches of disaster management and mitigation as well as other relevant mitigation initiatives with the support of national and international organizations. Besides, the center has obligation to respond the national needs in reducing disaster impact and institutionalizing the research activities related disaster mitigation has been conducting by ITB.
Historically, the Research Group on Disaster Mitigation established in 2003 was the inception of the establishment of Research Center for Disaster Mitigation. In 2005, the research group was transformed into Center for Disaster Mitigation. Due to the increase problem in disaster mitigation in the nationwide and in line with latest research focuses selected by ITB, in 2011 the center was then expanded into a research center named as Research Center for Disaster Mitigation with wider authority and responsibility.
The vision of RCDM is to Becoming an excellent and highly respected research center that could enhance innovation in disaster mitigation at the local, national, regional and international level, as well as contributing significantly in delivering safer communities in Indonesia to overcome the disaster’s risk.
Disaster Reduction Goal
The mission and the objective of RCDM ITB in implementing disaster risk reduction activities are :
* To play significant roles in delivering safer community and stakeholders who are aware, responsive and able to overcome potential natural and man-made disaster,
* To enhance fundamental and applied research activities, which are able to anticipate, respond to and mitigate the disaster risk,
* To promote fundamental and applied research results that can strengthen the policy development in disaster management in order to achieve sustainable development,
* To support the formation of disaster mitigation expert-communities in Indonesia through education.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
To achieve the vision and mission, as part of university scheme, the policies and programs of RCDM ITB focused on three main tasks, i.e. education, research and community services.
In education, RCDM ITB collaboration with several institutions in enhancing the expertise of disaster mitigation through research-based post-graduate program.
In research, RCDM has been promoting and strengthening innovative fundamental and applied research activities in disaster mitigation.
Meanwhile, in community services, RCDM has been serving the community trough stimulating, educating, and facilitating related institutions and communities in the national and regional level in order to achieve comprehensive disaster risk mitigation, information dissemination and transferring the knowledge and technical skills.
Membership in Key Networks
* Global Platform for DRR
* Working Group 3 ICG-IOTWS
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
RCDM ITB support the national government agency in developing and formulating national legal framework such as Development of National Standards for Earthquake Resistance Building Design (with Dept. of Public Work), Development of National Standards for Earthquake Resistance Bridge Design (with Dept. of Public Work), Mainstreaming DRR Into Urban Management etc.
RCDM ITB also actively involve in national and regional platform for disaster risk reduction. At national level, RCDM ITB is one of member of national platform for DRR, Indonesian University Forum for DRR, CDE (Consortium for Disaster Education) etc.
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
In research, RCDM has been promoting and strengthening innovative fundamental and applied research activities in disaster mitigation. Several research activities has been implemented by RCDM ITB related to risk assessment and early warning systems are : Development of New Seismic Hazard Map of Indonesia 2010, Development of National Standards for Earthquake Resistance Building Design (with Dept. of Public Work), Development of National Standards for Earthquake Resistance Bridge Design (with Dept. of Public Work), Development of Earthquake Microzonation for Mega Cities in Indonesia 2011-2014, Development of Earthquake Fatality and Building-Damage Model, Development of RADIUS (Risk Assessment Tools for Diagnostic of Urban Areas Against Seismic Disaster), Development of Logic Model for Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Analysis, Investigation on the Interaction of Tectonic Strain Toward Volcanic Activity and Its Implications for Disaster Mitigation, Development of economic Losses Mapping Due To Land Subsidence, Investigation on the Building Vulnerability as input to Earthquake Risk Map, Development of Tsunami Modeling, Development of Hazard and Risk Analysis (Earthquake, Flood, Landslide, Tsunami, Volcano) etc.
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
In line with one of RCDM ITB programs, education, information and public awareness are also being our interest in implementing DRR activities. The activities are in the form of developing disaster education material for school community and public general, conducting seminars and workshops for increasing community awareness. Our product such as manuals, poster, booklet and leaflet have been distributed to the communities.
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
To support national agency with recommending the enforcement of building codes for earthquake resistant building.
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
In community service, several activities has been implemented to increase preparedness and capacity for effective response. The activities are in the form of training (TOT), Community Based Disaster Risk Management, Earthquake Drill, Tsunami Drill, Etc.
Recently, RCDM become one of member of Consortium of International Human Resource Development for Construction of Disaster Resilient Countries, collaboration among ASEAN Alliance Universities and Kyoto University. This program covered three of scope of works i.e. Development of education program focusing on Disaster Risk Mitigation/Recovery/Reconstruction among ASEAN Alliance Universities, ASALUs and Kyoto University ; Promoting student exchange program for Master students accredited mutually among ASALUs and Kyoto University to obtain experience in disaster recovery/reconstruction ; Promoting exchange program for young faculties among ASALUs and Kyoto University.
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Activities
Through three main focus activities i.e. education, research and community service, RCDM ITB try to save more life and empower the “Community” to mitigate disaster using our expertise
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
1. Prof. Ir. Masyhur Irsyam, MSE., Ph.D (Head of RCDM ITB)
2. Dr. Irwan Meilano (Secretary for structural mitigation)
3. Harkunti P. Rahayu, Ph.D (Secretary for non-structural mitigation)