International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation

Sebastian Kaminski

Sebastian Kaminski

Sebastian is an Associate Structural Engineer working in the Specialist Technology and Research Team in Arup, London. He works with a variety of materials, including reinforced concrete, steel, masonry, timber and bamboo. He has experience in assessing existing buildings and in seismic design, both in the developed and developing world. He has particular experience in the design of seismically resilient low-cost housing using local materials such as bamboo.

Sebastian is one of Arup’s specialists in bamboo, having worked on a number of projects using bamboo and cane around the world. He is author of an in-house guidance note on building with bamboo and provides ad hoc advice to Arup staff on the topic. Sebastian has presented and run courses on the structural use of bamboo in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Singapore and the UK.

Publications

Kaminski, S. (2013) ‘Engineered Bamboo Houses for Low-Income Communities in Latin America’. The Structural Engineer, October 2013, pp. 14-23

Málaga-Chuquitaype, C., Kaminski, S., Elghazouli, A., Lawrence, A. (2014) ‘Seismic response of timber frames with cane and mortar walls’. Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers – Structures and Buildings. London, UK

Kaminski, S., Coates, K., Lawrence, A., Aleman, J. (2015) ‘Seismic Design of Low-Cost and Sustainable Cane, Timber and Mortar Housing for El Salvador’. SECED 2015 Conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World, July 2015.

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Coates, K., Foulkes, L. (2016) ‘A low-cost vernacular improved housing design’. Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers – Civil Engineering. London, UK

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D. (2016) ‘Structural Use of Bamboo 1: Introduction to Bamboo’. The Structural Engineer, August 2016, pp. 40-43

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D., King, C. (2016) ‘Structural Use of Bamboo 2: Durability and Preservation’. The Structural Engineer, October 2016, pp. 38-43

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D., Feltham, I., López, L. (2016) ‘Structural Use of Bamboo 3: Design values’. The Structural Engineer, December 2016, pp. 42-45

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D. (2016) Design Guide for Engineered Bahareque Housing. INBAR, Beijing

Drunen, N., Cangas, A., Rojas, S., Kaminski, S. (2016) Reporte post-sismo sobre estructuras de bambú, y recomendaciones para la reconstrucción con bambú en la costa Ecuatoriana. INBAR, Quito

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D., Feltham, I., López, L. (2017) ‘Structural Use of Bamboo 4: Element design equations’. The Structural Engineer, March  2017, pp. 25-27

Franco G., Stone H., Ahmed B., Chian S., Hughes F., Jirouskova N., Kaminski S., López J., van Drunen N. & Querembás M. (2017) ‘The April 16 2016 MW7.8 Muisne Earthquake in Ecuador – Preliminary Observations from the EEFIT Reconnaissance Mission of May 24 – June 7.’ In 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 16WCEE 2017, Santiago, Chile, January 2017

Kaminski, S. (2018) Technical Guidance Note 03: Durability and Treatment of Bamboo in Cox’s Bazar. Arup, London.

Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D., López, L. (forthcoming) ‘Structural Use of Bamboo 5: Joint design. The Structural Engineer.