ShelterBox Returns To AidEx In Brussels, Belgium

ShelterBox Supply Chain Manager Shane Revill (left) with Response Team member Joe Cannon (UK) at last year's AidEx, 2012.

ShelterBox Supply Chain Manager Shane Revill (left) with Response Team member Joe Cannon (UK) at last year’s AidEx, 2012.

 

This November ShelterBox will once again be travelling to AidEx – the international and development aid event in Brussels, Belgium.  The two days offers people in the humanitarian sector a leading conference, exhibition and programme for practical workshops to help improve the efficiency and sustainability of aid. 
As the number and scale of crises increases, first time traditional donors are opening up to the commercial world, seeking new partnerships and assistance from business. AidEx will allow ShelterBox to interact with over 2,000 professionals from the aid community, network with peers and engage directly with many suppliers of essential equipment and services for humanitarian disaster relief.
ShelterBox Supply Chain Manager Shane Revill is attending the event. He said:
‘As we continue to develop our Research and Development (R&D) department, we are broadening our supplier base and product range with the aim of continuously offering the best emergency aid package out there for families in need. We strive to be innovative and open to fresh ideas and at the same time want to maximise the use of our donors’ money. AidEx is a great platform to do just this by discovering the latest advances in equipment, and meeting new partners from across the globe.
The exhibition at AidEx 2012.

The exhibition at AidEx 2012.

 

‘Last year we went to the event and met for the first time with the manufacturers of family tents that meet the stringent criteria of the humanitarian shelter sector. This kick-started meetings with them and built the basis of a strong-working relationship, leading our R&D department to assess other tent specifications and recommend potential improvements to our own disaster relief tent. The result is that we are now offering communities affected by humanitarian crises the most practical and comfortable shelter available.’
ShelterBox is dedicated to delivering a quality aid package that represents value for money while being accountable to its donors, partners and to every person who receives support from ShelterBox.
‘We are trying out a new solar light bulb at the moment, the LuminAid,’ added Shane. ‘It’s smaller, lighter and overall better value than previous models we’ve used.’
Effective delivery of aid
ShelterBox staff at AidEx will also have the chance to attend practical workshops to hear about best practice, listen to case studies and get practical advice on solutions and issues in effective delivery of aid.
Aidex will be held on 13-14 November at the centrally located Brussels Expo in Brussels, Belgium

 

 

ShelterBox Gains From Research and Development

Researchers Chris Hale and Rob Dooley with ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Dave Ray setting up a ShelterBox tent, UK, July 2013.

Researchers Chris Hale and Rob Dooley with ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Dave Ray setting up a ShelterBox tent, UK, July 2013.

 

ShelterBox has teamed up with independent university-based researchers to investigate the thermal properties of its disaster relief tent, looking at the heat lost and heat gained in comparison to other tents.
Comparative testing will be undertaken on ShelterBox’s tent without its thermal liner as well as with a variety of other liners offered in the humanitarian sector. The disaster relief tent manufactured by camping company Vango will also be compared to a standard dome tent made by another leading tent manufacturer, to see where it sits alongside a competitor. This study will help ShelterBox move forward with future procurements of aid items such as thermal liners, which have been used in our winterised aid kits over the past year in Iraq, Lebanon and North Korea.
‘Two of ShelterBox’s core values are innovation and accountability,’ said Logistics Manager Shane Revill who is managing this study. ‘Not only are we always looking to improve the quality of our aid package but we are also dedicated to delivering the best aid package that represents value for money while being accountable to our supporters, partners and every person who receives support from ShelterBox.’
Chris Hale (left) and Rob Dooley (right) at ShelterBox headquarters, Cornwall, UK, July 2013.

Chris Hale (left) and Rob Dooley (right) at ShelterBox headquarters, Cornwall, UK, July 2013.

 

Chris Hale is an undergraduate student in Renewable Engineering with 15 years experience in the mechanical engineering industry. He is from Cornwall where ShelterBox headquarters is based and where the research is being undertaken.
‘I wanted to be involved’
‘I have wanted to be involved with ShelterBox’s work for a while now so it’s great being part of this project and using my skillset to assist in the research,’ said Chris.
‘I am heading up the scientific side of things doing the quantitative data, comparing different tents by taking various readings as well as being aware of the numerous climate conditions ShelterBox works in compared to the UK.  Over 60% of the locations the disaster relief charity works in have warmer climates than here.’
Rob Dooley not only is a student in Sustainable Product Design but also Creative Director at an industrial design firm in Cornwall where he works with consumer product design for businesses and organisations including charities.
‘My part in this study focuses on the qualitative research, the people side of things,’ commented Rob. ‘I have been holding focus groups with staff and ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members, who I have all received interesting feedback from. My findings will then be compared to Chris’s quantitative findings which can lead us to more results.’
‘Plan for the future’
Chris and Rob’s research and development (R&D) efforts will help develop the tent and anything related to the tent including other ShelterBox aid.
‘R&D is vital to our success and will help develop our plan for the future,’ continued Shane. ‘It will help with everything to do with the kit we provide as aid and we should eventually end up with the best kit that is most appropriate to what we are trying to achieve – helping people worldwide made homeless by disasters as efficiently and effectively as we can.’