Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World

9 - 10 July 2015, Homerton College, Cambridge, UK


SECED 2015 was a two-day conference on Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics that took place on 9-10th July 2015 at Homerton College, Cambridge.

This was the first major conference to be held in the UK on this topic since SECED hosted the 2002 European Conference on Earthquake Engineering in London.

The conference brought together experts from a broad range of disciplines, including structural engineering, nuclear engineering, seismology, geology, geotechnical engineering, urban development, social sciences, business and insurance; all focused on risk, mitigation and recovery.

Conference themes

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Seismic design for nuclear facilities
  • Seismic hazard and engineering seismology
  • Masonry structures
  • Risk and catastrophe modelling
  • Vibrations, blast and civil engineering dynamics
  • Dams and hydropower
  • Seismic assessment and retrofit of engineered and non-engineered structures
  • Social impacts and community recovery

Keynote speakers

SECED 2015 featured the following keynote speakers (affiliations correct at the time of the conference):

  • Peter Ford and Tim Allmark, Office for Nuclear Regulation, UK
  • Don Anderson, CH2M HILL, Seattle, USA
  • Bernard Dost, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, The Netherlands
  • Anne Kiremidjian, Stanford University, USA
  • Rob May, Golder Associates, Australia
  • Tiziana Rossetto, University College London, UK
  • Andrew Whittaker, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Mike Willford, Arup, The Netherlands

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Evidence from recent earthquakes has shown that quay walls are particularly vulnerable to seismic shaking. Being key components of commercial and passenger ports, their seismic damage may incur pronounced direct and indirect losses. To make things worse, the vast majority of ports in Europe’s high-seismicity areas (e.g., Greece, Italy), were designed and constructed several decades ago, according to obsolete seismic codes. Such quay walls are typically composed of multiple blocks, resting on top of each other without substantial shear connection. Although the seismic performance of modern single-block quay walls has been studied extensively, there is lack of knowledge on the response of existing quay walls. In a first attempt to tackle this problem, centrifuge model tests were conducted at the University of Dundee, using the Piraeus Port (Greece) as a case study. The paper presents the physical modelling approach and some first results of the centrifuge tests.

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