Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics
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.
SECED 2015 featured the following keynote speakers (affiliations correct at the time of the conference):
Many old reinforced concrete (RC) buildings collapsed during the past devastating earthquakes due to the gravity load collapse of brittle columns. For the purpose of planning for building evacuation, it is very important to know the time it takes for these buildings to collapse. The purpose of this study was to examine the collapse time of RC buildings using dynamic analysis. The study revealed that the time between shear failure and collapse is too short for individuals to safely evacuate a building.