Earthquake Risk and Engineering towards a Resilient World

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

Overview

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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Review

Arup recently conducted an ASCE 31-03 Tier 1 seismic screening of a large international portfolio of buildings for a global portfolio holder. The study involved the assessment of a wide range of building types across all regions of the world ranging from retail locations to data centres and corporate offices. Mobile technology was used in combination with data automation in order to deliver this evaluation in a timely manner. A custom tablet application was developed which reported all Tier 1 findings to a database. Post processing of this data was automated to save time, minimize the risk of errors and create consistent reports for the client.

This case study shares an approach to conducting a successful large scale building screening process, utilizing automated processes to achieve a uniform reporting style across the globe in a short amount of time and creating a database which allows the building owner/client to decide on further steps based on the evaluation findings.

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