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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A simplified loss assessment methodology taking into account regional-based design practice is described herein. Typical obsolete (between 1960 and 1980) design practice for reinforced concrete (RC) structures in Mediterranean countries is herein considered. In particular, a 4-story RC moment resisting frame (MRF) is designed according to obsolete seismic Italian design provisions, resulting in a structure characterized by typical features of the building stock of the area struck by the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. For the same design, two different executive hypotheses are considered, resulting in two non-ductile RC structural configurations dominated by two different failure modes of primary elements, i.e., flexure-shear- and shear- dominated. A simplified loss estimation methodology, including a site-specific hazard analysis, a pushover-based approach for seismic demand assessment, and a simplified damage and cost analyses focused on the RC columns, is employed to evaluate the risk of earthquake economic losses and the influence of structural design decisions on such losses.

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