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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This paper presents a methodology for the appropriate treatment of variability in the process of building vulnerability assessment. Material, geometric and mechanical properties of the assessed building typologies are simulated through a Monte-Carlo sampling procedure in which the statistical distribution of the latter parameters are taken into account. Record selection is performed in accordance with conditional hazard-consistent distributions of a comprehensive set of intensity measures, and matters of sufficiency, efficiency, predictability and scaling robustness are envisaged in the presented framework. Several intensity measures (IMs) are conjugated in the evaluation of building fragility and vulnerability, whereby fragility functions are established as the multivariate distribution of joint probability of being in a sequential set of damage states. Vulnerability Functions consequently determined provide not only a mean Damage Ratio per level of seismic intensity, but rather probabilistic distributions of Damage Ratio that reflect the ground motion variability expected as the interested site; as determined by the hazard-consistent conditional distribution of a set of sufficient intensity measures.

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