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):
The current Eurocode 8 belongs to one of the most advanced international seismic design codes. This leading edge should be maintained in future revisions of the code while the code should become as user friendly as possible. This article makes several proposals in which way the reinforced concrete wall sections in future versions of the Eurocode can be extended in its scope but simplified in its application. The topics raised concern: (i) Capacity design rules including shear amplification factors, (ii) the reduction of the number of ductility classes, (iii) the out-of-plane failure of reinforced concrete walls, (iv) engineering demand parameters for displacement-based approaches, (v) displacement-capacity estimates for new and existing reinforced concrete members, (vi) the design of mixed structural system, (vii) the design of new structural solutions with reinforced concrete members such as rocking walls.