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):
Thirty to forty years ago engineers seriously began to address the challenges of understanding and mitigating the seismic risk to nuclear facilities in the UK. As new nuclear power plant construction again seems imminent, this paper considers why practices developed as they did. Furthermore the paper reviews certain of the relevant activities, identifying the successes, the failures, and the techniques that were retained too long:
As an example of potential improvements in the case of seismic hazard assessment, where site specific probabilistic studies have been compromised by the continued use of generic spectra and may have been tarnished by conservatism, new uniform risk spectra are presented.