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):
Pre-event vulnerability assessments are an emerging discipline within earthquake risk studies. However, owing to extensive data collection for appropriate building stock representation and associated vulnerability, the majority of studies fail to comprehend the multifaceted nature of building vulnerability for pre-event assessments. Furthermore, few studies explore optimal immediate aid sites for the distribution of aid materials in a post-event scenario. New and novel tools recently released by the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) are implemented to overcome limitations of previous studies, permitting standardised repeatable Worldwide results, fulfilling the call from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) for the establishment of open source risk assessment tools.