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
Category: Risk and catastrophe modelling
Year: 2015
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Natural catastrophes worldwide lead to billions of dollars of economic as well as insured losses annually (Munich Re, Nat Cat Service). Catastrophe models are generally used to produce views of natural catastrophe risk. The insurance and reinsurance industry utilizes catastrophe models to develop risk metrics for insurance premium pricing, reinsurance contracts and capital market instruments. One of the key components of catastrophe models is the vulnerability of the insured risks, i.e. the building stock. This paper will introduce the concept of catastrophe modelling, insurance and reinsurance and the impact vulnerability makes on insurance premium and reinsurance metrics. It will then discuss the common drivers of vulnerability from physical and economic perspective making reference to earthquake and wind perils. The challenges of characterization of vulnerability are then discussed focussing on the drivers of vulnerability with examples from European earthquake and wind events.

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