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):
Seismic assessment of the Manchester Courts building is presented. This building was demolished following severe damage that resulted from the magnitude 7.1 Darfield earthquake (Canterbury, NZ) on 4 September 2010, amongst widespread objection from heritage supporters who believed that this historic building could be adequately reinstated. Finite element (FE) analysis was used to undertake a performance-based assessment using time-history analyses, and the accuracy of the model was validated by comparing the simulated results with benchmark experimental data and observed damage. The finite element model utilised two-dimensional (2D) elements in three-dimensional (3D) space and the macro modelling method was used.