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):
Cold-Formed Steel (CFS) has become more and more popular in the recent years as an alternative construction material. Short construction time and very high strength to weight ratio under lateral forces made cold-formed steel an attractive option in earthquake prone countries such as Japan, New Zealand and the US. In such structures, lateral loads such as earthquake and wind loads are generally carried by sheathings attached to CFS members to form shear panels. Alternative solutions are also available to carry lateral forces such as designing proper diagonal struts or K-bracings. The aim of this paper is to observe the dynamic behaviour and the physical limits of cold-formed light-weight steel structures.