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):
Base isolation is well known within the seismic community as a means of protecting buildings from earthquake damage. A related technique, also known as base isolation, is known to the noise and vibration community as a means of limiting the disturbance in buildings caused by ground-borne vibration, such as that caused by busy roads or railways. Despite extensive use of the technique, there remains a lack of understanding over certain aspects of base-isolation performance.
This paper considers current practice in base-isolation design against ground-borne vibration, and presents some initial work that highlights the significance of soil-structure interaction when assessing isolation performance.