Better assessment of UK earthquake ground motions for engineering purposes


In this evening meeting we will discuss a recently-funded Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship project that aims to develop a UK ground-motion model using a state-of-the-art approach. Firstly, we will summarise the limitations of current approaches for ground-motion modelling for critical infrastructure (e.g. nuclear power plants) in the UK, and why we are developing a new model. Secondly, we will present the plan for our project, based on the hybrid empirical method and discuss the challenges in applying this approach for the UK. Lastly, we would like to receive feedback on our plans from the audience and understand your needs for a UK ground-motion model.

About the Speaker

Dr John Douglas obtained his Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Engineering Seismology) in 2001, following a B.Sc. Hons (First Class) degree in Mathematics (both from Imperial College London, UK). In 2010, he was awarded his accreditation to supervise research (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in seismology by the University of Grenoble (France). He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) working in the fields of seismic hazard and risk evaluation. Previously (2004-2015) he was a senior engineering seismologist at BRGM (French Geological Survey). From 2009 to 2014 he was a visiting professor at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland.

Further information

This event is organised by SECED. The event will be chaired by Dr Guillermo Aldama-Bustos (Jacobs) Attendance at this meeting is free for members and non-members alike. 

Online attendance

This event will be broadcast online. Please register for the event prior to joining. The registration process will provide you with the link you need to join the main event. Link here


Following the talk a questionnaire was launched to help the team develop the most appropriate model and consider various opinions. Below is the link and QR code to reply to the questionnaire. 

The presentation will be accessible until the 25th of March at the link here.

* Recording of the evening meeting is available here:

Better assessment of UK earthquake ground motions for engineering purposes | Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Event Details

Event Date 25/01/2023 6:00 pm
Event End Date 25/01/2023 7:30 pm