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):
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In the present study, two important effects of soil that is, soil amplification and foundation-soil flexibility are investigated on the seismic vulnerability of a four storey RC frame building, using a decoupled analysis approach. Four well-defined sites belonging to the same site class (ASCE 7-10 site class D) and varying bedrock depth are chosen to demonstrate the effect of local site conditions on seismic performance and vulnerability of the structure located on these sites. ASCE 41 methodology is used to model the structure- foundation system and to obtain the capacity curves using nonlinear static analysis procedure. The HAZUS methodology is then used to estimate the vulnerability curves for these buildings. The results on the four sites belonging to the same site class, show that the seismic performance and vulnerability of the RC frame building for a given amplitude of ground motion varies significantly with soil stratification and depth of bedrock.