A 3-day event : 10 keynote speakers, stimulating theme and cross-cutting sessions and 5-in-5 oral presentations in a lively event promoting mingling of research and fertilization of ideas.

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Technical Program

Day 1
27 Jun 2016
Day 2
28 Jun 2016
Day 3
29 Jun 2016
Day 4
30 Jun 2016

Registrations & Welcome Reception

On the evening of June 27th , even prior to the conference commencement, delegates will have the chance to visit the venue to clear their registration procedure and join us for an ice-breaker drink in a relaxed atmosphere. Accompanying persons are of course welcome! *No reservation is necessary for registered delegates and their guests.

Opening Ceremony

Chair: G. Gazetas, K. Synolakis, P. Marinos

Address by Prof. R. Frank

President, ISSMGE

Keynote Lecture – From Hazards to Disasters: A Need for a Culture of Resilience

Most hazards become disasters due to the vulnerability of communities, Hurricane Katrina is a good example. In recognition of the increasing impact of disasters and their complexities there is a...
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Prof. Ahsan Kareem
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

Performance-based soil-structure interaction of lifelines and infrastructure

Special Session, Organisers: A. Sextos, N. Gerolymos

Seismic Protection of Historical Structures

Special Session, Organisers: I. Bal, L. Smyrou

The Big Picture of Infrastructure Resilience

Mini Symposium, Organiser : S. Nikolaou

Coffee Break

Multihazard design of concrete buildings

Invited Lecture by Prof. M. Fardis

Keynote Lecture – Seismic Resilience and Energy Efficiency: An Integrated Loss Estimation Framework

To present date, building enhancement interventions tend to focus on either energy efficiency or seismic resilience, highlighting the lack of consistent language and understanding across both fields. The disconnection amongst...
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Prof. Michele Calvi

Physical Modelling

Special Session, Organiser: J. Knappet

Modern Trends in Landslide Mechanics & Monitoring

Special Session, Organiser: A. Puzrin

Man-made Hazards & Blast

Mini Symposium, Organisers: F. Fayad, S. Marjanishvili

Coffee Break

5 in 5 Session

Seismic Hazard Assessment | Analysis, Assesment & Retrofitting of Structures | Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering | Design against large ground deformations | Soil Structure Interaction | Slope Stability Assessment and Mitigation
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

Keynote Lecture – Alternative Numerical Approaches for Modelling Runout from Submarine Landslides and Implications for assessing Impact Forces on Subsea Infrastructure

Assessment of geohazard risks to offshore infrastructure such as pipelines and subsea foundations relies on modelling debris flow runout behaviour. This is a complex process that involves rapidly changing geometry,...
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Prof. Mark Randolph
15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

Keynote Lecture – Sensor Aided Health Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Systems

The United States has thousands of miles of levee systems and 43 percent of the U.S. population lives in counties with levees. The continued functionality of these distributed systems is...
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Prof. Tarek Abdoun

Keynote Lecture – Missing issues in mitigation of rainfall-induced landslides

In both understanding the causative mechanisms and designing mitigation measures, landslide has been one of the most important applications of soil mechanics. Therein, those issues such as drained/undrained shear strength,...
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Prof. Ikuo Towhata

Keynote Lecture – On the behaviour of gravity retaining structures under seismic actions

Performance-based design is the goal currently pursued by most of the advanced seismic design codes worldwide. This paper summarises the main findings of recent research carried out at Tor Vergata...
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Prof. Giulia Viggiani
10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

Resilient Infrastructure Design

Special Session, Organiser: I. Anastasopoulos
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch Break

Ground Failure & Liquefaction

Special Session, Organisers: K. Ziotopoulou, S. Dashti  

Engineering Seismology

Theme Lecture: "Source-dominated near source ground motion: Insight from earthquake physics models", L. A. Dalguer, SwissNuclear, Switzerland

The Big Picture of Infrastructure Resilience

MINI SYMPOSIUM, Organiser: S. Nikolaou

Advances in Structural Dynamics

Special Session, Organisers: E. Sapountzakis, I. Spinasas
15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

Keynote Lecture – Rapid Earthquake Shaking & Loss Estimation Issues: Ground Motion Spatial Variability, Critical Infrastructure, and Financial Decision Making

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed several near–real-time earthquake information systems that provide rapid and automated alerting of shaking distribution, critical facility inspection priorities, and estimates of human and...
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David J. Wald, Ph.D.

Keynote Lecture: Regions – Hazards – People

The world’s population is growing, with increasing proportions locating to dense urban environments. This presentation compares population density and economies of the world’s largest cities with their exposure to natural...
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Ramon E. Gilsanz, PE, SE, F.SEI

Student Paper Award

Announcement and Presentation

Closing Ceremony

Chair: G. Gazetas, K. Synolakis, P. Marinos

Conference Themes

Physical Modeling in Lab and Field: from miniature to large scale Testing
Resilient Infrastructure Design: from structural Robustness to adaptive Systems
Community Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters
Cascading Hazards and Multiple Risk Assessment
Sensing and Monitoring: from local Instrumentation to Satellite technologies
Case studies and lessons learned
Eco-friendly mitigation techniques
Engineering in harsh Environments (Offshore Challenges, Arctic Areas, Deep-Water Systems)
Infrastructure subjected to extreme wind
Man-made Hazards: Blast and Security


Engineering Seismology & Ground Motion Simulation
Assessment, Analysis and Retrofitting of Structures
Aging Infrastructure and future Earthquakes: concrete, steel and masonry Structures
Seismic Design of Foundations and Underground Structures
Soil-Structure Interaction
Ground Failure & Liquefaction: Analysis and effects on Structures and Lifelines
Isolation and Energy Dissipation Devices
Protection of Historical Structures against Seismic Hazards


Landslides Prevention and Mitigation: Design Practice and New Concepts
Hazard Assessment and Sensing
Offshore Landslides and effects on submarine Structures and Pipelines
Earthquake/Flood induced Landslides : Analysis and Modeling


Flood-resistant Design: Applications on Dams and Levees
Tsunami-resistant Design
Tsunami Generation – Propagation
Flood & Tsunami Disasters: Prevention – Mitigation

Technical Sessions

Keynote Lectures (KS)
They will be delivered to all participants together by 2 internationally renowned experts moderated by a panel consisting of Steering Committee members. In order to cross-fertilize experience and methodologies, these sessions will have a slightly longer duration allowing for some discussion- which of course could then be continued at the end of the session.
General Sessions (GS)
These sessions will focus on specific research fields. They will be organized and moderated by 2 chairpersons and will be running in parallel sessions. Each GS will include oral presentations of papers submitted to the conference.
Special Sessions (SS)
Special Sessions will include a panel of invited speakers on cross-cutting topics and will be even organized by companies. SS could include presentation of suitable papers submitted to the conference.


5-in-5 oral presentations
During this lively session, authors will be allocated a five minutes slot to underline their research results through a five slides presentation. Presentations will run in parallel in thematic kiosks within the same hall, allowing delegates to seamlessly move from one kiosk to another during the 1-minute break between consecutive presentations.
The unique format of this session will encourage interaction between delegates and authors, and give the participants the opportunity to get a flavor of subjects other than their own specialty.


Physical Poster Boards will bear poster presentations during the coffee and lunch breaks

Keynote Lectures

Prof. Tarek Abdoun

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) , USA

Prof. Michele Calvi

Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) di Pavia, ITALY

Ramon E. Gilsanz, PE, SE, F.SEI

Founding Partner, Gilsanz Murray Steficek (GMS)

Prof. Ahsan Kareem

University of Notre Dame, USA

Dr. Ryan Phillips

C-Core, Canada

Prof. Mark Randolph

University of Western Australia, AUSTRALIA

Prof. Tiziana Rossetto

EPICentre, UCL, UK

Prof. Ikuo Towhata

University of Tokyo, JAPAN

Prof. Giulia Viggiani

Universita' Degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, ITALY

David J. Wald, Ph.D.

U.S.G.S., National Earthquake Information Center, USA


Two exciting mini symposia are organized during the conference. To participate, simply register for the conference. To submit a paper, please select the appropriate mini symposium in the Author’s Area tab.
Mini symposium on man-made hazards: Blasts and Security
Natural Hazards are not the only threats imposed on our critical infrastructure. Protection against Man-made hazards such as blasts is today more than ever a pre-requisite for the safety of our infrastructure and of the society relying on it.
ICONHIC2016 proudly hosts a dedicated mini-symposium on blasts and security, bringing together individuals, contractors and consultants active in the field, presenting the latest advances in engineering analysis.
Attendees and supporters include major engineering firms and prestigious experts sharing their experiences and designing the future of engineering-for-security.


Mini Symposium: The big picture of Infrastructure Resilience
Recognition of our inherent inability to control nature (especially when resources are limited) has led the engineering community –driven by the earthquake engineering discipline– to pursue resilience as the most viable strategy to minimize the cost of the inevitable disaster.
In view of this, ICONHIC2016 is bringing together multi-disciplinary experts in a dedicated mini-symposium on Resilience spanning from preparedness and prevention to fast recovery and preservation of operability.
Attendees and supporters include major firms and individuals active not only in technical consulting but also urban resilience, civil protection, early warning and risk management.


Special Sessions, organized by field experts, will include theme talks by distinguished Lecturers, round-table discussions and paper presentations on hot topics. A list of the Special Sessions Confirmed to date follows below (session organizer(s) in brackets). Please click on the links to view/download the flyer of each session and feel free to contact the organizers in order to submit a paper or presentation.


  • Assessment, Analysis and Retrofitting of Structures – flyer
  • Engineering Seismology & Ground Motion Simulation
  • Flood-resistant Design: Applications on Dams and Levees
  • Ground Failure & Liquefaction: Analysis and effects on Structures and Lifelines
  • Modern trends in landslide Mechanics
  • Performance-based soil-structure interaction of lifelines and infrastructure – flyer
  • Physical Modeling in Lab and Field
  • Protection of Historical Structures against Seismic Hazards – flyer
  • Resilient Infrastructure Design: from structural Robustness to adaptive Systems
  • Sensing and Monitoring: from local Instrumentation to Satellite technologies