Low cost seismic isolation for the developing world

Low cost seismic isolation for the developing world

Organizers

Prof. M. Blondet
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
mblondet@pucp.edu.pe

Asst. Prof. D. Konstantinidis
UC Berkeley
konstantinidis@berkeley.edu

Asst. Prof. M. Vassiliou
ETH Zurich
vassiliou@ibk.baug.ethz.ch

 

Session Description

The Mw=7.0 Haiti Earthquake (2010) led to 300,000 fatalities, while the Mw=6.9 Loma Prieta, USA (1989) to 63. This and numerous other examples highlight that even though earthquakes are a global phenomenon, their impact in terms of fatalities is tremendously disproportionate, with most deaths being concentrated in the developing world. The main reason is that earthquake-resistant methods developed in the developed world are highly cost-prohibitive in low-income regions. Therefore, there is an urgent need for methods tailored to the financial resources of the non-privileged.

Seismic isolation is considered an expensive method and has been mainly applied in high-income countries. However, there have been numerous research attempts to drastically reduce its cost and make it affordable and widely applicable to low-income countries.

This session aims at bringing together researchers and engineers from both high and low income countries and has two goals: a) Discussion of the state of the art in research on low-cost seismic isolation, and b) Interaction with practicing engineers.

To this end, the contributions that will be accepted from countries coming from low-income¹ countries will be published for free in the conference proceedings. The session will be hybrid and will be held both in person and on-line. On-line participation will be for free for participants coming from low-income countries.

¹Countries of all categories of
http://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC-List-of-ODA-Recipients-for-reporting-2020-flows.pdf

 

Abstract Submission Deadline : 25 October 2020
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