Wednesday, September 23, 2015

EERI reaction to the M8.3 earthquake

As part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program (LFE), EERI is responding to the M8.3 earthquake that struck 46 km west of Illapel, Chile on September 16, 2015. According to initial reports from EERI members in the country, the earthquake shaking and subsequent tsunami alert led to the safe evacuation of more than one million people along the coastline.

On Monday, September 21, EERI’s LFE Executive Committee met to discuss and plan a response to the Chile earthquake. Based on information available, the committee decided on the following actions:

1. Launch a virtual clearinghouse website to document earthquake impacts and easily share observations with EERI members and other colleagues. The clearinghouse site is now live at

2. Solicit volunteers (especially students and young professionals in Chile) to participate as clearinghouse curators. These curators will collect information from media sources and expert field teams on particular topic areas or preliminary research areas, then synthesize the results into curated summaries. These summaries can help not only in reporting on topics areas, but may be helpful in identifying new areas of potential research. For this earthquake, clearinghouse curators are expected to create 1–3 posts on their selected topic within approximately one month of the event, depending on the amount of information available and relevant insights to share with the EERI membership. More information is shown at

3. Coordinate and collaborate with Chilean colleagues for observations from the field, and encourage them to submit reports and data. To support submission of field photos and observations, EERI has launched a custom data map similar to the one used after the 2015 Nepal earthquake. EERI’s reconnaissance tools offer a seamless way for colleagues to submit geolocated photos to the map either from the field or upon their return. The map currently shows several public data layers to inform field team response.

4. Coordinate with any other international reconnaissance teams headed to the region for observations from the field, and encourage them to submit reports and data.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Online proceedings from the ICASP conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering

The proceedings of ICASP12, the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering held in Vancouver, Canada on July 12-15, 2015 are available online. Abstracts were peer-reviewed and authors of accepted abstracts were invited to submit full papers. Full papers were also peer reviewed and only accepted papers appear here. The editor for this collection is Professor Terje Haukaas, Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada ( 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Freeware for section analysis of masonry and concrete structures

MACSAN (Masonry And Concrete Section ANalysis)  is software developed for PC that permits sectional analysis of both two-phase masonry and sections. It computes the factor of safety for given set of axial force and bending moments and provides a graphical representation of the neutral axis location and orientation. The software also provides an interface with the computer code CSI/ETABS for quick processing of multiple sections. The software is ideal for existing masonry buildings with a large number of piers that are rehabilitated with concrete jacketing.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Online Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, United Kingdom

The full proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, Incorporating the 3rd Annual Conference of the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network has just been published in a volume of Procedia Economics and Finance, Volume 18, Pages 1-976 (2014), with full open access and indexed in Science Direct by ELSEVIER (ISSN: 2212-5671).

This volume includes selected papers presented at the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience, held in MediaCity, Salford Quays, United Kingdom from 8th – 11th September 2014. The conference was organised by: the Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, United Kingdom; the Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom; and the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, a project of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme. 

The volume consists of 976 pages with 119 full peer reviewed research papers.  The Editorial and all 119 papers can be accessed at:

This volume has been edited by Professors Richard Haigh and Dilanthi Amaratunga from Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield UK.

Further details of the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience can be found at: