Saturday, April 12, 2014

Correlation of pre- and post-earthquake assessment of public buildings during the 2014 Cephalonia Earthquake

Presentation made during the Workshop about Cephalonia Earthquake jointly organised by the Society of Civil Engineers, the Hellenic Association for Earthquake Engineering, the Greek branch of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering and the Organisation for Earthquake Protection and Planning.  
Presentation available in YouTube:
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

First Lego League, Greece: Natural Hazards Scenario

An amazing event, on educational robotics and means to mitigate nature's fury. Proud to participate in this high standard and well organised educational party. Congratulations to all teams for their innovative ideas and hard work. More at: https://www.facebook.com/firstlegoleaguegreece


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Monday, February 03, 2014

Special Sessions on Computational Earthquake Engineering and Bridge Engineering

Two special sessions on on Computational Earthquake Engineering and Bridge Engineering, are organised during the Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology to be held in Naples, Italy, 2-5 September 2014. The conference runs concurrently with the Ninth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology. Participants may attend sessions from either conference. More information on how to submit an abstract can be found here.

CST2014-S01: Computational Earthquake Engineering

The Special Session focuses on recent advances in Computational Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. More specifically, it will encourage contributions related to the mitigation of seismic risk, the design and assessment of earthquake resistant buildings and bridges, the assessment of special and monumental structures, system identification andstructural health monitoring, performance-based engineering, seismic isolation and control of structures, dynamic soil-structure interaction, strong ground motion selection and scaling as well as seismic wave propagation through the soil media. Papers related to new software applications, web-based engineering tools, frameworks for hybrid simulation and distributed computing, knowledge-based & expert systems, finite element programs, numerical analysis pre- and post- processing front-ends, data and metadata dissemination and management systems, high performance, parallel and cloud computing schemes, applications for mobile devices and tablets as well as GIS-based visualization tools are also welcome. It is envisioned that the Special Session will constitute an interesting forum for scientists using state-of-the-art computational methods and tools for Earthquake Engineering purposes.


CST2014-S03: Bridge Engineering: Modelling, Analysis and Design

The Special Session focuses on recent advances in Bridge Engineering and particularly with numerical methods for their analysis and design. More specifically, it will encourage contributions related to recent advances in Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their applications in the design and assessment of bridges. It aims to review and critically demonstrate advanced numerical analysis methods, new software applications, web-based engineering tools, decision-making systems, collaborative on-site and remote research tools, frameworks for hybrid simulation (coupled experimental and numerical modules), open source finite element programs and collaborative frameworks for seismic applications, data and metadata dissemination and archiving, applications for mobile devices and remote computing, wireless data transmission and structural health monitoring, as well as earthquake- specific GIS applications. Code implications and case studies are also most welcome.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 15th, 2014.

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Free Android app for generating field reports on earthquake-induced environmental effects

Earthquake Geo Survey is an application that can be used by earth-scientists and engineers during field surveys in order to report the earthquake-induced environmental effects. The app has been designed based on the EEE form, proposed by the INQUA TERPRO Focus Area on Paleoseismology and Active Tectonics, for reporting earthquake-induced deformations and processing the collected data at the end of a post-earthquake reconnaissance field survey. As an outcome, the earthquake environmental effects can be documented and the macroseismic intensity will be evaluated based on the Environmental Seismic Intensity-2007 (ESI-07) scale. The post-earthquake report can be exported as kmz file and consequently uploaded to GIS environment.

Features
• Surface ruptures
• Slope failures
• Liquefaction
• Tsunamis
• Hudrologic anomalies
• Ground cracks
• …other environmental effects

Available at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inquaterpro.seismicsurveyapp

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Impact of Metro construction on the long term sustainability of a Metropolitan city: The case of Thessaloniki [International Seminar]

A special course is organised at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (March 15-22, 2014), in the framework of the ATHENS Programme aiming to provide the theoretical and practical background required for engineering students in order to gain an improved understanding of the financial, managerial and technical difficulties related to the construction of a new Metro system and its overall consequences to the city sustainability.APPLY: http://www.athensprogramme.com/main

Minimum year of study
4th year
Minimum level of EnglishGood
Minimum level of FrenchNone
Key wordsMetro systems, sustainability, construction, building environment
LanguageEnglish
Professor responsibleAris Avdelas
Telephone+ 30 2310 995784
Fax+ 30 2310 995642
Emailavdelas@civil.auth.gr
Participating professorsC. Anagnostopoulos, A. Avdelas, T. Chatzigogos,  N. Moussiopoulos, P. Papaioanou, K. Pitilakis,C. Pyrgidis, A. Sextos, K. Stylianidis, S. Tsotsos, A. Giannakou plus other non-academic experts
Number of placesMinimum: 10, Maximum: 30, Reserved for local students: 10
ObjectivesTo provide the theoretical and practical background required for engineering students in order to gain an improved understanding of the financial, managerial and technical difficulties related to the construction of a new Metro system and its overall consequences to the city sustainability.
Programme to be followed
4 morning lectures of 4 hours each and 4 evening lectures of 2 hours each plus 6 hours of site visit.
Topics of the lectures:
  • Overview of the Thessaloniki Metro Project
  • Social Impact of Thessaloniki Metro
  • Archaeological aspects
  • Urban railway systems – Basic characteristics of Metro systems - Metro systems in Greece
  • Thessaloniki Metro: contribution to the sustainability of the city agglomeration
  • Installation of mechanical equipment for operational purposes (to be confirmed)
  • Principles for the seismic design and vulnerability assessment of metro tunnels: The case of Thessaloniki metro line
  • Geotechnical problems related to tunneling and underground works
  • Innovative construction techniques of the Thessaloniki Metro
  • Environmental implications of the Metro construction (to be confirmed)
  • Soil-structure interaction aspects and Metro construction
  • Effects of Metro tunneling on the structural integrity of Thessaloniki monuments
  • ‘Hand-on’ training on Finite Element modelling of the superstructure-soil-tunneling system using the computer code ANSYS (application at the Computer Lab. of the Department of Civil Engineering).