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:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Videos of the DeGrie Lab Workshop "Dynamic Analysis, Testing and Design of Infrastructure to Environmental Loads"

Workshop Videos of all speakers of the "Dynamic Analysis, Testing and Design of Infrastructure to Environmental Loads", organised in Thessaloniki, Greece in the framework of the Degrie Lab.
You can also find all the following videos at our YouTube channel: DeGrie Lab or at the official Project Website

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Multiple support seismic excitation of the Evripos bridge based on free-field and on-structure recordings

The 395m long Evripos bridge in central Greece, connects the island of Evia to the mainland. An accelerometer array of 43 triaxial sensors has been monitoring both the free-field excitation and the response of the superstructure in a series of seismic events since 1994. This paper focuses on the characteristics of the spatially variable, earthquake ground motions recorded during two seismic events (1999 & 2013) and the corresponding bridge response. A model updating is performed to match the numerically predicted with the measured bridge response. Then, the nature of the recorded ground motions is studied and the incoherency patterns of the seismic waves are compared with empirical or semi-empirical models. It is observed that the loss of coherency at the site is isotropic. It is also documented, for the first time based on actual free-field and on-structure recordings, that the asynchronous excitation of a bridge excited higher modes of vibration while suppressing the oscillation on its fundamental frequency. The latter is in line with analytical predictions and is believed to be a key finding in understanding the nature of spatially variable earthquake ground motion and predicting its potential impact on the seismic response of bridges.

Sextos, A., Karakostas, C., Lekidis, V., Papadopoulos, S. (2014) Multiple support seismic excitation of the Evripos bridge based on free-field and on-structure recordings, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering
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Sunday, December 07, 2014

NYC's Risk Landscape: A Guide to Hazard Mitigation

The NYC's Risk Landscape: A Guide to Hazard Mitigation, has been prepared by NYC’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). It discusses hazards that NYC is exposed to, including coastal storms, coastal erosion, flooding, strong windstorms, extreme heat, winter weather, water shortage, earthquakes, and pandemic influenza.  The document is available to download from:

Saturday, November 08, 2014

International Workshop on Dynamic Analysis, Testing and Design of Infrastructure to Seismic Loads

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Bauhaus University Weimar organise a three day International Workshop on "Dynamic Analysis, Testing and Design of Infrastructure to Seismic Loads". The Workshop will take place between 11-13 November, 2014 and is open to the engineering community. Invited Speakers and Full Program is available at:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thessaloniki to host the next European Conference on Earthquake Engineering

After the unanimous decision of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering, the next European Conference on Earthquake Engineering in 2018 will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece under the organization of the Hellenic Association for Earthquake Engineering. The event shall also commemorate 40 years of the major earthquake of 1978 and will take place in the Thessaloniki Concert Hall between 18-21 June 2018. The official bid document may be browsed in the following address:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Building Wizard 2.0 release: A GUI for seismic analysis of buildings using OpenSees

Building Wizard is an interactive front-end software for the seismic analysis and assessment of buildings structures, that takes advantage of a sophisticated, Open-Source software for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (OpenSees) to provide through its graphical user’s interface: (a) conceptual assistance during the finite element analysis pre- and post-processing (b) finite element model development automations and (c) expert advice for modeling various building-specific issues that are key for the reliable prediction of structural response (such as shear wall connections, soil-structure interaction etc). Building Wizard improves the efficiency and credibility of the finite element modeling developed, particularly for the case of complex buildings structures and gives the designer more control in critical modeling decisions affecting the overall system response. 

Developed by: N. Psyras, D. Panagiotopoulos, N. Gantsidis
Academic Advisor: Anastasios Sextos

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reconnaissance report on the dual Cephalonia Earthquake

Two major earthquakes with Mw = 6.0 and Mw = 6.1 hit the Cephalonia Island of Greece on January 26th and February 3rd of 2014, respectively.The reconnaissance mission was unique in two ways: First, it brought together the local, highly qualified earthquake engineering community, with a US collaborative team of GEER, EERI, and ATC to form a 70-people multidisciplinary team. Second, the resiliency of building stock, geostructures, and communities that responded successfully to one of the strongest sequence of ground motions ever recorded in Europe provided the opportunity to focus on collecting data of successful performance in addition to failures - a new generation of reconnaissance.

The reconnaissance report (Version 1) is available at
with observations on: (i) seismological and recorded motions; (ii) geotechnical aspects; (iii) rigid blocks behavior; (iv) structural response; (v) infrastructure lifelines; (vi) nonstructural components response; and (v) economical and societal aspects.

Saturday, May 24, 2014