P Parallel Sessions


Tuesday, 19th June 2018 • 11:00-13:30

CR2 (Building M2-Thessaloniki Concert Hall)

Elicitation Workshop: Mapping exposure using expert judgment: the HAZUS case study

Coordinators: Massimiliano Pittore, GFZ-Potsdam, Ioanna Ioannou and Tiziana Rossetto, UCL, Vitor Silva, GEM

The use of faceted taxonomies such as the one proposed by the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) has proved instrumental in collecting high quality building-by-building observations of the residential and commercial built environment. Yet, the inherent flexibility of this representation may hinder its full exploitation within large-scale seismic risk applications. A consistent mapping between taxonomic descriptions and risk-oriented vulnerability classes (e.g., HAZUS or PAGER-STR) may be implemented using an expert-based fuzzy scoring methodology.

In this special session an elicitation exercise will be conducted in order to exemplify the methodology and derive an experimental mapping scheme to the HAZUS classification through the collaborative efforts of the participants.


Tuesday, 19th June 2018 • 15:00-16:30

CR2 (Building M2-Thessaloniki Concert Hall)

Workshop on the recent large earthquakes in Mexico

The scope of this session is to communicate with European colleagues the challenges and opportunities of past catastrophic events in Mexico. The characteristics and effects of the earthquakes of last September (7, 19 and even 23) in Mexico have attracted the attention of many scientists/researchers in and outside Mexico. Comparing the lessons learnt 32 years ago with those of last year’s events has been very fruitful and the opportunity of sharing this experience with the participants of the 16ECEE is valuable. For this purpose, 6 prominent speakers have been invited, in this special session, all of them active on investigating the recent earthquakes.


• Gustavo Ayala or Eduardo Varum: Introduction to the workshop

• Mario Ordaz: What happened on September 7, 19 and 23, 2017 in Mexico?

• Eduardo Miranda: Preliminary Statistics of Collapsed Buildings in Mexico City in the September 19 earthquake

• Mario Rodríguez: Interpretation of damages and collapses in buildings observed in Mexico City in the September 19 earthquake

• Oriol Arnaud: Observations of damages and collapses in built infrastructure in the epicentral zone of the September 7 earthquake

• Gustavo Ayala: Evaluation of the effects of the September 19 earthquake on lifelines and other critical infrastructure

• Eduardo Reinoso: Estimation of losses associated with the earthquakes of September 7 and 19

• Eduardo Varum: Moderation of the questions and answers session


Tuesday, 19th June 2018 • 17:00-19:00

SALTIEL 2 (Building M2, B hall-Thessaloniki Concert Hall)

Building a global library of school infrastructure to improve resilience

Coordinator: Fernando Ramirez Cortes, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist - Global Program for Safer Schools, World Bank

Launched in 2014, the World Bank’s Global Program for Safer Schools (GPSS)1 promotes and facilitates informed, large-scale investments for the safety and resilience of new and existing school infrastructure at risk from natural hazards, contributing to high-quality learning environments. Under this context, this parallel session aims to:

Introduce ongoing efforts to develop a Global Library of School Infrastructure (GLoSI)

Contribute to a dialogue between the scientific community and decision makers around applying progress and innovation in earthquake engineering to solve current challenges of earthquake prone countries to improve the resilience of large portfolios of schools

Mobilize the interest and action of the earthquake engineering community towards developing technical solutions to improve the resilience of school infrastructure at scale


Part 1: Building and applying the GLoSI

Introduction to the GLoSI by Fernando Ramirez (WB), Taxonomy, data collection and fragility assessment by Dina D’Ayala (UCL), Index buildings and seismic vulnerability assessment by Luis Yamin (Uniandes), Classification of school buildings in El Salvador using the GLoSI taxonomy by Dina D’Ayala (UCL), and Luis Yamin (Uniandes), Applying the GLoSI to inform large scale investments in school infrastructure in the Kyrgyz Republic by Carina Fonseca Ferreira (WB).

Part 2: Using technical advancements to improve the resilience of schools at scale

Seismic assessment of school infrastructure in Greece by Kyriazis Pitilakis (AUTh), Experiences on school retrofitting in the Kyrgyz Republic by Ulugbek Begaliev (International University of Innovation Technologies), Seismic risk assessment in spatially distributed school infrastructure by Eduardo Miranda (Stanford University), Risk analysis beyond losses: creating risk information value by Maryia Markhvida (Stanford University), Damage and response of school buildings after recent Italian earthquakes by Marco Di Ludovico (University of Naples Federico II), Structural Integrity and Damage Assessment for school infrastructure in Nepal by Katherine Coates (ARUP).

 Eduardo Miranda


Wednesday, 20th June 2018 • 11:30-13:00

CR2 (Building M2-Thessaloniki Concert Hall)

Earthquake induced liquefaction risk: holistic assessment and mitigation

Discussion leader: Prof. Kyriazis Pitilakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Coordination: Prof. Giuseppe Modoni, University of Cassino & Southern Lazio

Aim of this mini-workshop is to bring together experts of seismic risk, earthquake induced liquefaction, sustainability, safety and resilience of urban assets to comprehensively discuss the approaches for the assessment and mitigation of liquefaction risk, as well as the strategies to determine its impact to the community. The event aims at presenting the most recent advances regarding the assessment of liquefaction risk at different geographical scales, vulnerability of buildings and of infrastructures, ground improvement technologies and holistic approaches for the mitigation of the liquefaction risk.

The workshop includes a series of oral presentations and a discussion involving the participants.

The list of presentations is:

• Assessment of liquefaction risk at different geographical scales(Prof. Carlo G. Lai, University of Pavia)

• Liquefaction vulnerability of structures and infrastructures on liquefiable deposits(Prof. António Viana da Fonseca, University of Porto)

• Ground improvement to mitigate the liquefaction potential(Prof. Alessandro Flora, University Federico II of Napoli)

• Assessment of the liquefaction risk: case studies (Prof. Giuseppe Modoni, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio)


Wednesday, 20th June 2018 • 15:00-16:30

CR2 (Building M2-Thessaloniki Concert Hall)

SarPol-e-Zahab earthquake in Iran

Session Chairs:

Prof. Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany, President of Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association and Int. Inst. Of Earthquake Engr. and Seismology (IIEES), Iran

Dr. Mehrtash Motamedi, Member of BoD of Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association and University of British Columbia (Canada)

On November 12, 2017, at 21:48 local time, a major earthquake with the moment magnitude of 7.3 occurred in Kermanshah province of Iran. The maximum intensities and most of the destructions have been reported in the SarPol-e-Zahab and Qasr-e-Shirin cities. Over 630 people died, 8,100 injured, 70,000 displaced, and more than 12,000 buildings have been damaged. This session is organized and held by the Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association (IEEA) and includes the technical presentations on seismicity of the area, reporting the structural and nonstructural damage to the residential buildings and industrial structures, as well as the highlights in disaster management and public response to the SarPol-e-Zahab earthquake. Also, a panel discussion is conducted for sharing the experiences with the attendants and concluding the lessons learned.


•  Seismotectonic, Seismology and Strong Ground Motion Aspects of 12 November 2017 Iran Earthquakes, Prof. Mehdi Zare, IIEES, Iran

•  Structural and Nonstructural Damage to the Residential Buildings in 12 November 2017 SarPol-e-Zahab Earthquake, Prof. Abdolreza S.Moghadam, IEEA and IIEES, Iran

•  Failure of the Industrial Structures, Electrical Power Plants and Mechanical Equipment in Sar-Pol-e-Zahab Earthquake, Prof. Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany, IEEA and IIEES, Iran

• Immediate Response to the SarPol-e-Zahab Earthquake and the Recovery ,Dr. Kambod 

A.Hosseini, IIEES, Iran. Presented by Dr. M. Motamedi (IEEA and UBC)

Panel Discussion: Prof. M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, Prof. A. S. Moghadam, Prof. M. Zare, and Dr. M. Motamedi (Moderator)


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