12th International Conference on Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures
5 - 7 June 2019
The 12th International Conference on Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures took place in Seville, Spain. The Conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Professor Patrick de Wilde.
The conference, which started Thessaloniki, Greece in 1997, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The Meeting provides a unique forum for the discussion of basic and applied research in the various fields of earthquake engineering relevant to the design of structures.
Opening of the Conference
The conference was opened by Professor de Wilde who welcomed the delegates to the conference, before paying tribute to the founder of the Wessex Institute, the late Prof Carlos A Brebbia.
Professor de Wilde then mentioned that the main object of WIT is the dissemination of knowledge, with particular emphasis on science and engineering. Another way in which this is achieved is by the publication of papers from conferences and Journals, through its publishing arm, WIT Press.
There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:
- “Numerical model of TRM reinforced masonry walls under lateral in plane loads”, by B. Torres Gorriz, University of Alicante, Spain.
- “Relative displacements of 3D optical markers for deformations and crack monitoring of a masonry structure under shaking table tests”, by Dr I. Roselli, ENEA Research Centre, Italy.
- “Seismic retrofit of existing buildings led by non-linear dynamic analyses”, by Dr. C. Porcu, University of Cagliari, Italy.
The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:
- Building performance
- Seismic isolation and energy dissipation
- Dynamic analysis
There were numerous occasions for holding informal discussions during the coffee breaks and the complimentary lunches provided.
Papers presented at this conference will appear in Vol.185 of the WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting will be available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (https://www.witpress.com/elibrary) from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.
A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Safety and Security. The Journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of papers on the most recent developments in the theoretical and practical aspects of these important fields. The Journal covers areas such as crisis management; security engineering; natural disasters and emergencies; terrorism; IT security; man-made hazards; risk management; control; protection and mitigation issues.
The Conference dinner took place at Oriza, a beautiful restaurant built within the walls of the Royal Alcazar of Seville. The participants enjoyed local dishes The evening was particularly appreciated by the participants.
Closing of the Conference
The conference was closed by Professor de Wilde who thanked the delegates for attending and hoped that they would consider attending the next conference in the series which is due to be reconvened in 2021.
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