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Better assessment of UK earthquake ground motions for engineering purposes

Event organised by Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

25 January 2023

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In this meeting we will discuss a recently-funded Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship project that aims to develop a UK ground-motion model using a state-of-the-art approach. Firstly, we will summarise the limitations of current approaches for ground-motion modelling for critical infrastructure (e.g. nuclear power plants) in the UK, and why we are developing a new model.

Secondly, we will present the plan for our project, based on the hybrid empirical method and discuss the challenges in applying this approach for the UK. Lastly, we would like to receive feedback on our plans from the audience and understand your needs for a UK ground-motion model.


Dr John Douglas

Dr John Douglas

University of Strathclyde

senior lecturer

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Dr John Douglas

John obtained his Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Engineering Seismology) in 2001, following a B.Sc. Hons (First Class) degree in Mathematics (both from Imperial College London, UK). In 2010, he was awarded his accreditation to supervise research (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in seismology by the University of Grenoble (France). He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) working in the fields of seismic hazard and risk evaluation. Previously (2004-2015) he was a senior engineering seismologist at BRGM (French Geological Survey). From 2009 to 2014 he was a visiting professor at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland.

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Shelly-Ann Russell