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Towards earthquake-proof buildings: research and developments on multi-hazard resilient buildings

Event organised by Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

27 March 2024

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Recent earthquakes have further highlighted a critical gap between societal expectations and the seismic performance of modern buildings, requiring a shift in design objectives towards a low-damage philosophy.

Decades of research have honed cost-effective plug-and-play technologies for the entire building system, proposing solutions like post-tensioned rocking dissipative connections for modular structural systems and damage-control techniques for non-structural elements.

This integration results in an “earthquake-proof” building system, representing the next generation of high-performance structures. Furthermore, transitioning to a resilient and more sustainable built environment requires further steps: integrating seismic safety and environmental sustainability and considering multi-hazard scenarios, with a specific focus on more frequent and severe climate-induced events.

Also, improving overall community resilience and targeting integrated low-damage low-carbon building systems to minimize post-earthquake damage and related socio-economic-environmental losses, as well as emphasizing the use of bio-based materials and modular systems to cut construction and demolition waste.

This presentation aims to provide evidence of the potential of implementing an integrated, low-damage, resilient, and sustainable structural/non-structural system. The talk will initially give an overview of damage-control technologies for both structural and non-structural components.

The discussion will then delve into recent investigations involving experimental testing and numerical simulations. These include large-scale shake table tests demonstrating the seismic potential of low-damage systems for overall building systems (such as timber-concrete structures with glazed/concrete facades and gypsum/masonry partitions) and full-scale facade components.

Additionally, numerical investigations will be presented to capture the dynamic behaviour of the tested solutions and derive fragility curves.

The presentation will also cover loss assessments comparing conventional and low-damage systems, incorporating energy simulations and life-cycle analysis. The overarching goal is to underscore the imperative of enhancing safety levels for buildings through the development of integrated, multi-functional solutions.

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The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics

SECED promotes the study and practice of earthquake and civil engineering dynamics, including blast, impact, and other vibration problems.


Simona Bianchi

Simona Bianchi

Delft University of Technology

postdoctoral researcher and lecturer

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Simona Bianchi

Simona Bianchi, Ph.D., P.E., is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer within the Structural Design & Mechanics Group at the Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. Her research primarily concerns probabilistic risk assessment and resilience design, with a specific focus on earthquake-proof and environmentally sustainable building technologies. 

She has been awarded a prestigious EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship to work on performance assessment and multi-criteria decision-making of building facades. Currently, she serves as the technical lead for the €7.5M Horizon Europe MULTICARE project, aiming to develop low-carbon resilient solutions and digital tools for assessing, designing and managing multi-hazard resilience.

Jonathan Ciurlanti

Jonathan Ciurlanti


data engineer

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Jonathan Ciurlanti

Jonathan Ciurlanti, Ph.D., P.E., is a data engineer and data & analytics representative at Arup Netherlands. With a diverse background in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Structural-Seismic Engineering Cum Laude, he possesses a unique combination of engineering knowledge and digital skills.

At Arup, he is currently involved in many digital initiatives, from real-time monitoring to carbon data collection & analytics, in which he effectively helps in managing the end-to-end process. Due to his passion for research and education, Jonathan maintains an active collaboration with academia, engaging in research related to sustainable structural design, probabilistic-based computational methods, risk assessment, and resilience against natural hazards & climate change.

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