RCUK-TUBITAK Research Partnerships

Population growth and urbanisation worldwide exposure to the seismic hazard increases, with the greatest risk arising from substandard constructions particularly in developing countries.

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The aim of the project was to develop, an innovative, integrated and efficient framework for multi-hazard seismic risk assessment and disaster mitigation in developing countries. Earthquake related intelligence were obtained from smart devices in real-time for the first time and integrated in to the framework. This synergy contributes to the coordination of post-earthquake search and rescue actions, enhance situational awareness and to validate earthquake risk assessment predictions. In this project a new methodology for rapid assessment of structures was created to consider all components of primary/secondary earthquake hazards (e.g. landslides and liquefaction), structural vulnerability and financial/economic aspects. The practicality and the efficiency of the framework were proved by carrying out a risk assessment study in the Marmara region in Turkey. The developed framework is capable of providing optimal mitigation strategies to reduce economic losses and manage the social impacts of earthquakes in Turkey, and it can be extended to the rest of the world. Recommendations for social/disaster management and efficient communication of risk mitigation strategies were provided to people/government in case of severe earthquakes.

Sponsor

ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (EPSRC)

Research Themes

Hazards

Infrastructure

Project Dates

Start Date : 01/02/2016
End Date : 15/02/2020 

Links

RAPID RISK ASSESSMENT FOR TURKEY

People Involved

Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas
Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
Dr Zuhal Ozdemir

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