Earthquakes can strike suddenly and without warning. An earthquake is a violent and abrupt shaking of the ground, caused by movement between tectonic plates along a fault line in the earth's crust. Earthquakes can result in the ground shaking, soil liquefaction, landslides, fissures, avalanches, fires and tsunamis. The extent of destruction and harm caused by an earthquake depends on various factors like magnitude, intensity and duration, the local geology, the time of day that it occurs, building and industrial plant design and materials, the risk-management measures put in place. It is thus imperative to study seismic vulnerability of building systems to try and avoid social and economic losses.
Seismic vulnerability can be defined as the degree of loss of a given element at risk, such as buildings, resulting from the occurrence of an earthquake event. The seismic vulnerability of a structure is a quantity associated with its weakness in the case of earthquakes of a given intensity. The value of this quantity and the knowledge of seismic hazards can be used to evaluate the expected damage from future earthquakes. Seismic Assessment provides a technical basis for the second-generation performance-based seismic design of structures e.g., offshore structures, buildings, and bridges. Computational methods make it easy and economical to analyze structures. This workshop covers a plethora of topics on damage modeling and seismic vulnerability of RC, Masonry, and steel structures.