Earthquake Engineering Research Centre

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Earthquake Engineering 

The objective of the earthquake engineering research, within the Centre, is to gain knowledge of the nature and effect of earthquakes. The main areas of research are: 

  • Mathematical modelling of earthquakes
  • Measurements
  • Earthquake loading
  • System identification of structures
  • Earthquake mitigation in complex structures
  • Risk analysis of structures
  • Earthquake resistance of hydroelectric power plants
  • Earthquake resistance of lifelines

Collaboration



International collaboration and participation in multinational research projets, is an important part of EERC's activities. There are many collaborators and they come from many countries; UK, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Sweden, USA and New  Zealand, to name a few.

Research results are regularly presented at conferences at various places in the world. The most notable is participation in the World Conference on Earthquake Engineering the European Engineering Conference which are held every fourth year. At the conferences the researches from the EERC present their work by giving lectures or contributing posters or acting as chairmen of discussion sessions.

Ragnar Sigbjörnsson is a member of the board of editors for the following journals: Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering and Journal of Wind Engineering.

The EERC takes part in a project which involves several nations and is called Internet Site for Strong-Motion Data (ISESD). The ISESD databank, http://www.ISESD.hi.is, is one of the results from that project. The databank contains acceleration data measured in Icelandic earthquakes and corresponding data from earthquakes in other  European countries and the Middle East.

Visiting professor also play an important role in the activities of EERC. They are important links between the EERC and research institutions in other countries and come regularly to Iceland and hold lectures and seminars at the EERC and at the environmental- and civil-engineering department of the University of Iceland. The visiting professors, which are among the most highly regarded specialists in the world in their fields, are the following: 

  • Athol J. Carr, professor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Field  of interest: earthquake engineering.
  • Apostolos S. Papageorgiou, professor at the University of Patras in Greece. Field of interest: engineering seismology with an emphasis on simulation methods.
  • John Douglas, specialist at BRGM (French Geological Survey).
    Field of interest: engineering seismology with an emphasis on empirical
    methods.