International Graduate Summer Course of 2013
This course was held during 30 May to 22 June 2013 at the EERC in Selfoss, Iceland. It followed the Summer course from 2012 on Natural Disaster Management. This time the focus was on Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology.
Earthquakes are a global threat to the man-made environment and the infrastructure of the modern society, and cause numerous casualties every year. Iceland is the most seismically active region in Northern Europe and has a long historical catalogue of damaging earthquakes. Over the last couple of decades three strong earthquakes of magnitudes 6.3-6.5 have struck in the populated lowlands of the South Iceland Seismic Zone.
This course continued the line of international summer courses held at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland, on natural hazards. It is held in the wake of three strong earthquakes in South Iceland in 2000 and 2008, and the recent earthquake sequence in North Iceland in 2012-2013.
The goal was to provide the participants with knowledge and understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of earthquake effects on the man-made environment. This included addressing the various effects of the earthquake source, source-site geometry, wave propagation, site effects, and structural behavior during damaging earthquakes, and how this information is applied in conceptual and codified design according to EUROCODE 8. Participants also obtained first-hand experience in measuring earthquake waves and monitoring structural vibrations. The skills acquired by participants in this course have international applications.