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SERA Workshop on seismic hazard assessment in Europe

21 March 2018, Joint Research Centre, Ispra - Italy

SERA Project

Seismic hazard, or the hazard associated with potential earthquakes in a particular area, is the precursor of many human and economic losses in Europe and worldwide. The severe earthquakes that hit central Italy, in August and October 2016, and January 2017, are graphic cases in point.

SERA (Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe) is an EU Horizon 2020 project that aims to reduce the risk posed by natural and anthropogenic earthquakes, based on innovative research and development projects. SERA will significantly improve access to data, services and research infrastructures for scientists and other professionals.

General Information

On 21 March 2018, as part of the SERA project, a Workshop on seismic hazard assessment was held at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. Participants at the Workshop included the SERA project partners, and experts from the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Technical Committee (TC) 250 Sub-Committee (SC) 8, which is responsible for the development of Eurocode 8, the European Standard for the design of structures for earthquake resistance.

CEN/TC 250/SC 8 features among the main stakeholders on the topic of the workshop, as it is responsible for EN 1998 'Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance' and is currently working on the next generation of Eurocodes under a standardisation mandate. The JRC has a fruitful collaboration with CEN Technical Committee 250 'Structural Eurocodes' and its Sub-Committee 8 that counts more than 20 years and covers all the phases of development, further harmonisation, international promotion and updating of the Eurocodes.

Objectives and Conclusions

The objectives of the workshop were to provide first-hand insights on the outputs of SERA project, to integrate SERA activities with other scientific efforts in the field, and to ensure a widely accepted basis for the development of the new European Seismic Hazard Model (ESHM).

At the Workshop more than 30 experts from across Europe discussed the latest developments, for example regarding updating and extension of the ESHM, definition of ground conditions, representation of seismic action in Eurocode 8, engineering requirements for the design of earthquake-resistant structures, as well as the views from EU Member States on seismic hazard assessment. The SERA partners and CEN/TC 250/SC 8 expressed interest in continuing discussions towards knowledge transfer from research to standardisation, for development of a widely accepted reference seismic hazard map, and agreed to establish a liaison to facilitate collaboration and exchange of views

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Participants at the SERA Workshop on seismic hazard assessment, in Ispra, Italy. © European Commission.