Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

The present paper summarizes the original approach, the different stages, the innovative algorithms and the most interesting results of a new, “simplified procedure” for mapping Earthquake Vulnerability in urban areas. The devised procedure is based on the processing data generated by “Remote Sensing Techniques”, for the design and the construction of two different square matrixes: Building Vulnerability Matrix and Soil Vulnerability Matrix. Combination of mathematical classification procedures and matrix analysis techniques have been designed and implemented, for creating the “basic models” of the mentioned matrixes, together with the related algorithms, “ad hoc” devised. The classes and the groups generated within the described two basic matrixes are merged all together into a designed Urban Vulnerability Matrix. Further matrix calculations are performed, generating new “Earthquake Vulnerability Zones”. It will then be possible, from such matrix, to construct an Urban Earthquake Vulnerability Zoning Map . Finally, the author presents the results of the first case-history of the described new “simplified procedure”: the first practical implementation has been carried out in a small town, in a high seismic area of southern Italy.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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An Innovative Procedure for the Rapid Mapping of Urban Earthquake Vulnerability

San Diego, California

The present paper summarizes the original approach, the different stages, the innovative algorithms and the most interesting results of a new, “simplified procedure” for mapping Earthquake Vulnerability in urban areas. The devised procedure is based on the processing data generated by “Remote Sensing Techniques”, for the design and the construction of two different square matrixes: Building Vulnerability Matrix and Soil Vulnerability Matrix. Combination of mathematical classification procedures and matrix analysis techniques have been designed and implemented, for creating the “basic models” of the mentioned matrixes, together with the related algorithms, “ad hoc” devised. The classes and the groups generated within the described two basic matrixes are merged all together into a designed Urban Vulnerability Matrix. Further matrix calculations are performed, generating new “Earthquake Vulnerability Zones”. It will then be possible, from such matrix, to construct an Urban Earthquake Vulnerability Zoning Map . Finally, the author presents the results of the first case-history of the described new “simplified procedure”: the first practical implementation has been carried out in a small town, in a high seismic area of southern Italy.