Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

Soil conditions and site effects play an important role in the vulnerability assessment of lifelines and infrastructures under strong seismic excitation. Due to the spatial extent of these networks, they are subjected to non-uniform and incoherent ground motion as a result of the variability of soil and geological conditions; consequently their vulnerability assessment depends entirely on the variability of soil conditions and ground motion, known as site effects, for a given seismic scenario. Fragility functions for the exposed elements at risk, composing the different lifelines and infrastructure systems, play an equally important role. The paper presents some selected results of a recent application of a comprehensive methodology assessing the vulnerability of several lifeline systems in Thessaloniki in Greece. The work is part of a large research program, aiming to the development of a general methodology for the assessment of the seismic risk for the building stock, lifeline systems and infrastructures at urban scale. Key factors of the methodology are the inventory, the typology, the specific characteristics and the importance (global value) of the elements at risk, the development of seismic scenarios (seismic hazard) and the geotechnical characterization, with the detailed site response analysis. The methodology and the role of soil and site conditions are highlighted with representative examples of the application in Thessaloniki.

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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The Role of Soil and Site Conditions in the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Lifelines and Infrastructures. The Case of Thessaloniki (Greece).

San Diego, California

Soil conditions and site effects play an important role in the vulnerability assessment of lifelines and infrastructures under strong seismic excitation. Due to the spatial extent of these networks, they are subjected to non-uniform and incoherent ground motion as a result of the variability of soil and geological conditions; consequently their vulnerability assessment depends entirely on the variability of soil conditions and ground motion, known as site effects, for a given seismic scenario. Fragility functions for the exposed elements at risk, composing the different lifelines and infrastructure systems, play an equally important role. The paper presents some selected results of a recent application of a comprehensive methodology assessing the vulnerability of several lifeline systems in Thessaloniki in Greece. The work is part of a large research program, aiming to the development of a general methodology for the assessment of the seismic risk for the building stock, lifeline systems and infrastructures at urban scale. Key factors of the methodology are the inventory, the typology, the specific characteristics and the importance (global value) of the elements at risk, the development of seismic scenarios (seismic hazard) and the geotechnical characterization, with the detailed site response analysis. The methodology and the role of soil and site conditions are highlighted with representative examples of the application in Thessaloniki.