The 16th Mallet-Milne Lecture: Dealing with Earthquakes

Earthquake engineering as if people mattered

The biennial Mallet–Milne Lecture is organised by SECED in memory of the two founding fathers of engineering seismology: Robert Mallet and John Milne. The concept of the Mallet–Milne lecture series is to capture a lifetime of experience from eminent professionals who have spent their careers working in the field of seismology or earthquake engineering. In recognition of his great contribution to British earthquake engineering, Edmund Booth was elected to deliver the 16th Mallet–Milne Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. The lecture was held on 24th May 2017 in the Thomas Telford Theatre to great aclaim. The lecture will also be published as an open access publication - more details to follow..

Edmund in northern California

Edmund has had a distinguished career in earthquake engineering, working on many international projects as a consultant for the seismic design and analysis of buildings, bridges, industrial structures, offshore structures and projects for the nuclear power and petrochemical industry. He has applied his expertise to the seismic assessment of historical and non-engineered buildings and to seismic risk assessment studies world-wide. Significantly, Edmund has promoted the earthquake engineering discipline throughout his career, lecturing at several universities, being one of the founders of the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), a past Chair of SECED, and representing the UK on many expert committees, including his current role as Chair of the British Standards Institution’s committee dealing with the seismic Eurocode, EC8.

Edmund in Kathmandu with Amod Dixit

To research further the theme of his lecture, Dealing with Earthquakes, Edmund undertook a study tour of four contrasting locations with high seismicity, where he spoke to a wide variety of professionals, both engineers and those from other disciplines. Generous travel grants were provided for the tour by SECED, EEFIT and the Institution of Civil Engineers Research and Innovation Fund. More details of his travels are included in the SECED Newsletter of August 2016, Vol. 27, No. 2.