The 16th Mallet-Milne Lecture

Edmund Booth

Dealing with Earthquakes:
The Practice of Earthquake Engineering as if People Mattered

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 acclaim. The lecture has been published as an open access publication (see below).

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.

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.

The lecture has been published in the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering and is freely available to download. View paper

Edmund in northern California
Edmund in Kathmandu with Amod Dixit


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