Advances in Design and Assessment of Buildings Subjected to Tsunami


The devastating effects of recent earthquake-triggered tsunami, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake-tsunami, have highlighted the threat posed by tsunami to coastal communities across the world. Advances have been made in the modelling of earthquake-triggered tsunami hazards, however understanding the impact of onshore tsunami inundation on coastal structures still remains a challenge. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the state-of-the-art in the field of tsunami vulnerability modelling. It will discuss current advances and challenges in performance-based design and assessment of buildings subjected to tsunami, such as: 1) a novel procedure for performing nonlinear static analysis to the new ASCE 7-16 tsunami design guidelines; and 2) a new approach for the performance assessment of existing buildings in coastal areas

About the speaker

Prof. Tiziana Rossetto – UCL EPICentre

Tiziana Rossetto is a Professor in Earthquake Engineering at UCL, where she Co-directs EPICentre: an interdisciplinary centre for multi-hazard resilience. Tiziana has been working on tsunami and their interaction with buildings since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Her research group has developed a tsunami simulator with HR Wallingford and conducted large scale tsunami inundation tests to improve understanding of tsunami runup and forces on buildings. She has also led work on advancing structural analysis methods for tsunami. Her research in this field has been funded by several research grants from the ERC, EPSRC, UKRI and Willis Research Network.

Dr Marco Baiguera – UCL EPICentre

Marco Baiguera is a Research Fellow in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) at UCL. After gaining his PhD in Structural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, he joined the tsunami engineering research group at UCL EPICentre in 2018. He has contributed to the development of innovative tools for the assessment of buildings to tsunami. These include a nonlinear static procedure for the design of buildings to tsunami, which will be referenced in the commentary to the new edition of ASCE 7-22 tsunami design guidelines. Together with international partners at Willis Research Network and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Marco has investigated the impact of sequential earthquake and tsunami on concrete buildings in Japan and Chile.

Dr Marta Del Zoppo – University of Naples Federico II

Marta Del Zoppo is a Research Fellow in the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II (Italy). She is a Chartered Civil Engineer specialized in performance assessment and retrofit of existing buildings with composite materials. She received her PhD (2018) in Phenomena and Environmental Risks at University of Naples Parthenope (Italy), and was a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology (2016) and UCL EPICentre (2019). She is conducting research in the field of sustainable retrofit solutions for existing reinforced concrete and masonry structures, and of tsunami engineering. She was PI of the granted project AWARE on the assessment of existing structures to tsunami, and member of national and international research projects in the field of tsunami vulnerability assessment of physical assets in coastal communities.


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Event Details

Event Date 17/09/2020 1:00 pm
Event End Date 17/09/2020 2:00 pm