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SlabSTRESS TA project at JRC ELSA Reaction Wall

SlabSTRESS TA project at JRC ELSA Reaction Wall

The SlabSTRESS Transnational Access project was successfully completed at the ELSA Reaction Wall. The team was comprised of 14 researchers from Politecnico di Milano (Italy), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Universitatea Tehnica de Constructii Bucuresti (Romania) and Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal).

The test specimen was a full-scale two-storey reinforced concrete flat-slab structure with plan dimensions 9x14 m. The testing programme included pseudodynamic tests (hybrid simulation of the physical specimen and numerical shear walls) with input corresponding to the Serviceability and Ultimate Limit States and quasi-static tests under imposed cyclic displacement with increasing amplitude (three slab-column joints were strengthened after the first cyclic test).

The project provided new knowledge on the response of flat-slab structures that could not be captured in previous tests on column-slab sub-assemblies. The results will help calibrate models, verify the Eurocode and Model Code models for punching shear, develop new rules for the deformation-based design and detailing of flat-slab structures subjected to earthquake and gravity loads, and improve the design of flat-slab frames as primary seismic structures.

19 research groups from 13 countries participate in the ongoing blind prediction competition.

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SERA at the SEISMIX 2020 Symposium

SERA at the SEISMIX 2020 Symposium

The International Symposium on Deep Seismic Profiling of the Continents and their Margins (SEISMIX) is a biennial scientific meeting. Its next edition will take place in March 2020 in Perth, Australia. This symposium is the largest in its field and is focusing on control source and natural source imaging of the subsurface, from an exploration to a continental scale. It also addresses the latest technological and scientific developments in the application of seismic methods.

Researchers from the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera (ICTJA-CSIC) in Barcelona are presenting the latest and ongoing work related to SERA at the SEISMIX Symposium. The main aim is to disseminate the effort among the community and to stimulate discussions related to seismic data sharing and receiving input on new or desired services related to FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) DSS (deep seismic sounding) data. Special focus will be devoted to the necessity of desired data products and services related to DSS, which could contribute to EPOS. In addition, the seismic database of ICTJA, in coordination with DIGITAL.CSIC (the digital repository of CSIC), will be presented as a prototype example of data management following the FAIR data principles. 

The SEISMIX Symposium will be an outstanding opportunity to make the work carried out within the framework of SERA and EPOS more visible, to discuss cutting edge developments in seismic data management outside Europe, and to reinforce and promote new network collaborations.


Blind prediction test of a shaking table at LNEC

Blind prediction test of a shaking table at LNEC

The SERA Transnational Access activities in Portugal, LNEC, are inviting scientists to participate in their blind prediction test of a shake table on two adjacent interacting masonry buildings. The buildings have been designed to provide more information on the seismic behaviour of historical building aggregates and will be subjected to a sequence of uni- and bi-directional tests. The test will be conducted at the shake table facility of LNEC and consists in a sequence of uni-directional and bi-directional tests.

The test is scheduled for January 2020. The deadline for submission of the blind prediction is December 20th 2019. Results obtained with any analysis method are welcome. A short description of the model and analysis technique is requested.

A webpage with all information on the test has been setup: . All further information as well as questions already posed by participants can be checked there.


Integration of data banks and access services from the earthquake engineering and seismology research infrastructures

Integration of data banks and access services from the earthquake engineering and seismology research infrastructures

A number of European research projects in the fields of seismology and earthquake engineering have produced large amounts of data and related services with the goal of developing new approaches for seismic risk reduction. Nevertheless, the two adjacent scientific disciplines of earthquake engineering and seismology have not yet interfaced their data structures, lacking an interoperable data-sharing structure. A strategy for the integration of data banks and access services from the earthquake engineering (SERIES) and seismology (EPOS) research infrastructures was developed as part of the “Networking experimental seismic engineering databases (SERIES)” work package (WP6). The Joint Research Centre, University of Patras and University of Bergen are contributing to WP6.

The SERIES project represents the most significant effort in Europe towards the interoperability of earthquake engineering experimental data. The work conducted in SERIES enabled the automated integration of experimental results within a number of European laboratories and brought a source for experimental data so that the earthquake engineering community can access data from any SERIES partner by using a single, unified web interface. On the other hand, EPOS integrates the key research infrastructures in seismology, volcanology, geodesy, geology, geomagnetism, anthropogenic hazards and geoenergy applications. Each thematic community develops specific services that are validated and introduced in EPOS for sustainable operation.

The deliverable “D6.5 Roadmap for the integration of data banks and access services from the earthquake engineering (SERIES) and seismology (EPOS) research infrastructures” proposes the integration of the SERIES databases in the existing EPOS service as a new Thematic Core Service (TCS) and exploring possible interoperability with other TCSs (e.g. Seismology) and with international partners. The first step is to consider the SERIES database as the first service of a new Earthquake Engineering Thematic Core Service (E/ENG TCS) within the EPOS architecture. SERIES will initially provide, through EPOS, integrated access to key data and experimental measures produced at some of the best facilities for earthquake engineering worldwide. In its mature phase, the integration process will provide an advanced interoperability within the earthquake engineering community itself, with the sibling TCS seismology and other TCSs, and with international partners. This objective will be guaranteed by means of the implementation of new services and tools for improving user accessibility and experience.

The roadmap identifies the cross-discipline needs in earthquake engineering and seismology data assessed through a questionnaire directed to users and stakeholders operating in the two fields. The questionnaire collected information on requirements and use cases for earthquake engineering and seismological data serving as the basis for the developed roadmap. The metadata structures in EPOS and SERIES were compared, followed by a gap analysis and leading to the requirements for the metadata catalogues development for the proposed new E/ENG TCS. The final version of the roadmap was discussed with SERA and international partners during a dedicated workshop. The roadmap puts forward a strategy with different tasks envisaged to be performed in three steps (short-, mid- and long-term). In the short-term, by the end of the SERA project, a pre-operational access service will be provided to selected SERIES datasets in order to allow validation of identified access technologies and involvement of the user community, for further implementation in EPOS. The activities performed in the mid-term will include a review of how the newly developed services and products will be fully compatible with the requirements of EPOS, at the technical, legal, governance and financial levels. Full integration of the earthquake engineering TCS in EPOS will be achieved in the long-term perspective by providing also access to research infrastructures, laboratories and data centres established outside Europe, thus improving the international dimension of EPOS.


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