Workshop presentation

To address the fundamental issues of the Workshop, we invited both senior researchers who have a broad view of the field and some of the most promising young researchers who will lead the activities in the decades to come. The workshop comprises presentation and discussion sessions. We will first examine the state of knowledge in light of the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes about disaster Resilience. Then we will solicit the views form Japan, Asia, Europe, South and North America on the new directions for Resilience-Based Design (RBD). In these path-forward sessions, the group coordinator and six or seven speakers from each region will present their vision of where seismic engineering needs to be to enable our profession to better steward the build environment and make our society more resilient to natural disasters, and what needs to be done to get there. Then, we intend to foster small-group discussion on: design and improvement of new and existing structures and infrastructure, implementation in engineering practice to immediately affect the resilience of our communities, and new research to develop and adopt new civil/structural technologies and modeling tools. Different approaches in the world and their eventual synergetic effects on future development will be examined and discussed, as well as ideas how to coordinate efforts among the world-leading engineering communities. Finally, we intend to merge the written contributions for the workshop, together with the conclusions and resolutions, will be published in a special issue in the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, hoping that the special issue will become an important reference publication in the field of RBD. The first two days of the workshop will take place in Torino in one of the most prestigious Politecnico conference facilities, the Hall of Honour of the Valentino's Castle a 16th century royal residence, while the third day will be hosted in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), a science hub located in Ispra on the Lake Maggiore, about 130 km from Torino.


Although substantial progress has been made in science and technology towards improved performance of the built environment, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, infectious diseases outbreaks, and social unrest have persistently been responsible for loss of life, disruption of commerce and financial networks, damaged property, and loss of business continuity and essential services during the last two decades. Many physical infrastructures are vulnerable to natural hazards (e.g. along coastlines and in earthquake-prone regions) as well as man-made hazards, and the risk across the world of damage due to hazardous events continues to increase. Major research activities on resilience-based earthquake engineering have been supported and coordinated by large research groups and networks. However, even with this progress the earthquake engineering community is facing many new challenges. During the last 5 years alone at least six devastating earthquakes have occurred, reminding us that destructive events still threaten the lives of millions, property, social structure, and economic wellbeing of individuals, communities, and countries all over the world. Today, the main question is: how do we use resilience-based seismic engineering to steward our built environment and make it safer, resilient and sustainable in the future? Our aim is to develop a common global vision for earthquake engineering and resilience design, while recognizing unique regional traditions. It is the objective of this workshop to assess and develop strategies how to improve community resilience against a major event. We will chart a path for tackling new challenges in evaluation and repair of existing structures, design of new structures and infrastructure, cost-effective risk management, and impact on society and economy to increase the resilience of the communities in which we live.