Role of Seismic Testing Facilities in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering

SERIES Workshop

  • Michael N. Fardis
  • Zoran T. Rakicevic
Conference proceedings

Part of the Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Matt S. Dietz, Luiza Dihoru, Olafur Oddbjornsson, Mateusz Bocian, Mohammad M. Kashani, James A. P. Norman et al.
    Pages 21-41
  3. Zoran T. Rakicevic, Aleksandra Bogdanovic, Dimitar Jurukovski
    Pages 43-63
  4. Ulas Cilingir, Stuart Haigh, Charles Heron, Gopal Madabhushi, Jean-Louis Chazelas, Sandra Escoffier
    Pages 83-98
  5. Francesco Marazzi, Ioannis Politopoulos, Alberto Pavese
    Pages 99-118
  6. Subhamoy Bhattacharya, Domenico Lombardi, Luiza Dihoru, Matt S. Dietz, Adam J. Crewe, Colin A. Taylor
    Pages 135-158
  7. Francesco Lunghi, Alberto Pavese, Simone Peloso, Igor Lanese, Davide Silvestri
    Pages 159-176
  8. Mihai H. Zaharia, Gabriela M. Atanasiu
    Pages 177-198
  9. Veronika Shendova, Zoran T. Rakicevic, Lidija Krstevska, Ljubomir Tashkov, Predrag Gavrilovic
    Pages 221-245
  10. Jean Soubestre, Claude Boutin, Matt S. Dietz, Luiza Dihoru, Stéphane Hans, Erdin Ibraim et al.
    Pages 247-263
  11. Özgür Kurç, Haluk Sucuoğlu, Marco Molinari, Gabriele Zanon
    Pages 287-303
  12. Theodore L. Karavasilis, James M. Ricles, Richard Sause, Cheng Chen
    Pages 323-343
  13. Ioannis N. Psycharis, Haralambos P. Mouzakis, Panayotis G. Carydis
    Pages 345-365
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 383-384

About these proceedings


Nowadays research in earthquake engineering is mainly experimental and in large-scale; advanced computations are integrated with large-scale experiments, to complement them and extend their scope, even by coupling two different but simultaneous tests. Earthquake engineering cannot give answers by testing and qualifying few, small typical components or single large prototypes. Besides, the large diversity of Civil Engineering structures does not allow drawing conclusions from only a few tests; structures are large and their seismic response and performance cannot be meaningfully tested in an ordinary lab or in the field. So, seismic testing facilities should be much larger than in other scientific fields; their staff has to be resourceful, devising intelligent ways to carry out simultaneously different tests and advanced computations. To better serve such a mission European testing facilities and researchers in earthquake engineering have shared their resources and activities in the framework of the European project SERIES, combining their research and jointly developing advanced testing and instrumentation techniques that maximize testing capabilities and increase the value of the tests. This volume presents the first outcomes of the SERIES and its contribution towards Performance-based Earthquake Engineering, i.e., to the most important development in Earthquake Engineering of the past three decades. The concept and the methodologies for performance-based earthquake engineering have now matured. However, they are based mainly on analytical/numerical research; large-scale seismic testing has entered the stage recently. The SERIES Workshop in Ohrid (MK) in Sept. 2010 pooled together the largest European seismic testing facilities, Europe’s best experts in experimental earthquake engineering and select experts from the USA, to present recent research achievements and to address future developments.

Audience: This volume will be of interest to researchers and advanced practitioners in structural earthquake engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, and  experimental dynamics, including seismic qualification.


Earthquake motions Earthquake resistance Seismic design Seismic qualification Seismic testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael N. Fardis
    • 1
  • Zoran T. Rakicevic
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Civil EngineeringUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece
  2. 2.Engineering Seismology (IZIIS), Dynamic Testing Laboratory & InformaticsInstitute of Earthquake Engineering andSkopjeMacedonia

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