Methodology and Work Plan

The work plan comprises a set of intertwined and synergistic networking, transnational access and joint research activities. The three WPs of networking activities of the project have a two-pronged strategy, aiming at:

  • establishing a seamless and sustainable platform of co-operation between the European research infrastructures in earthquake engineering, developing synergies and complementarities between them and fostering their joint development in terms of performance and access, and
  • reaching out to Europe’s widest possible community of science and technology (S/T) and practice in earthquake engineering, to spread the RTD outcomes of the research infrastructures, increase awareness of their capabilities and attract users to benefit from them during and after the project.

The platform of co-operation between the research infrastructures will comprise:

  • A corporate web-portal, serving as the central contact point for the project and the main reference point for research infrastructures in earthquake engineering in Europe, during the project and indefinitely afterwards. It will provide education and dissemination material, information on transnational access, workshop details, telepresence in experimental activities, repository of scientific knowledge (including that generated during the project), information on the qualification of research infrastructures, etc., and most important, access to the distributed database.
  • A distributed database of experimental information, whereby the data stay at the individual facility and a communication protocol ensures their transfer to the end user in a common language and format. It will contain experimental data and all supporting documentation: data generated by the research infrastructures during the project (transnational access included), past data from the very research infrastructures and from literature (converting them to the database format) and new data uploaded in the future. It will soon become the world’s largest source of experimental information in earthquake engineering. It will provide real-time access to data generated during experimental campaigns and on-line access and interaction through telepresence and distributed testing.
  • Capability for geographically distributed concurrent testing at several research infrastructures, enlarging their individual capabilities and profiting from their complementarities. It will encompass all research infrastructures possessing Reaction Walls and PsD testing capabilities, large or small. Compounded with training of beneficiaries’ technical and research personnel on advances in testing and good practice in operation of research infrastructures, it will pave the way for up-and-coming ones to develop further in the framework of a dynamic map of research infrastructures in Europe.
  • A common protocol for qualification of earthquake engineering research infrastructures in Europe.

Europe’s S/T and professional earthquake engineering community will be fully engaged, via:

  • the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (through KOERI);
  • the CEN Subcommittee for drafting and maintaining the European Standard for seismic design;
  • the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP);
  • the European Earthquake Protection Initiative (EEPI);
  • the International Federation for Structural Concrete, fib;
  • the project’s four international open Workshops, organised in seismic South-Eastern Europe
  • liaison with relevant national and international networks.

Seven WPs of transnational access to a world-class portfolio of complementary facilities, namely to EU’s largest reaction wall and PsD lab, its four largest shake tables, its two largest centrifuges and the largest seismic tester of bearings, will be offered free of charge, along with the full infrastructural, logistical, technological and scientific support. Users of access will be attracted, selected and trained through the networking activities; they will also disseminate their RTD results to the widest possible audience through them. Tests conducted during transnational access will systematically use telepresence and on a pilot basis distributed testing, both established in the networking activities. More important, it is mostly in such tests that new techniques to be developed by the project’s joint research activities will be tried on a pilot basis, calibrated and validated.

Fundamental technologies or techniques for efficient and joint use of the research infrastructures will be promoted in three WPs of joint research activities in areas of world-excellence of the beneficiaries:

  • Concepts, requirements and prototyping of new-generation electro-dynamic actuators (including coupling with hydraulic ones) for high-performance, high-quality real-time testing.
  • New instrumentation and sensing techniques for improved test control and measurement at high frequencies; dedicated software for data collection, processing and communication for distributed testing and simulation at virtual facilities integrating different infrastructures.
  • New capabilities and techniques for experimental study of soil-structure-interaction and seismic wave propagation phenomena, currently insufficiently covered by experimental research infrastructures at world level.



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