3rd Greece–Japan Workshop :
“Seismic Design, Observation, Retrofit of Foundations, Special Theme: Seismic Protection of Cultural Heritage”, editors : George Gazetas, Yozo Goto, Takashi Tazoh, Santorini, Greece, 22–23 September, 2009.
• the Hellenic Society for Earthquake Engineering (HCEE) and
• the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with
• the Earthquake Engineering Committee of the Japanese Society of Civil Engineering
The 3rd Greece‐Japan Workshop on Seismic Design of Foundations follows the very successful previous Workshops (WS) : in Athens (October 2005) and Tokyo (April 2007). A common feature of these WS was the active participation of leading researchers‐practitioners (mostly from Japan) and academics (mostly from Greece). The topics of these WS covered a wide range of foundation problems, as well as a few topics of more general interest in earthquake geotechnics. The Greek authors had mostly emphasized numerical and analytical solutions ; the Japanese researchers utilised large‐scale experimental testing along with numerical simulations, mainly in support of innovative design concepts. As a result, valuable cross fertilization
of methods, topics, and ideas has been developing between our two engineering communities. While many of the characteristics of the first two WS have been preserved, this 3rd WS initiates a double departure :
• The topics broaden to encompass earthquake and geotechnical problems not strictly related to foundations, including seismic retrofitting and analysis of bridges, as well analysis of dams, slopes, retaining systems.
• A Special Theme Session on the Seismic protection of cultural heritage is established as a significant part of the WS. The topics of this session range from seismic analysis of ancient monuments, protection of artifacts, restoration of earthquake damaged historic structures, to policy aspects of restoration and prioritization. Seven of the related lectures have been submitted in writing to appear in these Proceedings. As always, in addition to Japanese and Greek authors, there are articles and/or oral presentations from leading engineers from France, USA, U.K., India, China, Algeria, Austria.
We hope that the readers of the Proceedings will be satisfied with (or despite of ) such a broad variety of subjects. (Proceedings)
G. Gazetas, Y. Goto, T. Tazoh