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FINAL WORKSHOP “DARE” : 25 – 26 October 2013 (Read More)

For the last five years my coworkers and I have had the fortune to be involved in research related to the development of a new paradigm in seismic soil-foundation-structure interaction. One of our promises to the sponsor was to have an open-to-all closing symposium, in order to communicate the main findings of our activities to the general profession.

We are thus having our Closing Workshop-Symposium from 25th of October afternoon until 26th noon, 2013.

I am attaching our flyer and Program of the Symposium. The Symposiun will be held in a nice conference center in Kastri, at the outskirts of Athens, 30 min drive from the airport.

George Gazetas

4th JAPAN-GREECE WORKSHOP 2011 (Read More)

The 4th Japan–Greece Workshop :
“Seismic Design of Foundations, Innovations in Seismic Design, and Protection of Cultural Heritage, Special Issue : The 2011 East Japan Great Earthquake”, editors : T. Tazoh & G. Gazetas, Kobe, Japan, 6-7 October 2011.

Organized by:
• Earthquake Engineering Committee of Japanese Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE)
• Kobe Gakuin University
• Hellenic Society for Earthquake Engineering, Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)
• Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, National Technical University of Athens (ΝΤUA)
• Project DARE funded by ERC
• Project PERPETUATE funded by EC FP7

Introduction :
11–3–11, the day that the colossal magnitude 9 earthquake shook Japan, and the world, as it triggered an unprecedented bleak sequence of calamities, obliterating towns and small cities, and turning the lives of ordinary citizens upside down. We, as all people around the globe, watched speechless at the extent of the disaster, but with sympathy and astonishment at the stoic heroism, dignity, and altruism with which survivors confronted the devastating loss and the terrifying danger; and we marveled at the determination of the whole nation to help rebuilding with no delay.

We recalled the Kobe disaster in 1995, and the equally heroic efforts to rebuild, and even expand the city, in response to devastation — efforts that met unequivocal success. Our civil engineering profession, of which You are a part, was at the forefront of that feat. We have no doubt that You are again leading the effort in the aftermath of Japan’s worst ever combination of earthquake and tsunami. I am sure you will succeed.

This Workshop, and the special session on the March 11 Earthquake that your society has organized, are a vivid testament to your determination to overcome the painful plight.

Along with my sincere condolences on behalf of the Greek participants and our Society, allow me to express my strong conviction that with your unselfish help Japan will emerge stronger from this disaster, as it has done so many times in the past. (Vol.1), (Vol.2), (Vol.3).


First DARE Workshop (Read More)

Dear Friends / Colleagues,
The 1st DARE WORKSHOP will take place on Friday 4th of February at the multimedia lecture theater in the campus of NTUA. You and your coworkers on the project are invited. The workshop program may be found here: (Program)

George Gazetas

3rd Greece–Japan Workshop (Read More)

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.

Organized by:
• 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

Introduction :
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
September 2009