EERI-Eucentre-ReLUIS Reconnaissance Team in Italy

amatrice-towerAs part of the Learning from Earthquakes program, EERI is joining with the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (Eucentre) and Rete dei Laboratori Universitari di Ingegneria Sismica (ReLUIS) to conduct a reconnaissance trip in Italy from September 12-16, 2016. The team will study the impacts of the August 24, 2016 Amatrice earthquake.

We thank EERI members for the many responses to assist and support our mission to the region. In the tradition of EERI reconnaissance efforts, the team assembled for the Amatrice reconnaissance trip is represented by earthquake engineers from both academia and practice. This team was also designed by the LFE Executive Committee to provide opportunities for younger members participate in reconnaissance activities.

EERI delegation members are:

Silvia Mazzoni (M. EERI, 2010, and EERI Delegation Leader), Consultant and Research Engineer at UC Berkeley
Erica Fischer (M. EERI, 2010), Design Engineer, Degenkolb Engineers, Seattle
Paolo Calvi (M. EERI, 2016), Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Dick Dreyer (M. EERI, 1995), Principal, Holmes Culley, San Francisco

Guido Magenes, Professor and Head of Masonry Structures Area, Eucentre and University of Pavia, will act as the Eucentre Delegation Leader. Angelo Masi of University of Basilicata will act as ReLUIS Delegation Leader. Additional members of the team from Eucentre are Roberto Nascimbene, Andrea Penna, and Massimiliano Stucchi, while ReLUIS representatives are Enrico Spacone, Antonio Santo, Maria Polese, Marco Di Ludovico, Luigi DiSarno, Luigi Sorrentino and George Balzopoulos.

The reconnaissance mission for the EERI members will be focused on four main themes:

1. Performance of new or retrofitted structures.

2. How lessons from the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake are informing emergency response and rebuilding efforts.

3. Observation of Italian approaches for detailed and systematic data collection techniques to inform (1) EERI’s data collection approaches, (2) fragility development for the building typologies damaged by the earthquake, and (3) verification of virtual damage and loss maps from remote sensing data sources.

4. Performance of schools and their impacts on community resilience.

After its return from the field, the team will disseminate findings by producing a web-broadcasted reconnaissance briefing for the membership. More information on the Amatrice earthquake, including data and photos from the reconnaissance team as they are gathered, can be found on the LFE Amatrice Virtual Clearinghouse:

Editorial Note: The team members and delegation leaders listed in this article were corrected and updated on October 31, 2016.