Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering PDF

Author: Michael Beer

Publisher: Springer


Publish Date: September 3, 2015

ISBN-10: 3642353436

Pages: 3966

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

The scope of the Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering covers the interaction between earthquake events and our engineering installations and infrastructures. It is expected to range over buildings, foundations, underground constructions, lifelines and bridges, roads, embankments, and slopes. Although a plethora of references exist in the context of treating/addressing individual earthquake engineering topics, there is no literature dealing with earthquake engineering in a comprehensive, versatile, and unified manner. In this regard, the extreme event of an earthquake has a multifaceted impact on a variety of activities. These include day-to-day operations of public and private services which have greatly increased their exposure to risk.

The Encyclopedia is designed to inform technically inclined readers about the ways in which earthquakes can affect engineering installations and infrastructures and how engineers would go about designing against, mitigating, and remediating these effects. It is also designed to provide cross-disciplinary and cross-domain information to domain experts. Specifically, the proposed work introduces a coupling between traditional topics of earthquake engineering, such as geotechnical/structural engineering, topics of broader interest such as geophysics, and topics of current and emerging value to industrial applications, such as risk management. In this regard, risk management is included in a comprehensive manner, which addresses the dimension and complexity of earthquake hazards. This elucidates the vital connection of the technical contents to the societal context. The main benefit of the Encyclopedia is its breadth of coverage to provide quick information on a substantial level to virtually all groups of readers from academia, industry, and the general population who would like to find out more in the area of earthquake engineering.

Overall, this work is a concerted effort to provide with a holistic perspective on earthquake engineering–related issues of recent currency. Its innovative, modular, and continuously updated form facilitates a potent, self-contained, and readily accessible exposition of multi/interdisciplinary elements in the broad field of earthquake engineering, thus enabling the researcher/practitioner/designer to identify links and potential future research themes in an efficient and timely manner.

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