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Natural hazards

Seismic risk

All of Italy is classified as seismically active. Therefore, every piece of infrastructure, new and existing, has to deal with seismic risk.

ISMES has extensive experience in seismic risk assessment of dams, buildings and other structures. ISMES uses both linear and non-linear 2D and 3D models to evaluate the seismic behavior of concrete (arch or gravity) dams and earth dams.

ISMES approach is as follows:

  • Definition of the seismic action
  • Definition of the geological conditions at the site (which could amplify seismic action)
  • Seismic structural analysis and assessment of civil and industrial structures and infrastructure through Finite Element models
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Definition and design of static and seismic upgrade of analyzed structures
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