Overview

Assessment and mitigation of liquefaction potential across Europe: a holistic approach to protect
structures / infrastructures for improved resilience to earthquake-induced liquefaction disasters

Impact

The previous achievement are expected to fulfill the needs of the different stakeholders of the civil construction sector and built environment (civil engineers, building owners/operators, and urban city development planners, (re)insurances companies, disaster response/human aid organizations, etc.):

 

  • Enhanced security of citizens and assets in vulnerable areas and reduced socio-economic impact of natural catastrophes, by means of better urban development plans, stronger socio-economic resilience of Europe to EILDs and improved preparedness and prevention/mitigation through more appropriate risk assessment and mitigation strategies implementations;
  • Proactively targeted needs and requirements of public bodies, established with a group of representative stakeholders/end-users;
  • More effective building standards and design methodologies for infrastructures and households located in vulnerable areas, by means of a holistic approach for easier identification of the vulnerable areas (European liquefaction hazard GIS maps), simplified methodologies for assessing the vulnerability of the structures and infrastructures and guidelines for identifying the most appropriate mitigation options;
  • Innovation in the field of ground improvement/mitigation technologies with proved effectiveness, ready to meet the needs of European and global markets;
  • Demonstrative tools reaching the Technology Readiness Level TRL 7 for the comprehensive assessment of risk.
  • Update of the seismic building codes, particularly those concerning the strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures, and convergence of the building design codes existing in the different coutries into a unique comprehensive standard
  • Improved quality of research by the exchange of experience among a group of experts at the European level

 

Outcomes

The notable outcomes of LIQUEFACT with intellectual property potential include:

  • European liquefaction hazard GIS mapping framework
  • New simplified structural vulnerability assessment methodology
  • Liquefaction mitigation planning framework
  • Urban community resilience model framework
  • Overall integrated LIQUEFACT Reference Guide ‘LRG’ software toolbox