SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Analysis for Buildings, Lifeline Networks and Infrastructures Safety Gain
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NEW SYNER-G Brochure

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Special Session in the Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology

A special session was successfully organized in the Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology in Istanbul, Turkey, on 27 August 2014. The development and results of the project were presented.

The presentations are available » here «

BOOK: SYNER-G: Typology Definition and Fragility Functions for Physical Elements at Seismic Risk

Buildings, Lifelines, Transportation Networks and Critical Facilities
Pitilakis, K., Crowley, Helen, Kaynia, Amir (Eds.)

About the book:

» Collection and review of fragility curves for buildings, lifelines, infrastructures, critical facilities
» Typology/damage states for buildings, lifelines, infrastructures, critical facilities
» Fragility function manager and fragility functions for all elements

Fragility functions constitute an emerging tool for the probabilistic seismic risk assessment of buildings, infrastructures and lifeline systems. The work presented in this book is a partial product of a European Union funded research project SYNER-G (FP7 Theme 6: Environment) where existing knowledge has been reviewed in order to extract the most appropriate fragility functions for the vulnerability analysis and loss estimation of the majority of structures and civil works exposed to earthquake hazard. Results of other relevant European projects and international initiatives are also incorporated in the book. In several cases new fragility and vulnerability functions have been developed in order to better represent the specific characteristics of European elements at risk. Several European and non-European institutes and Universities collaborated efficiently to capitalize upon existing knowledge. State-of-the-art methods are described, existing fragility curves are reviewed and, where necessary, new ones are proposed for buildings, lifelines, transportation infrastructures as well as for utilities and critical facilities. Taxonomy and typology definitions are synthesized and the treatment of related uncertainties is discussed.

A fragility function manager tool and fragility functions in electronic form are provided on

BOOK: SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of Complex Urban, Utility, Lifeline Systems and Critical Facilities

Methodology and Applications
Pitilakis, K., Franchin, P., Khazai, B., Wenzel, H. (Eds.)

About the book:

» Innovative methodology for the systemic seismic vulnerability and risk assessment
» Innovative methodology for socioeconomic losses
» Specifications for each network and infrastructure
» Case studies in urban and regional network scale

SYNER-G, a multidisciplinary effort funded by the European Union, allowed the development of an innovative methodological framework for the assessment of physical as well as socio-economic seismic vulnerability and risk at urban and regional level. The results of SYNER-G are presented in two books both published by Springer, the present and a second one, entitled “SYNER-G: Typology Definition and Fragility Functions for Physical Elements at Seismic Risk: Buildings, Lifelines, Transportation Networks and Critical Facilities”(*), which provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art of the fragility curves, an alternative way to express physical vulnerability of elements at risk.

In this second volume of SYNER-G, the focus has been on presenting a unified holistic methodology for assessing vulnerability at systems level considering interactions between elements at risk (physical and non-physical) and between different systems. The proposed methodology and tool encompasses in an integrated fashion all aspects in the chain, from hazard to the vulnerability assessment of components and systems and to the socio-economic impacts of an earthquake, accounting for most relevant uncertainties within an efficient quantitative simulation scheme. It systematically integrates the most advanced fragility functions to assess the vulnerability of physical assets for buildings, utility systems, transportation networks and complex infrastructures such as harbours and hospitals. The increasing impact due to interactions  between different components and systems is treated in a comprehensive way, providing specifications for each network and infrastructure. The proposed socio-economic model integrates social vulnerability into the physical systems modelling approaches providing to decision makers with a dynamic platform to capture post disaster emergency issues like shelter demand and health impact decisions. Application examples at city and regional scale have provided the necessary validation of the methodology and are also included in the book.

The present volume, with its companion volume on fragility functions, represent a significant step forward in the seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of complex interacting urban and regional systems and infrastructures. These volumes are not only of interest to scientists and engineers but also to the insurance industry, decision makers and practitioners in the sector of civil protection and seismic risk management.


“Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Analysis for Buildings, Lifeline Networks and Infrastructures Safety Gain: Methodology and Applications to selected Case Studies in Europe”
21-22 March 2013 Milano, Italy (NH President Hotel Largo Augusto 10)

Registration to the workshop:

» click on create an user account (upper left part of the page)
» click on Ispra > March 2013 > SYNER-G
» click on “I accept the Events Registration Statement”
» perform your registration
» check your participation to the social dinner on the 21st of March.

There is no registration fee for the Workshop.
Attendants will receive dissemination material generated during the SYNER-G Project.

The registration for the final workshop has been extended to March 15th.
Priority will be given on a first-registered basis.

> Programm (pdf)

Upcoming open events:

Two Local Technical Workshops will take place inThessaloniki on March 1, 2013 and Vienna on March 5-7, 2013.

The Final International Workshop will be held in Milano on March 21-22, 2013.

The workshops aim at informing on the achieved results of the SYNER-G project. The proposed state of the art methods and developed tools will be presented, along with comprehensive results from the case studies. They are intended to researchers, professionals, stakeholders as well as representatives from civil protection, insurance and industry areas involved in seismic risk assessment and management. Venue and programme information will be announced in due time.

Leaflet for the Syner-G Special Session at the World Conference in Lisbon
The leaflet for announcing the Syner-G Special Session in 15WCEE can be downloaded here.
> pdf download
Fragility Function Manager
UPAV (University of Pavia) has finished the development of the Fragility Function Manager for buildings and bridges. This tool is freely available under DOWNLOADS.
Syner-G Special Session
at the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) in Portugal on
Monday, 25.09.2012
Interview with Prof. Kyriazis Pitilakis
Article published in Research Media
> researchmedia
Newsletter:  Issue 3, February 2012
> pdf download
Syner-G workshop WP 5 in Orleans, 2. November 2011
> pdf download
SYNER-G project was presented by Prof. H. Modaressi (BRGM)
in the Symposium organized by Kobe University Centre in Brussels on 19 September 2011:
"Building safer & resilient society against mega disaster"
> Link: Kobe University Centre in Brussels
SYNER-G project was presented by Prof. K. Pitilakis (AUTH)
in the "4th Japan-Greece Workshop on Seismic Design of Foundations and Innovations in Seismic Protection"
on 6-7 October 2011, Kobe, Japan.
> Link: 4th Japan-Greece Workshop
Newsletter:  Issue 2, February 2011
> pdf download
Newsletter:  Issue 1, February 2010
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