SYNER-G: Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Analysis for Buildings, Lifeline Networks and Infrastructures Safety Gain
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The overall objective of SYNER-G is to increase the understanding of the vulnerability of various societal elements at risk belonging to a system (city, region, lifeline network etc) and to propose appropriate methods and tools to consider inter-element and intra-systems interdependencies, including socio-economic features. It will promote the use of modern resources and tools for seismic risk mitigation and it will establish a European reference for seismic societal and physical vulnerability. To achieve this, the partners in SYNER-G, through an interactive and well structured process will bridge scientific and technology advancement with the development of social-perspective approaches, in order to develop a unified approach. More precisely, seven main objectives, target areas and key themes will be addressed and achieved by SYNER-G:

  • The first scientific and technical objective of SYNER-G is to encompass all past and ongoing knowledge and know-how on this topic at a European and International level.
  • The second objective is to select the most advanced fragility functions and methods to assess the physical and societal-economic vulnerability of assets (buildings, utility systems and transportation infrastructures, society, economy), improving and further developing new ones where necessary, considering European distinctive.
  • The third objective is to propose the most appropriate means of selecting seismic scenarios at system level.
  • The fourth and quite innovative objective is to develop a unified methodology to assess vulnerability at a system level considering interdependencies between elements at risk (physical and non-physical), belonging to different systems and between different systems as a whole at city and regional scale.
  • The fifth scientific and technical objective is to build an appropriate open-source software and tool to deal with systemic vulnerability in order to improve the seismic risk assessment and management.
  • The sixth objective is to validate the effectiveness of the methodology and the tools to specific and well selected case studies at city and regional scale.
  • The seventh and final objective is to propose adequate guidelines and to build appropriate dissemination schemes for all products of the project at European and International level.

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Figure. Graphical representation of an infrastructure comprising a number of systems with their interactions.

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Elements at Risk

Buildings & Building aggregates

Water & Wastewater

Electronic Power

Gas & Oil

Roadway

Railway

Port Firefighting

Hospitals

 

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Loss Assessment

Physical

Socio - Economic

Systemic

 

 

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