About EDES_B
EDES_B> About EDES_B  

In order to mitigate earthquake damage, it is vital to collect and analyze information on earthquake sources, ground conditions and the characteristics of architectural structures peculiar to certain countries and regions. Many developing countries, however, cannot always provide the kind of data that is necessary for research on mitigating disasters, due to poor earthquake observation systems or the lack of a framework for investigation. In order to help developing countries come up with their own earthquake prevention strategies, it is necessary to create earthquake damage estimation systems that can take each individual country’s level of technological development into consideration. To this end, we are working on creating a manual that would list the necessary methods and procedures for estimating damage.  The manual could be used when an earthquake occurs or in preparation for one.

In this area of research and development, we investigate and study the methodologies necessary to estimate the damage that buildings incur from earthquakes. We publish this Earthquake Damage Estimation System for Buildings (EDES_B) in our “information Network on Earthquake Disaster Prevention Technologies”(IISEE-net). In the EDES_B, methodologies of earthquake damage estimation can be roughly divided into three categories:

(1) Estimation of source characteristics

(2) Estimation of the transmission and amplification of seismic waves

(3) Estimation of building response and damage

Information from each country can be collected through the network of international trainees who have studied seismology and earthquake engineering through IISEE. In addition, through cooperation with research institutes that deal with earthquake disaster prevention technologies in countries such as Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, and Romania, we can gather country-specific information, and create an earthquake damage estimation manual that is suitable to the conditions found in each of these countries.

   Copyright(c) 2006 International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE)