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US-Italy Seismic Bridge Workshop Held in Pavia

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MCEER co-sponsored the U.S.-Italy Seismic Bridge Workshop,  held April 19-20, 2007, at the European Center for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE) in Pavia, Italy. The workshop was attended by over 20 Italians, and 14 Americans, representing Academia, State DOTs, and the Federal Highway Administration. Reginald DesRoches (Georgia Tech) and Phil Yen (FHWA) co-chaired the US team, and Gian Michele Calvi (Università degli Studi di Pavia) and Paolo E. Pinto (Università di Roma "La Sapienza") co-chaired of the Italian team.

The workshop consisted of over 28 presentations focused on a range of diverse topics including earthquake ground motions, displacement based design, new code procedures, performance testing of bridges, soil-structure interaction, bridge fragility curves, regional seismic risk assessment, and innovative bridge retrofit methods. The presentations provided an overview of recent developments in each country, as well as areas for future development.

Both Italy and the U.S. are at the forefront in international developments in the area of seismic design of bridges, and participants and invited observers learned of recent advances made in both countries. At the conclusion of the workshop, the Italian Ambassador to Pakistan, connected through a conference call, expressed his appreciation to the participants, in consideration of the relevant activity of Italians and Americans in general, and of Eucentre and the ROSE School in particular, for the reduction of seismic risk in Pakistan after the recent seismic events.

Due to rapid advancements in the development and application of seismic protective systems technologies, it was agreed that a continuing dialogue and exchange of information between the U.S. and Italy on seismic design of bridges should continue.

The workshop was hosted by Eucentre and the Centre of Research and Graduate Studies in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (ROSE School) of the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori (IUSS) of Pavia. The US delegation was supported by the FHWA, MCEER, and the National Science Foundation.
Presentations and a list of participants are available as part of Georgia Tech University’s review.