Seismic Performance of Critical Infrastructures in Port Developments

Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety


The AIC research project is aimed at assessing the performance of critical infrastructures in port and its development area under normal port operation and under seismic event and develop a smart geospatial platform through the integration of the assessment outcomes which facilitates decision-making.

The assessment will be based on existing conditions of the structures that may be subjected to deterioration due to exposure to the marine environment. Issues associated with the port development such as deep soil sediments and effects of the natural environment on the structural conditions will be addressed.

The outcomes of the project will contribute to the development of design guidelines and maintenance strategies for port structures which lead to improved resilience of ports in an extreme event and their reliability during operation.

  • To assess structural health conditions of critical port structures for detection of structural degradation due to exposure to marine environment and their adequacy to resist in-service loading
  • To estimate seismic demands of critical port structures taking into account magnitude and epicentral distance combinations and effects of deep soil sediments and to assess the performance of the structures under the hazard
  • To establish extent of impact of seismic hazard on port development area
  • To develop a smart geospatial system that will facilitate decision making related to a hazard event within the port environment

Key Outcomes

Seaport performance has been identified as one of the critical issues affecting both Australia and Indonesia's development and plays a vital role in the economic activity of both countries. Despite the significance of seaports, there is currently a lack of guidelines in the design and maintenance of port structures increasing their vulnerability to natural hazards, high maintenance cost and shorter life spans. The outcomes of the research will directly contribute towards the development of codes and design guidelines and development of maintenance strategies for port structures which lead to the improvement of the resilience of seaports and reliability of their functions, especially after an extreme event. The outcomes of the project will be integrated to develop a smart geospatial platform

Major Activities for 2016-2017

  • Dr Massoud Sofi attended Australia-Indonesia Centre Research Summit (22-23 Aug 2016)
  • Dr Massoud Sofi participated at 6th Asia Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring, 6th APWSHM (7 – 9 Dec 2016) in Melbourne, presenting a paper entitled: “Assessment of a pedestrian bridge dynamics using interferometric radar system IBIS-FS”
  • Dr Massoud Sofi and Dr Elisa Lumantarna visited research collaborators and stakeholders in Surabaya and Bandung for data collection and preparation for activities in 2017.

Research Team

Research Lead: Professor Abbas Rajabifard

Research Staff: Dr. Elisa Lumantarna, Dr. Massoud Sofi, Dr. Hera Widyastuti, Professor Masyur Irsham

Research Partners and Collaborators

Collaborators: Monash University, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia), Universitas Kristen Petra (Indonesia)

Stakeholders: Pelabuhan Indonesia 3, PT Terminal Teluk Lamong, PT Terminal Peti Kemas, Ministry of Public Work (Indonesia)