Dynamic Hazards Mitigation Research Unit

Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety

Supporting the mitigation of the dynamic hazards of earthquakes, collisions, landslides, rockfalls, wind-borne debris and hail.

Mission

To enhance preparedness for earthquakes and other hazardous dynamic events such as collisions, flash floods, rockfalls, landslides, hailstorms, flying debris and storms and to enhance the level of protection of built infrastructure in a cost effective manner to address the associated risks to lives and property.

Objectives

To conduct fundamental research to define dynamic hazard events and vulnerabilities of structures; to establish a world’s best approach to structural design and risk assessment in regions of low to moderate seismicity; and to develop innovative approaches to design and new technologies, which are cost effective and avoid damage, even under very rare events.

Capabilities

  • Providing expert advice, training and education of engineers and the aligned professionals
  • Writing of technical guides for use by professionals
  • Development of tools to facilitate the modelling of the hazards, and the design and retrofitting of structures in countering the hazards
  • Generation of artificial accelerograms to assist in seismic safety assessments
  • Construction of fragility curves for structures of limited ductility in seismic conditions
  • Prediction of seismic hazard for projected earthquake scenarios
  • Providing expert advice, training and education in impact resistant design or safety assessment of barriers and structures
  • Damage prediction of skylights and facades in projected storm scenarios

Impacts

  • Awarding of ARC Linkage Project Grant to explore the topic of protection of building facades in hailstorms
  • Proposed textbook to be authored by Professor Nelson Lam titled Collision Actions on Structure
  • Funding to pursue research on the development of cost-effective earthquake resistant housing

Unit leads

Prof Nelson Lam, Dr Elisa Lumantarna and Dr Ryan Hoult