Earthquake Mitigation Research Unit

Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety

Enhancing the world's capacity to prepare for hazardous earthquakes and reducing the degree of exposure and the effects of earthquakes.


To enhance the capacity of countries to prepare for earthquakes and other hazardous dynamic events such as rockfalls, landslides and storms, and hence to reduce the overall exposure and impacts when such an event does occur.


To conduct fundamental research to define the hazard of earthquakes and other dynamic 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.


  • Providing expert advice, training and education in the earthquake resistant design or seismic safety assessment of buildings and structures
  • 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


  • Publication of commentary to Australian standards for seismic actions
  • Drafting of National Annex ( defining country parameters) to Eurocode 8 for the earthquake resistant design of buildings for Malaysia
  • Publication of technical guidebook on the seismic design of buildings and structures (in progress)
  • Delivery of keynote addresses in reputable conferences hosted by national professional institutions
  • Key speakers in professional continuous professional development workshops hosted by Engineers Australia and other key international professional institutions

Unit Leads

Prof Nelson Lam; A/Prof Mark Quigley; Dr. Elisa Lumantarna