BRI Research Paper

Earthquake Engineering Research Framework toward Research Roadmap Based on the Lessons Learnt from the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake

Isao NISHIYAMA, Hiroshi FUKUYAMA, Akiyoshi MUKAI, Masanori IIBA,
Shoichi ANDO, Tomohisa MUKAI

March. 2013 ; 13p


The Building Research Institute in Japan (so far referred to as the BRI) has conducted various activities such as research and development on housing, building and urban planning technology, and international training on seismology and earthquake engineering, systematically and continuously from the fair and neutral perspective of a public-sector research institute. In the spring of 2012, the CIB Regional Office of Japan was established in the BRI as requested by CIB. The BRI will play a leadership role of CIB activities in Japan. Meanwhile, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011 and caused tremendous damage to buildings and houses and enormous human losses by ground motion and tsunami. Based on lessons learnt from this earthquake disaster, the BRI has decided to develop a roadmap for earthquake engineering research and development for buildings. The roadmap will be utilized in the activities of the current working commission W114 (Earthquake Engineering and Buildings) in CIB. Firstly, this paper introduces the activities of the BRI after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and summarizes the lessons from this tragedy. Then, the draft of Earthquake Engineering Research Framework toward Research Roadmap for research and development for earthquake engineering is described. At the beginning of the proposed framework, the “Vision” describes the final objective of the roadmap. Then, “Mission” describes the research and development items to realize the vision. The “Goals” and "Objectives” follows describing more specific contents corresponding to each item of the Mission.

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