The JRC ELSA participates in a number of activities related to international assistance and damage prevention of the built infrastructure against natural disasters. These activities aim to prevent against and to mitigate the effects of natural disasters in drafting recommendations and guidelines for the construction of safe engineered and non-engineered houses in seismic areas. The JRC ELSA commits to this through its large testing facilities and general know- how and expertise in structural assessment, in concerted collaboration with a broad range of international partners.
Instrumental in this activity is the evaluation and assessment of the quality of the construction works in seismic areas in general, and in rural and less developed regions in particular. JRC ELSA participates in and executes on regular basis a number of field missions for the collection of data and information about the built infrastructure, both in general as well as following natural and technological disasters. The main objectives of the field missions are to collect data and make observations leading to improvements in design methods and techniques for strengthening and retrofit, and to assist the phase of reconstruction.
The field missions may be organized by the JRC ELSA team themselves, or by teaming up with international organisations, such as the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT, UK), or by JRC ELSA giving scientific and technical support to DG AIDCO and DG RELEX of the European Commission.
List of some of the most important missions
- Jan, 2010– Port-au-Prince, Haiti (M5.7.0)
- Apr, 2009– Aquila, Italy (M5.8)
- May, 2008– Eastern Sichuan, China (M7.9)
- Aug, 2007– Coast of Central Peru (M8.0)
- Nov, 2004– Garda Lake region, Italy (M5.4)
- Oct, 2002– Molise, Italy (M5.9 & M5.8)
- Aug, 1999– Kocaeli, Turkey (M7.4)
- Jan, 1999– Quindio, Colombia (M6.2)
- Jan, 1995– Kobe, Japan (M7.2)
- Jan, 1994– Northridge, USA (M6.7)