The members of the research group participated in a series of lectures organized by relevant universities and experts in the field of earthquake engineering in Japan, as a part of the “HCPI (Croatian Center for Earthquake Engineering) in Japan” event. Included in these lectures is a series of relevant experts, touring relevant organizations, sharing professional experiences in disaster prevention and visiting the SAHC2023 conference in Kyoto, where members of the research team presented their work. During the visit from September 9th to 16th, 2023, the research group visited the Tokyo Disaster Prevention Centre, attended a meeting at the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI), Kyoto University, and Kansai University. They also toured the E-Defense and E-Isolation laboratories and visited the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum.
SAHC 2023 (The International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions), was held from September 12th to 15th, 2023. There members of the research group presented their work Seismic Performance Assessment of a Stone Masonry Building in the Historic Core of Dubrovnik.
SAHC 2023: https://sahc2023.org/
The meeting at the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) was led by Professor Kusunoki. They presented the extensive history of earthquake engineering in Japan, spanning over 100 years, along with modern innovations and technologies used in the digital age and methods for assessing the vulnerability of buildings at the national level.
– Prof. Kusunoki showing a impressive array of seizmo-graphs
The meeting at Kyoto University was led by Professor Uzuoka (Vice-Director DPRI) and Professor Tatano (Secretary-General, GADRI). They presented the current state of earthquake resistance in Croatia, and the meeting’s topics included potential mechanisms for the optimal reduction of earthquake risk in Croatia.
– Presentation of various mechanisms and organisations utilised for civil protection and disaster mitigation
Kyoto University: https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en
The meeting at Kansai University was led by Prof. Shingo Nagamatsu (social science), Dr. Koji Ichii (Earthquake Engineering), and Dr. Yoshinari Hayashi (Seismologist). The meeting covered the same topics as the one previously described at Kyoto University.
Kansai university: https://www.kansai-u.ac.jp/English/?stt_lang=en
E-Defense provided a presentation on the testing capabilities of the world’s largest earthquake simulator.
– Specimen prepared for the seismic table, created in two parts for crane weight limit and door size limit
– The biggest shaking table in the world in 2023
E-isolation provides a unique quality of testing earthquake isolation systems, and the research group was introduced to the capabilities of the E-isolation laboratory.
The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum was visited, where the research group was acquainted with the consequences of the earthquake in Kobe and the measures that were undertaken and developed to preserve lives during and after the earthquake.
The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Museum: https://kobe-convention.jp/en/planning/technical-visit/dri/