We Brought Together the World’s Most Important Seismic Experts in Ankara On Our 30th Anniversary

Our symposium on “New Generation Seismic Codes and New Technologies in Earthquake Engineering” for commemorating our 30th anniversary in Ankara CERMODERN Contemporary Arts Exhibition Centre was held on the dates of 26-27 February, 2015.


42 Universities, 29 Public institutions, 55 consultancy and design firms,17 seismic isolation system manufacturers, 39 well-known manufacturers, and approximately 450 engineeers from 12 different national and international institutions and universities have participated in this symposium. Strong participation and great interest of many well-known universities, public institutions, consultancy firms and many competent experts from our country was an indicator of how important the subject of our syposium was especially for our country.


The main scope of the symposium was to provide a forum for discussing new concepts, procedures and technologies in earthquake engineering together with main stakeholders who include clients, public institutions, administrations, engineers, consultants, contractors, manufacturers, scientists. Some of the questions that were discussed in the symposium were; can the structural damages due to the earthquakes be controllable by using performance design, what are the new technologies that prevent structural damage in earthquakes, do high-rise buildings pose more hazard than regular buildings and how much can seismic codes prevent structural damage in earthquakes?

During the two-day long symposium, many important topics such as new generation specifications for performance based seismic engineering and new technologies, different applications of different methods in several countries, seismic safety technologies, benefits and shortcomings of seismic isolation solutions were discussed by addressing almost all aspects of the themes. At the end of the symposium high level international and national experts highlighted that scientists-engineers collaborative work is important to enable having a safer world for the new generations.

Prof. Dr. Haluk Sucuoğlu from Middle East Technical University and Michele Calvi from Pavia Univeristy in Italy participated as chairmen along with Prof. Dr. Polat Gülkan, Prof. Dr. Nuray Aydınoğlu, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Erdik, Prof. Dr. Sinan Akkar from Turkey, Prof. Dr. Michael Fardis from Greece, Prof. Dr. Peter Fajfar from Slovenia, Dr. Farzad Naeim and Prof. Dr. Andre Filitrault from United States, Prof. Dr. Constantin Christopoulos from Canada and Prof. Dr. Masayoshi Nakashima from Japan as speakers in this symposium.

Haluk Sucuoğlu – Fundamental Concepts of Performance Based Earthquake Engineering
Sinan Akkar – Revised Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Map of Turkey and Its Implications in Seismic Design
Michael Fardis – Next Eurocode 8 and Performance-Based Seismic Design Philosophy
Peter Fajfar – On Performance Analysis Procedures in the Next Eurocode 8
Andre Filiatrault – Performance-based Seismic Design of Nonstructural Building Components: The Next Frontier of Earthquake Engineering
Polat Gülkan – Genealogy of Performance-Based Seismic Design: Is the Present A Re-Crafted Version of the Past?
Constantin Christopoulos – Phasing out of Conventional Ductile Seismic Design:  An overview of 10 years of research toward a next generation of seismic resistant structures
Farzad Naeim – Guideline Documents for Performance Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings in the United States
Nuray Aydınoğlu – Design of Tall Buildings in the Next Turkish Seismic Code
Farzad Naeim – Lessons Learned from Peer Review Process for the Performance Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings in the United States
Masayoshi Nakashima – Applications of New Technologies in Japan: Positive Collaboration between Design and Construction