The impact of a PEER funded research project "Cascading Seismic and Tsunami Loads for the Design of Open Wharves" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Andre R. Barbosa, Ph.D., P.E. (Portugal) School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University. The Co-Principal Investigator is Claudia Reis, School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University. The Research Team includes Jorge Romero Loyola, M.S., School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University.
Evacuation preparedness, risk mitigation, and design recommendations are among the most effective measures to mitigate natural risk. The multi-hazard/risk characterization will enable the communication to stakeholders of critical and lifeline infrastructure of maritime transportation systems, and new gained insights will contribute to work by the PIs on the International Federation for Structural Concrete (Federacion Internacional du Beton - Fib) Working Group (WG) 2.13, which is focusing on the development of a tsunami engineering design guide, and to the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) MarCom WG 239, which is currently revising the PIANC port design guidelines. The outputs of this project will include design considerations for cascading earthquake and tsunami effects on the successive structural response, thus leading to performance criteria that can be used in the design of critical port infrastructure.