We are a multi-disciplinary team of 19 people from three schools at the UPM (HTSE for Industry, HTSE for Topography, Geodesy and Cartography, and HTSE for Aeronautics and Space) and we also have a member associated with the UNED. We are also a part of the Moncloa ICE "Global Change and New Energy", and several group members belong to the UPM Cooperation Group GeoAlerta.
Seismic Engineering: Soil and Structural Dynamics
Structure: Research Groups
The group has become established as a benchmark in Spain in the field of Seismic Engineering and studies on seismic hazard and risk. The group has worked on seismic profiling for locations with critical facilities and drawing up seismic standards both in Spain and Europe. It also addresses other similar, complementary areas framed within the field of geosciences, and in the organisation and visualisation of georeferenced information, with the GIS domain being noteworthy. It is multi-disciplinary by nature, made up of specialists on all these subjects, which means it can approach its research using modern technology. The Group researches advanced quake-resistant structures that include passive control systems. It has also worked intensively on problems relating to vibrations created by traffic, people and explosions, etc.
- Earthquake Engineering
The group maintains various collaborations with other national and international bodies, with particular emphasis on cooperation with Central America, where different research projects are being carried out.
We are also deeply involved in education and take active part in teaching the Seismic Engineering: Soil and Structural Dynamics University Masters, which has the main aim of training researchers and professionals in the fields of Seismic Engineering and the dynamic behaviour or soils and structures. Subsequently they can join research teams and/or take on responsible roles in R&I departments in companies.
Our work is deeply socially involved. For example, after the Haiti and Lorca earthquakes we provided our know-how to help alleviate the disasters that had occurred. Moreover, we have taken part in various forums ¿many of them via the media¿ to explain the events that have happened to the people. This work of bringing our knowledge to society, and making our research results available to it, includes the development of new devices for passive structure control (energy dissipaters). By way of material resources, we have a Structures Laboratory, equipped with a seismic simulator, presses, dynamic actuators and a variety of equipment for carrying out dynamic testing in situ.