A computational platform to assess liquefaction-induced loss at critical infrastructures scale


Abdelghani Meslem - NORSAR

Håvard Iversen - NORSAR

Kamran Iranour - NORSAR

Dominik Lang - NGI

ISBN / DOI:10.1007/s10518-020-01021-9
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In the framework of the multi-disciplinary LIQUEFACT project, funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, the LIQUEFACT Reference Guide software has been developed, incorporating both data and methodologies collected and elaborated in the project’s various work packages. Specifically, this refers to liquefaction hazard maps, methodologies and results of liquefaction vulnerability analysis for both building typologies and critical infrastructures, liquefaction mitigation measures as well as cost-benefit considerations. 

 The software is targeting a wider range of user groups with different levels of technical background as well as requirements (urban planners, facility managers, structural and geotechnical engineers, or risk modelers). In doing so, the LIQUEFACT software shall allow the user assessing the liquefaction-related risk as well as assisting them in liquefaction mitigation planning. Dependent on the user’s requirements, the LIQUEFACT software can be used to separately conduct the liquefaction hazard analysis, the risk analysis, and the mitigation analysis. At the stage of liquefaction hazard, the users can geo-locate their assets (buildings or infrastructures) against the pre-defined macrozonation and microzonation maps in the software and identify those assets/sites that are potentially susceptible to an earthquake-induced liquefaction damage hazard. For potentially susceptible sites the user is able to commission a detailed ground investigation (e.g. CPT, SPT or VS30 profile) and this data can be used by the software to customise the level of susceptibility to specific site conditions.

The users can either use inbuilt earthquake scenarios or enter their own earthquake scenario data. In the Risk Analysis, the user can estimate the level of impact of the potential liquefaction threat on the asset and evaluate the performance. For the Mitigation Analysis, the user can develop a customized mitigation framework based on the outcome of the risk and cost-benefit analysis.

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