DPC-ReLUIS 2024-2026 Project

Project in progress

The DPC-ReLUIS 2024-2026 project is part of the non-structural prevention activities of the Department of Civil Protection aimed at strengthening the resilience of communities and buildings for different risks, through applied research and its transfer, training and technological innovation in the construction sector.

49 universities and 285 research units collaborate on the DPC-ReLUIS 2024-2026 project.

Work Package

Activity Plan

The activity plan is structured in 18 WP, of which the qualifying new features compared to the previous project are summarized below:

  • Extension of ReLUIS activities for DPC to structural and geotechnical engineering in support of risk assessments for non-earthquake hazards and induced effects
  • Introduction of the theme of sustainability and life cycle as a new WP but also as a cross-cutting theme permeating almost all other WPs
  • Merger of some WPs to improve management efficiency and product consistency, closure of a WP for substantial achievement of objectives
  • Introduction of three completely new WPs, on emergency management support (WP2), vulnerability for other risks (WP3), life cycle issues and sustainability in structural engineering for risk prevention (WP13)
  • Evolutionary development of some of the themes dealt with in previous projects
  • Introduction of new topics within some WPs
  • Establishment of transversal co-ordination between WPs, operating within the overall co-ordination WP1, on: vulnerability and risk assessment, sustainability and construction lifecycle, regulatory contributions, dissemination and training.

The WPs have as scientific coordinators expert university professors of national and international renown, who guarantee a high quality of the planned activities and the resulting results. A total of 285 research units, mostly represented by universities and public research institutions in the field of structural and geotechnical earthquake engineering distributed throughout the country, will participate in the activities.

The products of each WP will mainly consist of: fragility curves of different types of elements at risk (e.g. ordinary buildings, warehouses and “special” buildings, churches and monumental buildings, infrastructural works, components of industrial plants), risk maps and damage and loss scenarios, summary reports with proposals for the updating of regulations, guidelines and contributions aimed at the drafting of design manuals and safety verification manuals, procedures that can be implemented in dedicated software. These products will derive from and include the results achieved on the individual topics over the entire agreement period, but also a systematization and re-proposition of the results deriving from the previous DPC-ReLUIS agreements in more usable forms for dissemination and training purposes.

WP1 - Scientific and Administrative Coordination

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
1   Scientific and administrative coordination M. Dolce (President), A. Prota, A. Masi, A. Borrelli

Among the objectives:

  • carrying out the general coordination of administrative management and technical-scientific activities;
  • ensuring that deadlines for the transmission of intermediate scientific and technical reports and final products are met;
  • verifying the eligibility of expenditure through periodic checks, monitor deadlines, take care of reporting;
  • collecting and verify both technical and economic documentation;
  • drafting economic reporting reports to be submitted to the DPC and the auditing company;
  • taking care of the transversal coordination, which will involve the coordinators of the WPs concerned and will take place through regular meetings, workshops on specific topics, also with other Centres of Competence and/or with the participation of experts from outside the project.

WP2 - Preparatory activities for DPC support for emergencies

WP Task Titolo WP/TASK Coordinatore WP
2 Attività preparatorie per il supporto DPC per le emergenze A. Prota
  2.1 Formazione di tecnici per il rilievo del danno sismico  
  2.2 Supporto alla gestione tecnica dell’emergenza  
  2.3 Contributi a scenari e mappe di rischio in sinergia con altri CdC  

Among the objectives:

  • developing up-to-date lists of ReLUIS experts qualified to survey seismic damage to residential buildings by means of the Aedes form as well as to survey assets of historical, artistic and architectural interest by means of the Churches form and the Palace form;
  • creating the conditions for the immediate activation of a working group ready to support the Civil Protection Department in the technical management of emergencies in areas affected by seismic events in order to plan and organise the appropriate reconnaissance of damage to buildings and infrastructures;
  • developing a proposal for a ReLUIS working group and how ReLUIS contributions for the definition of scenarios and risk maps could be integrated with those of other Centres of Competence.

WP3 - Structural vulnerability models for natural hazards and industrial cascading effects

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
3   Structural vulnerability models for natural hazards and industrial cascading effects I.Iervolino
  3.1 Intensity measurements  
  3.2 Emergency technical management support  
  3.3 vulnerability to geo hazards  
  3.4 vulnerability to wind hazard  
  3.5 vulnerability to hydraulic hazard  
  3.6 vulnerability to fire hazards  
  3.7 vulnerability for NaTech  

Among the objectives:

  • development of structural vulnerability models, for the purpose of risk assessment analyses, for hazards other than seismic hazards and for cascading effects of industrial accidents (so-called NaTech);
  • development of fragility curves for measures of intensity for the hazards considered through a strongly interdisciplinary approach.

WP4 - Risk Maps and Seismic Damage Scenarios (MARS-CARTIS)

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
4   Risk maps and seismic damage scenarios (MARS-CARTIS). S. Lagomarsino, A. Masi, G. Zuccaro
  4.1 HAZARDS: shaking scenarios and intensity measurements  
  4.2 EXPOSURE (data and taxonomies)  
  4.3 VULNERABILITY (damage measures)  
  4.4 Exposure/vulnerability of residential buildings  
  4.5 Exposure/vulnerability of schools and hospitals  
  4.6 Exposure/vulnerability of churches  
  4.7 Exposure/vulnerability of sheds and structures with large deck  
  4.8 Exposure/vulnerability of infrastructure  
  4.10 Multirisk  
  4.11 RISK at national and local scales  
  4.12 SCENARIOS of seismic damage (OELF, post-event).  

Among the objectives:

  • continuing the work started in previous years, taking the significant results described below as acquired;
  • broadening the range of products, with reference to both the types of artefacts and the risk issues addressed, in particular:
  • developing risk maps for specialised buildings/constructions (schools and churches, potentially hospitals, warehouses and bridges);
  • developing procedures for the elaboration of seismic damage scenarios and their representation in an effective and functional way for different Civil Protection purposes (OELF, post-event), to be implemented in the SIGE Plus platform;
  • continuing the survey activities of the built environment, through the compilation of CARTIS forms (CARTIS Compartment, CARTIS Building, CARTIS Great Lights, CARTIS Churches) and to develop new forms, for the collection of information on the other analysed buildings (CARTIS Schools, derived from CARTIS Building) and hospitals (CARTIS Hospitals).

WP5 - Integrated and Sustainable Interventions for Existing Buildings

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
5   Integrated and sustainable interventions for existing buildings Profs. Andrea Prota- Francesca da Porto
  5.1 Integrated and sustainable interventions for existing buildings  
  5.2 Integrated evaluation methods  
  5.3 Work on listed buildings of worship  
  5.4 Interventions on existing bridges  

Among the objectives:

  • developing sustainable intervention strategies for existing Italian buildings, with a view to integrated redevelopment aimed at the contextual improvement of the building’s structural, seismic, energy and functional performance, and which considers the impact components (economic, social, …) in the project;
  • providing not only technical solutions for interventions, but also useful tools for the correct design and evaluation of interventions on existing buildings and special structures (churches and bridges).

WP6 - Monitoring and Satellite Data

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
6   Monitoring and satellite data M. Savoia, F.C. Ponzo
  6.1 Techniques and algorithms for processing satellite data for monitoring structures and infrastructures  
  6.2 Innovative techniques for on-site monitoring  
  6.3 Protocols for integrating on-site and satellite data  
  6.4 Use of data from the Seismic Observatory of Structures  

Among the objectives:

  • develop, test and refine further algorithms for analysing satellite interferometric data for new survey areas, including using new satellite constellations and multi-frequency techniques to improve data robustness and integrability;
  • Develop techniques and protocols for on-site monitoring for the integration of data collected in the field, with different types of instrumentation, in order to (i) obtain a comprehensive and reliable view of the health status of the monitored structures and infrastructures; (ii) assess performance and applicability ranges; (iii) define criteria for determining attention and alarm thresholds.

WP7 - Post Earthquake Data Analysis

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
7   Post-earthquake data analysis M. Di Ludovico
  7.1 Post-seismic reconstruction in central Italy 2016-2017  
  7.2 Earthquake damage and reconstruction policies in the international landscape  
  7.3 Influence of seismic strengthening interventions on post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction  
  7.4 Damage identification through artificial intelligence  

Among the objectives:

  • analysing the post-earthquake reconstruction process in central Italy 2016-2017 focusing on similarities and differences with the post-earthquake reconstruction in Abruzzo 2009;
  • Evaluating the specific impact of local construction techniques (specific to each region) on the severity and extent of damage;
  • Extending the study of earthquake damage and reconstruction processes to the international scene;
  • examining the effectiveness of seismic strengthening interventions on the seismic response of buildings;
  • Using advanced Machine Learning (ML) and Image Analysis techniques for post-earthquake data analysis.

WP8 - Dissemination (DIV)

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
8   Disclosure A. Masi
  8.1 Setup, organization, and conduct of the “Campagna Io Non Rischio (INR)” and selection and training of civil protection volunteers  
  8.2 Development of coordination actions with other non-structural prevention activities, dissemination products on seismic risk, and analysis of the effects of information campaigns on citizens’ active behaviours  

Among the objectives:

  • continuing activities in support of the SNPC, mainly in the framework of the INR (I don’t take risk) campaign, on the macro-theme of information to the population with particular reference to seismic risk mitigation and in relation to other natural and man-made risks;
  • realising useful materials to promote the dissemination of seismic and structural engineering activities and results, in particular towards the school world, via the Internet (e.g. ReLUIS website) or other social channels.

WP9 - Harmonised Archiving of Experimental Results of ReLUIS Research

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
9   Harmonized storage of the experimental results of ReLUIS activities O.S. Bursi, A. Pavese, G. Lignola
  9.1 Improvement of the usability of the downstream information system by the ReLUIS RHs involved in the different WPs  
  9.2 Further use cases of the given base via APIs, e.g. for machine learning purposes. Management of data acquired from remote monitoring systems and integration with Digital Twin, development of analysis tools and automated reporting  
  9.3 Improvement of the database at UNITN of the implementation and use of Runtime capable of executing simple machine learning algorithms or even more complex classification or neural network algorithms, in the form of SaaS (Software as a Service)  
  9.4 Development of the management of the ReLUIS site for the effective dissemination of the products and results of ReLUIS activities under the agreements with the DPC  

Among the objectives:

  • Improving the sharing and dissemination capabilities of ReLUIS experimental results and products.

WP10 - Masonry Construction

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
10   Masonry Construction G. Magenes
  10.1 Local capacity models for the definition of limit states, defined according to the method of analysis-Structural masonry  
  10.2 Analysis and verification of complex systems  
  10.3 Local and global capacity models for the assessment of limit states – Non-structural masonry  
  10.4 Influence of the vertical component of motion on the seismic response of masonry structures  

Among the objectives:

  • developing local/global capacity models for the definition of limit states of structural masonry;
  • Analysis and verification of complex systems (aggregate units, large building complexes, mixed masonry structures and other technologies) and preparation of reference case studies/examples;
  • developing local and global capacity models for the definition of limit states of non-structural masonry (infills, partitions);
  • Evaluating verification methods in special cases of masonry structures sensitive to the vertical earthquake component.

WP11 - Cast-in-place or Prefabricated Reinforced Concrete Constructions

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
11   Cast-in-place and Prefabricated Reinforced Concrete Construction E. Spacone, G. Magliulo
  11.1 Capacity models  
  11.2 Methods for performing dynamic non-linear analyses  
  11.3 Global factor method applied to dynamic nonlinear analyses  
  11.4 Uniformity of risk  
  11.5 Design and seismic behaviour of connections in precast reinforced concrete buildings  

Among the objectives:

  • verifying the applicability and inclusion in the updates of the Technical Standards for Construction of the new proposals contained in the 2nd generation EC2 and EC8, and also in view of a future transposition of the Eurocodes into the Italian regulatory framework, and proposing application methods and design guidelines for a correct and effective application of the standards;
  • Developing accurate formulations for determining the connection capacity of precast constructions under different damage conditions, which can be translated into special guidelines.

WP12 - Steel, timber and composite civil and industrial construction

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
12   Civil and industrial steel, timber and composite constructions R. Landolfo
  12.1 Steel construction  
  12.2 Wooden constructions  
  12.3 Composite constructions  

Among the objectives:

  • streamlining activities on related topics, compared to the previous EP DPC-ReLUIS 2022-23, by including wood and steel-wood composite structures;
  • propose improvements (updates) to the current regulatory rules, also in the light of the development of the second generation of structural Eurocodes;
  • developing pre-normative guidelines;
  • making design support tools available;
  • producing application examples to support the application of standards, guidelines and design tools.

WP13 - Life Cycle and Sustainability of Construction and Infrastructure

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
13   Life Cycle and Sustainability of Construction and Infrastructure F.Biondini, A. Marini
  13.1 Life cycle and sustainability: principles, performance indicators and metrics  
  13.2 Modelling and evaluation methods and tools  
  13.3 Life-cycle modelling and evaluation  

Among the objectives:

  • Defining principles, performance indicators and metrics for sustainability, understood as safety, reliability, eco-efficiency, functionality, robustness and resilience in the life cycle;
  • developing degradation models capable of incorporating the main ageing and damage phenomena;
  • implementing structural design criteria taking into account performance requirements over the entire life cycle;
  • Extending the criteria and methods developed for individual works to assess the performance of groups of works on an urban and infrastructure scale.

WP14 - Innovative Structural Materials for Sustainable Construction

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
14   Innovative Structural Materials for Sustainable Construction M.A. Aiello
  14.1 Inorganic matrix composite materials for interventions on existing buildings  
  14.2 Use of non-metallic reinforcement in reinforced concrete structures  
  14.3 Green and/or highly durable concrete and mortars  

Among the objectives:

  • providing regulatory and/or pre-normative contributions in relation to the use of innovative and green structural materials, in order to contribute to the sustainability of buildings and new constructions, in terms of safety, durability, low environmental impact;
  • studying long-fibre (FRCM), short-fibre (FRC, FRM) inorganic matrix composite materials and Composite Reinforced Mortar (CRM) systems for work on existing buildings;
  • evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of using non-metallic reinforcement (FRP) in reinforced concrete structures;
  • investigating the usability of green mortars/concretes, i.e. made from recycled materials and/or with low environmental impact binders (alkaline-activated binders – geopolymeric, sulphur-aluminous cements), as well as highly durable concretes made with the addition of nanomaterials.

WP15 - Isolation and Dissipation Devices and Systems

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
15   Isolation and dissipation system devices G. Serino, F.C. Ponzo
  15.1 Existing structures with isolation and dissipation systems  
  15.2 Unconventional isolation and dissipation systems  
  15.3 Experimental aspects of isolation and dissipation devices  

Among the objectives:

  • gaining a better understanding of the behaviour of isolation and dissipation systems in existing buildings;
  • developing more effective maintenance, monitoring and control procedures;
  • providing input for regulatory updates for the use of isolation and dissipation systems, including unconventional ones;
  • proposing more robust and optimised design methods;
  • proposing new unconventional systems that are also cheaper than the current ones in order to further stimulate the use of these technologies.

WP16 - Geotechnics: regulatory contributions and products for seismic risk management

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
16   Geotechnics: regulatory contributions and products for seismic risk management S. Aversa
  16.1 Seismic sustainability of the site  
  16.2 Soil-structure interaction  

Among the objectives:

  • investigating issues concerning site seismic stability problems, dealing with both liquefaction and slope stability, and those of soil-structure interaction, focusing mainly on the foundations of buildings and viaducts, bridges;
  • providing competent contributions for the purposes of both seismic risk management and the study of related scenarios, and activities for the preparation of Italian technical regulations and those functional to the transposition of European regulatory products, also interacting strongly with other WPs carrying out complementary activities or involving important geotechnical aspects.

WP17 - Non-Structural Elements

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
17   Non-structural elements E. Cosenza, A. Occhiuzzi
  17.1 Safety assessment and definition of actions  
  17.2 Connections of building and industrial components  
  17.3 Qualification and certification  

 Among the objectives:

  • selecting, within the framework of the ongoing scientific activity, those topics concerning the structural safety of non-structural components that are or will soon be at an adequate maturity level to be included, within the term of the project duration, in an officially recognised body of standards in the current building regulations;
  • carrying out an experimental campaign for the evaluation of the seismic response of vertical partition elements subject to bidirectional seismic actions, thanks to the availability of a specific piece of equipment, specially designed by one of the UR’s and unique in Europe.

WP18 - Seismic Input, Regulations and Microzonation

WP Task Title WP/TASK Coordinator WP
18   Seismic input, regulations and microzonation R. Paolucci, S. Foti
  18.1 Seismic Hazard and Regulations  
  18.2 Seismic subsurface categorization, amplification factors in regulations and seismic microzonation  
  18.3 Design earthquake and selection of accelerograms  
  18.4 Characterisation of vertical components of seismic motion for structural analysis  

Among the objectives:

  • Identifying, on an international scale, the approaches with which seismic actions in standards relate to seismic hazard models and the constraints for applying Seismic hazard models in the Italian regulatory context;
  • Defining the relationship between detailed studies for individual sites, simplified procedures for assessing amplification factors in seismic regulations and seismic microzonation studies;
  • Defining criteria for the selection of multi-component, horizontal and vertical accelerograms.