Course Title : Urban Disaster Mitigation Engineering

Code 10B241
Course Year Master Course
Term 2nd term
Class day & Period Tue 3rd
Location C2-313
Credits 2
Restriction No Restriction
Lecture Form(s) Lecture
Language Japanese
Instructor DPRI Professor Shinichi Matsushima, DPRI Associate Professor Tomoaki Nishino

Course Description

The natural disaster to urban society is getting complex and difficult to predict along with the density growth and high performance build-up, and so the risk of the disaster has risen more and more in recent years. Therefore, the necessity of the integrated disaster mitigation measures before the disaster, immediately after the disaster, and long after the disaster is pointed out. In this lecture, we provide the lessens learned from earthquake disaster in the past, prediction methods of strong motions and building damages, earthquake-proof performance evaluation technique in a real building, and a pros and cons of the present building code for the disaster mitigation.


Grading will be based on the attendance and report.

Course Goals

Understand the seismic vulnerability evaluation of structures and urban systems, the disaster impact evaluation scheme, and the disaster prevention countermeasures. Then learn basic knowledge needed to foresee and prepare for the earthquake disaster in future by themselves.

Course Topics

Theme Class number of times Description
Mechanism of disasters by earthquakes 4 What is urban disaster management? Mechanism of disasters by earthquakes, source mechanisms for disastrous earthquakes in and around Japan, ground motion generation process, seismic intensity and magnitude, characteristics of observed ground motion will be explained from previous earthquake disasters.
Basics of wave propagation and strong ground motion 3 Wave propagation analysis and strong motion simulation
Structural response estimation 3 Modeling of structures and prediction of their responses
Mechanism of post-earthquake fires and disaster estimation 3 Earthquake risk analysis taking into account of the post-earthquake fires
Mechanism of Tsunami and Tsunami fire and disaster estimation 2 Evaluation of hazard by Tsunami fires



Earthquake Ground Motion and Strong Motion Prediction - Key items for learning the basics - (AIJ)
Ground motion - phenomena and theory (AIJ)
Vibration of Architecture (Asakura Publishing)
Urban disaster prevention: Theory and practice of earthquake countermeasures (Gakugei Shuppan)
Building fire prevention (Asakura Publishing)
Introduction to building fire safety engineering (The Building Center of Japan)


Basic knowledge of seismic design and earthquake resistant structure

Independent Study Outside of Class

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