This theme introduces the seismic assessment process and the different concepts of structural upgrading of existing masonry buildings, including identification of monumental values of historic buildings. This theme also provides an overview of the challenges in Groningen with regards to spatial planning under uncertainty, strategic collaboration in construction and an integral design approach when structurally upgrading existing buildings.

After these lectures you will for instance be able to describe the main process of assessing an existing building in a seismic area, distinguish between different methods of conventional structural upgrading for masonry buildings, recognise new technologies for structural upgrading, such as base isolation and energy dissipative systems, classify the values of monuments and historic buildings when upgrading and discuss the importance of adaptive planning under uncertainty, strategic collaboration and integral design in Groningen.

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