We Invited the World’s Most Important Seismic Experts To Ankara On Our 30th Anniversary



For more than 30 years, Prota has provided software development and distribution, design, engineering and consultancy services for several clients by undertaking the projects of various scales in more than 20 countries around the globe.

2015 is a very important year for Prota. It is the 30th anniversary of the group. Prota has organized a two day international symposium on “New Generation of Seismic Codes and New Technologies in Earthquake Engineering”in Ankara on February 26-27, followed by a celebration ball. 

Our symposium on “New Generation of Seismic Codes and New Technologies in Earthquake Engineering” for commemorating our 30th anniversary in Ankara CERMODERN Contemporary Arts Exhibition Centre was held on 26-27 February, 2015.

Academicians from 40 Universities, managers and board members of 30 Public institutions, and 50 consultancy and design firms, representatives of 20 seismic isolation system manufacturers, 40 well-known manufacturers, and approximately 450 engineeers from 12 different national and international institutions and universities have attended the symposium.   

The main scope of this symposium was to provide a forum for discussing new concepts, procedures and technologies in earthquake engineering. Strategic structures must remain operational following a major seismic event in order to minimize economic losses.This is the basis of performance based earthquake engineering. New generation of seismic codes define various performance objectives for different types of buildings. When these performance objectives cannot be achieved by conventional construction technologies, they lead the way for new technologies and devices.

During the symposium, several distinct topics such as new generation specifications for performance based seismic engineering and new technologies, different applications of different methods in several countries, seismic safety technologies, benefits and shortcomings of seismic isolation solutions were discussed by addressing almost all aspects of the themes. At the end of the symposium the keynote speakers highlighted that scientists-engineers collaborative work is important to enable having a safer world for the new generations.

With their very valuable keynotes,speakers of the symposium wereMichele Calvi from University of Pavia in Italy, Polat Gülkan, Nuray Aydınoğlu, Haluk Sucuoğlu, Mustafa Erdik, Sinan Akkar from Turkey, Michael Fardis from Greece, Peter Fajfar from Slovenia, Farzad Naeim and Andre Filitrault from United States, Constantin Christopoulos from Canada and Masayoshi Nakashima from Japan. 

26 February 2015, Thursday

1st Session

Haluk Sucuoğlu – Fundamental Concepts of Performance Based Earthquake Engineering

G. Michele Calvi – Effects of New Technologies on the Seismic Performance of the Structures

Sinan Akkar – Revised Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Map of Turkey and Its Implications in Seismic Design

2nd Session

Michael Fardis – Next Eurocode 8 and Performance-Based Seismic Design Philosophy

Peter Fajfar – On Performance Analysis Procedures in the Next Eurocode 8

Andre Filiatrault – Performance-based Seismic Design of Nonstructural Building Components: The Next Frontier of Earthquake Engineering

27 February 2015, Friday

3rd Session

Polat Gülkan – Genealogy of Performance-Based Seismic Design: Is the Present A Re-Crafted Version of the Past?

Constantin Christopoulos – Phasing out of Conventional Ductile Seismic Design:  An overview of 10 years of research toward a next generation of seismic resistant structures

Farzad Naeim – Guideline Documents for Performance Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings in the United States

Nuray Aydınoğlu – Design of Tall Buildings in the Next Turkish Seismic Code

4th Session

Farzad Naeim – Lessons Learned from Peer Review Process for the Performance Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings in the United States

Masayoshi Nakashima – Applications of New Technologies in Japan: Positive Collaboration between Design and Construction