A special session Global implementation of confined masonry construction technology for seismic risk reduction: challenges and opportunities was held at 16WCEE in January 2017 (Santiago, Chile). The session featured recent projects and initiatives related to implementing confined masonry in different parts of the world, including i) an overview of the activities of the Confined Masonry Network, a global initiative to advocate confined masonry as a construction technology, and ii) an overview of confined masonry applications in Latin American countries, where confined masonry has been used for decades, and also other countries where confined masonry has been used in post-earthquake rehabilitation projects. Presentations from the special session are featured below.
Confined Masonry Network: An Overview of Guidelines and Initiatives, Svetlana Brzev, T. Hart, Paper #1825
Confined Masonry Buildings: The Chilean Experience, Maximiliano Astroza, F. Andrade, M.O. Moroni, Paper #3462
Relevant Aspects of the New Mexico City’s Code for the Design and Construction of Masonry Structures, Juan Jose Perez-Gavilan, A. Pérez G., L. E. Flores, R. Jean, J. Cesin, O. Hernández, Paper #449
Development of Confined Masonry Seismic Considerations, Research and Design Codes in Peru, Daniel Quiun, P. Santillan, Paper #2883
Case Study: Design and Construction of Confined Masonry Homes in Indonesia, Tim Hart, J. Pazdon, L. Blaisdell, E. Hausler Strand, Paper #694
Introducing confined Masonry in a Fragile State: The Case of Haiti After the 2010 Earthquake, Ivan Bartolini, T. Schacher, Paper #4477
Seismic Retrofit of Confined Masonry Houses in Haiti: Lessons from Implementation, Clement Davy, M. L. Blaisdell, K. M. Sinclair, E. Hausler Strand, Paper #3888
Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit for Reducing the Vulnerability of Housing in Colombia: Development and Implementation, Diego Nacif Hartley, M. L. Blaisdell, J. Caballero, E. Hausler Strand, Paper #4200
An International Strategy Workshop on Promotion of Confined Masonry was organized at Kanpur (India) during 26-28 January 2008 by National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering (NICEE) at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI). A small group of experts from India, U.S.A., Switzerland, Peru, Mexico, China, Indonesia and Canada developed a strategy to promote confined masonry worldwide, with two major objectives: improve the design and construction quality of confined masonry where it is currently in use; and introduce confined masonry in areas where it can reduce seismic risk. A confined masonry network was created at this meeting to promote safe and economical housing worldwide by bringing quality confined masonry into the design and construction mainstream
Work is underway to introduce or improve the use of this technology around the world. Current initiatives in several countries are described here.
Confined masonry is found in Mediterranean Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The following sections primarily excerpt material from Earthquake-Resistant Confined Masonry Construction by Svetlana Brzev, summarizing applications in various countries. Continue reading