Transferring technology for surface wave testing and seismic site response analysis in Haiti

Michael E. Kalinski, Melinda Jean-Louis, Herby Lissade

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Abstract

Haiti is one of the most impoverished nations in the world and is highly susceptible to earthquakes. An important part of seismic design is the measurement of the dynamic properties of soil and calculation of site-specific seismic site response. However, there is a capability gap where geoscientists in Haiti may not be trained to carry out a proper analysis. A humanitarian project sponsored by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation Geoscientists Without Borders was carried out to address this deficiency. The scope of this project included field geophysical seismic surface wave testing at selected sites in Haiti, calculation of shear wave velocity profiles, and calculation of seismic site response. A user's manual was written and given to a humanitarian engineering group active in Haiti along with the equipment used to perform the field testing at the conclusion of this project. Efforts such as this enhance the self-sufficiency of Haiti with respect to seismic design, which will ultimately result in reduced loss of life during future earthquakes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting SEG 2014
Pages2119-2123
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
EventSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting SEG 2014 - Denver, United States
Duration: Oct 26 2014Oct 31 2014

Publication series

NameSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting SEG 2014

Conference

ConferenceSociety of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 84th Annual Meeting SEG 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver
Period10/26/1410/31/14

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Bernadette Ward and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation Geoscientists Without Borders for their generous financial support of this project. We would also like to thank PROCHE for their support and cooperation.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 SEG.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics

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