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RISE in brief

Earthquakes are the deadliest natural hazard. Developing tools and measures to reduce future human and economic losses is the aim of RISE. RISE stands for Real-time earthquake rIsk reduction for a reSilient Europe and is a three-year project financed by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. It started in September 2019 and will end in August 2022. RISE is coordinated by ETH Zurich, it brings together 19 organisations from across Europe and five international partners.


The extreme loads imposed by earthquakes threaten the integrity of the built environment. As not all buildings react in the same way to earthquakes, a rapid understanding of the extent of damage to buildings and its consequences on providing safe shelter for the population is a crucial contribution to an earthquake-resilient Europe. Therefore, in a similar way to doctors who examine vital functions to diagnose the health of their patients, structural health monitoring allows engineers to diagnose the integrity of buildings.

In the absence of means for direct measurements of building damage, one objective of the RISE project consists in finding indirect indicators of damage. Data-driven structural health monitoring uses damage-sensitive indicators, which are derived from the building’s earthquake response providing a real-time performance indication. To this end, signal processing, statistical analysis and machine learning are used to derive performance indicators from the time-and-frequency domain representation of the response. The increasing availability of sensing hardware at low cost, combined with the ever-growing possibilities for local data processing offered by the Internet-of-Things capabilities, provide exciting opportunities towards smart structures, which support engineers and decision-makers in the immediate aftermath of earthquakes. Hence, the early response to earthquake events can be improved by comparison to the current practice of time-consuming and potentially subjective visual inspections.
Well-designed damage-sensitive indicators help to more precisely diagnose damage by providing higher-level information regarding the location and the severity of building damages. The RISE project, through the breadth of its network, offers a rare opportunity to combine building-specific values from structural health monitoring with regionally applicable building behaviour models. With the engineering knowledge of building taxonomies and damage accumulation, the automation provided by data-driven structural-health monitoring can enable rapid assessment of regional consequences to the built environment, induced by earthquake events, and further provide guidance for rapid recovery. 

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Upcoming events

29 October 2020, online (zoom)
ZOOMing into RISE, WP6

12 November 2020, online (zoom)
ZOOMing into RISE, WP7

26 November 2020, online (zoom)
ZOOMing into RISE, WP8

Annual RISE meeting
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual RISE Meeting is likely to be postponed to Spring 2021 and be held as RISE Mid-Term Conference