The Section for Building Structures and Earthquake Engineering

About the Section:

  • fundamental and applicative research in the field of the response of buildings to seismic loads
  • laboratory and field tests of structural elements and buildings
  • expert support in the case of newly-designed buildings and the repair and strengthening of existing buildings
  • the preparation of technical assessments and agreements, and certification
  • international co-operation

Research work:

  • research into the behaviour of buildings and civil engineering structures in the case of seismic loads;
  • development and implementation of new experimental and analytical methods;
  • research and experimental verification of technological solutions for the aseismic strengthening of existing building structures.

Expert activities:

  • determining the condition of existing building structures;
  • laboratory and field tests of structures and structural elements;
  • loading tests of various types of concrete and masonry structures;
  • technical (geodetic and other) monitoring of buildings and other civil engineering structures;
  • expert studies in the field of earthquake engineering;
  • preparation of technical assessments and agreements;
  • performance of tests to determine the suitability of new structural systems;
  • inspections of buildings before and after the performance of works in their vicinity.

Activities in the field of certification:

On behalf of the Certification Service, the Section’s experts perform assessments of the factory production control of reinforced-concrete shuttering elements as well as metal and plastic anchors.

Education and training activities in the following fields:

  • mentoring of Ph.D. theses;
  • co-mentoring of graduate theses;
  • courses in connection with the technical regulations for the design of earthquake-resistant building structures;
  • the fundamentals of earthquake engineering;
  • experimental testing methods in earthquake engineering;
  • determining the useability of buildings that have been damaged in earthquakes when mitigating the consequences of such earthquakes.

Research equipment:

  • a single-component shaking-table with a 2.0 x 3.2 m platform (maximum payload: 5000 kg, maximum acceleration: 5 g;
  • a single-component shaking-table for the investigation of the liquefaction of soils (pressure vessel with a max. pressure of 4 bar);
  • a servo-hydraulic testing system with a set of 2-way actuators with capacities of 16 kN to 1000 kN;
  • two hydraulic pumps with a total flow of up to 245 l/min at a working pressure of 280 bar;
  • a 10.0 x 10.0 m strong floor and a 6.0 x 7.0 m reaction wall;
  • measuring equipment and data acquisition systems;
  • field testing equipment.

Awards (since 2005):

  • Marjana Lutman in Professor Miha Tomaževič (2005): The Farzad Naeim Prize, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute / International Association for Earthquake Engineering, World Housing Encyclopedia, ZDA.
  • Professor Miha Tomaževič (2005): The Scalzi award, The Masonry Society (USA).
  • Professor Miha Tomaževič and Assistant Professor Matija Gams (2011): Award for exceptional achievements in the field of science in Slovenia / ARRS – the Slovenian Research Agency.
  • Professor Miha Tomaževič (2010): Lifetime achievement award in the field of the construction of buildings / Chamber of Engineers of Slovenia.
  • Prof.dr. Miha Tomaževič (2013): Special recognition award of the 12th Canadian Masonry Symposium in recognition of extensive achievements in the field of masonry research and many years of support for the Canadian Masonry Symposium.
More recent important projects:
Seismic behaviour of multistory shear-walls with openings ARRS 2014-2017
Seismic Risk in Slovenia for Civil Protection
Ministry of Defence RS 2011 – 2013, 2015 – 2016
The seismic resistance of modern masonry structures ARRS 2010 – 2012
Cyclic shear tests of walls and shaking table test TZUS, Prague 2012
Seismic risk of buildings in the Municipality of Ljubljana The Municipality of Ljubljana 2000 – 2012
Experimental research on the seismic behaviour of historic brick masonry University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Science, Vienna 2008 – 2011
Seismic behaviour of Ytong houses: model shaking table tests Xella porobeton SI, d.o.o. 2010
Cyclic shear tests of walls built with different blocks and mortar types Austria 2010
COST TU 1404
Towards the next generation of standards for the service life of cement-based materials and structures
EU COST project 2014 –
COST TU 1207
Next Generation Design Guidelines for Composites in Construction
EU COST project 2013 – 2017
Enhancement of Cultural Heritage through Environmental Planning & Management
Seismic risk of buildings in the Municipality of Idrija
Municipality of Idrija 2012 – 2013
Innovative techniques to increase resistance to earthquakes of cultural heritage buildings INCO-COPERNICUS 1997-2000
Cyclic shear tests of walls and shaking table test Xella, Czech Republic 2011
Reduction of the seismic vulnerability of historic masonry buildings by the application of CFRP strips and seismic isolation ARRS 2008 – 2011
“Construction Faults”
Analysis of the present state and instruments for monitoring the occurrence of faults during construction works
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning RS 2008 – 2009
Technical conditions for quality assurance during the construction of residential buildings
The Housing Fund of RS 2007 – 2009
The influence of robustness of masonry units and type of construction on seismic behaviour of masonry walls MVZT 2004 – 2006
Structural assessment, monitoring and control
EU FP5 2003 – 2006
Optimization of shape of masonry units and technology of construction for earthquake resistant masonry buildings Brick Industry Associations of Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland 2003 – 2005
Performance Based Buildings
EU FP5 2002 – 2005
On-site investigation techniques for the structural evaluation of historic masonry buildings
EU FP5 2001 – 2005
Improving Building’s Structural Quality by New Technologies
EU COST project 2001 – 2005
Cyclic shear tests of walls from prototype hollow clay block masonry TZUS 2012
Analysis of buildings after the earthquake of Bovec of July 12, 2004 MOPE 2004
Research on behaviour factor for masonry structures Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mauerwerksbau 2000 – 2004
Building and Civil Engineering Structures MŠZT 1999 – 2003
Shear characteristics of soil from the moving mass of the Stože pod Mangrtom landslide MO 2002
Seismic isolation of historic masonry buildings MZT 1997 – 2001
The influence of the earthquake of Bovec of April 12, 1998, on buildings, people and environment MZT, MOP, MO 1998 – 2000
Innovative techniques to increase seismic resistance of cultural heritage buildings INCO-COPERNICUS 1997 – 2000
Seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete shear walls MZT 1996 – 2000

Memberships of international associations:

  • The Slovenian Institute for Standardization
  • The Chamber of Engineers of Slovenia
  • EOTA Working Group: Anchors
  • EOTA Project team PT10 – Seismic Actions
  • CEN TC 166, WG 3 – Clay/Ceramic Chimneys
  • EERI – WHE (World Housing Encyclopedia) – Editorial Board
  • CEN TC 250 / SC 8 WG-1 – Masonry
  • CIB COMMISSION W023 – Wall Structures
  • SIST/TC: KON.006 – Masonry structures – EC6
  • SIST/TC: KON.008 – Earthquake-safe structures – EC 8

Head of the Section:
Meta Kržan, PhD

Phone: 01 280 42 26