Partners of REC Inc. have managed and participated in a large number of research and commercial application projects related to structural and earthquake engineering, which are funded by EU (The European Union), NATO, World Bank, TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), DPT (The Turkish State Planning Organization), and various national and international government agencies and private companies.

Current Projects

After the establishment of REC, some of the new projects are now being run by REC. The current projects that REC is involved are:


1. ASSESSMENT OF EARTHQUAKE RİSK İN THE SULTANATE OF OMAN, 2012-PRESENT:

  • Development of Shake Maps for the Sultanate,
  • Development of Earthquake Resistant Design Code for the Sultanate,
  • Risk Assessment and Loss Estimation for the city of Muscat.


    2. ASSESSMENT OF SEISMIC HAZARD AND RISK IN EMIRATE OF ABU DHABI, 2010-PRESENT:

    Funded by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, this project involves the assessment of seismic hazard and seismic risk in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. The project includes the following main tasks:

  • Assessment of seismic hazard, and development of probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard maps.
  • Assessment of site effects and development of microzonation maps.
  • Seismic risk assessment (structural damage and loss of life) for building structures.
  • Seismic risk assessment of selected critical and unique structures.
  • Seismic risk assessment of four lifeline systems (power, water, gas, oil).
  • Development of a 3D seismic simulation model for UAE.


    3. REAL-TIME STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING (SHM), 2010- PRESENT:

    REC and its partners have been involved in the design, implementation, and operation of real-time structural health monitoring systems in a large number of structures, and the development of real-time data analysis methodologies and software.
    The structures include historical structures (e.g., Hagia Sophia Museum, Fatih, Suleymaniye, Sultanahmet, Mihrimah Sultan mosques, and several minarets in Istanbul), tall buildings (e.g., Sapphire Building in Istanbul, several tall buildings in Abu Dhabi), and bridges (e.g., Fatih Sultan Mehmet - Second Bosporus Suspension bridge in Istanbul).


    4. REC_MIDS: REAL-TIME ANALYSIS OF SHM DATA, 2010-PRESENT:

    A real-time data analysis software, REC_MIDS, is developed to analyze data from the Structural Health Monitoring systems. The software does the following in real-time:



  • Processe and analyze the data.
  • Identify the structural properties and their time variations.
  • Display the data and analysis results in real-time.
  • Animate the total or modal responses of the structure.
  • Automatically send alert messages to stakeholders when a response component exceeds the specified threshold level

    A user manual of REC_MIDS is given below. PC and MAC test versions of REC_MIDS and the instructions for installations can be downloaded from the following ftp site. The user manual shows the file structure for the installation.

    ftp://78.189.172.65
    User name: ftpgenel
    Password: ftpgenel

    User Manual :


    Past Projects


    A list of selected projects that partners of REC Inc. involved in the past:

    EMME - Earthquake Model of Middle East region: Hazard, Risk Assessment.

    Assessment of Seismic Hazard and Risk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Real-time monitoring of structures after the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake.

    Satellite-based seismic network for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Development of advanced methods for the analysis and interpretation of digital data in earthquake engineering.

    Reducing and managing the risk of tsunamis by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

    Coalition for Global School Safety and Disaster Prevention Education by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank.

    Earthquake vulnerability assessment of school buildings by the PROVENTION Consortium.

    Earthquake Hazard Assessment Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline.

    SYNER-G - Systemic Seismic Vulnerability and Risk Analysis for Buildings, Lifeline Networks and Infrastructures for Safety Gain, European Commission FP7.

    SERIES - Seismic Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Synergies, European Commission FP7.

    TRANSFER - Tsunami Risk and Strategies for the European Region, European Commission FP6.

    NERIES - Network of Research Infrastructures for European Seismology, European Commission FP6.

    LESSLOSS - Risk Mitigation for Earthquakes and Landslides, European Commission FP6.

    SAFER - Seismic Early Warning for Europe, European Commission FP6.

    Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness (ISMEP) Project by the World Bank.

    Istanbul Community Impact Project by the American Board, Lutheran World Relief and Bogazici University.

    Assessment of Earthquake Risk and Human Losses in Istanbul for American Red Cross and Turkish Red Crescent, 2002.

    Earthquake loss assessment for Istanbul for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, 2009.

    Earthquake Risk Assessment for Industrial Facilities in Istanbul for Munich-Re.

    Istanbul Risk Indicators System by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Karlsruhe University, Boğaziçi University.

    Development of Emergency Retrofit Techniques for Historical Structures, Devlet Planlama Teşkilatı.

    Earthquake Risk Assessment for Samsun - Ceyhan Crude Oil Pipeline

    Earthquake Hazard Assessment for the Earthquake Resistant Design Code of Railways, Airports and Coastal Structures, Ministry of Transportation, Turkey

    Turkey - Marmara Earthquake Emergency Reconstruction (MEER) Project, World Bank

    Microzonation for Earthquake Risk Mitigation, DRM, World Institute for Disaster Risk Management.

    EDIM - Earthquake Disaster Information System for the Marmara Region by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Geo Forschungs Zentrum (GFZ), Germany and Bogazici University, Turkey.

    Earthquake performance assessment and rehabilitation of historical masonry buildings: Swedish Palace and Research Institute and, Robert College Buildings in Istanbul.

    Earthquake performance assessment and retrofit design of several industrial buildings: P&G Italy plants, HP service and office buildings in Greece and Bulgaria.

    Various projects on earthquake performance assessment of historical structures.

    Involvement in earthquake loss assessment studies for a number of industrial facilities and for insurance and re-insurance companies.

    Involvement in more than ten projects on the assessment of earthquake hazard and design basis ground motion for facilities such as industrial facilities, ports, high-rise buildings, dams, pipelines, bridges and underground structures.