Evaluation and impact of qualification of experimental facilities in Europe

Maurizio Zola*, Colin A. Taylor

*Corresponding author for this work

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The paper addresses the need of qualification of large seismic research infrastructures operating in Europe and how this may be achieved. Questions about current limits to the free circulation of the products and services of the European Industry in earthquake engineering are discussed, with emphasis given on the issues - of technical, quality or commercial relevance - which constitute obstacles to the mutual accreditation. Results are reported relating to the general requirements for the qualification, both technical competence and quality assurance, as they are identified by large testing facilities, accreditation bodies, standardization institutions and industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRole of Seismic Testing Facilities in Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSERIES Workshop
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

Publication series

NameGeotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering
ISSN (Print)1573-6059
ISSN (Electronic)1872-4671

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