Selection of earthquake ground motions for multiple objectives using genetic algorithms

Panagiotis E. Mergos*, Anastasios G. Sextos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Existing earthquake ground motion (GM) selection methods for the seismic assessment of structural systems focus on spectral compatibility in terms of either only central values or both central values and variability. In this way, important selection criteria related to the seismology of the region, local soil conditions, strong GM intensity and duration as well as the magnitude of scale factors are considered only indirectly by setting them as constraints in the pre-processing phase in the form of permissible ranges. In this study, a novel framework for the optimum selection of earthquake GMs is presented, where the aforementioned criteria are treated explicitly as selection objectives. The framework is based on the principles of multi-objective optimization that is addressed with the aid of the Weighted Sum Method, which supports decision making both in the pre-processing and post-processing phase of the GM selection procedure. The solution of the derived equivalent single-objective optimization problem is performed by the application of a mixed-integer Genetic Algorithm and the effects of its parameters on the efficiency of the selection procedure are investigated. Application of the proposed framework shows that it is able to track GM sets that not only provide excellent spectral matching but they are also able to simultaneously consider more explicitly a set of additional criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-427
Number of pages14
JournalEngineering Structures
Early online date7 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2019


  • Genetic algorithms
  • Ground motion selection and scaling
  • Multi-objective optimization
  • Response-history analysis
  • Seismic assessment


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