Evaluation and Impact of Qualification of Experimental Facilities in Europe

  • Maurizio Zola
  • Colin A. Taylor
Conference paper
Part of the Geotechnical, Geological, and Earthquake Engineering book series (GGEE, volume 22)


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.


Earthquake Engineering Quality Management System Research Infrastructure Shake Table Testing Technical Competence 
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement n° 227887 for the SERIES project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical Testing DepartmentConsultant of P&P LMCSeriateItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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