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EEFIT: the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team
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Dr Sean Wilkinson
Booth E, Spence R, Wilkinson S, Free M, Rossetto T
International Journal of Forensic Engineering
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The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) was established as an independent society in 1982. Since then, it has mounted field missions to 27 earthquakes, with reports on all but one of them freely available on line from its website. Over a hundred UK based engineers have participated, split almost equally between industry and universities. There have been a number of significant benefits, including training through observations of the practical effects of ground shaking, fostering strong links between practising and academic participants, establishing international links and gathering data for research into a wide range of earthquake engineering topics. The paper outlines EEFIT’s history and development, sets out its achievements and presents details of a recent five year government grant which will extend its effectiveness still further.
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