About The Department

Being established in 1868, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI)  (then, Imperial Observatory) has a tradition of science that encompasses the initiation of the formal meteorological observations in 1911 and also the start of the systematic seismological measurements in 1926 in the country. After annexation to Bogazici University (BU) which was originally founded in 1863 in Istanbul as Robert College, KOERI has evolved into a multidisciplinary earthquake research organization providing graduate education under the Earthquake Engineering, Geophysics and Geodesy departments and encompassing earthquake observation, research, education and application services within a single, integrated body.

Earthquake Engineering Department (EQE)  has started its activities in 1989 as a graduate department under KOERI of BU. The department is the first academic unit in Turkey providing graduate level training on Earthquake Engineering leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Earthquake Engineering. The overall mandate of the department is to conduct graduate level training, research and implementation, and through these activities, aims to contribute; to the minimization of social, physical and economic losses caused by earthquakes with the establishment of earthquake resistant structures, systems, cities and environment; and to the development of national policies and practices by improving its activities in the light of scientific and technological advances; and to strengthen its effectiveness and reputation in the international scientific arena.

Earthquake Engineering can be viewed as a multi-phased process that ranges from the description of earthquake source process to seismic disaster mitigation procedures. Earthquake response analysis of site and structures and the assessment of the strong ground motion that will emanate from an earthquake constitute the two main ingredients of the discipline. The emphasis of our academic activities are placed on various complementary fields:

  • Earthquake hazard and risk analysis
  • Development of urban earthquake damage scenarios
  • Characteristics of strong earthquake ground motion
  • Site and soil response analysis
  • Earthquake response of buildings, historical monuments, industrial facilities, bridges and dams
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Dynamic testing of small-scale model and prototype structures
  • Retrofitting and post earthquake strengthening of structures
  • Damage evaluation and earthquake insurance
  • Monitoring of systems and structures
  • Development of earthquake resistant design codes.

KOERI-EQE has played a leading role in Turkey for the advancement of earthquake risk mitigation by taking part in various national committees (i.e. Turkish National Earthquake Council in the preparation of the report on National Strategies for Mitigating Earthquake Damage) and in nationally funded projects (i.e. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Earthquake Master Plan).

The Department of Earthquake Engineering enjoys close ties and exchange of students and faculty with relevant institutions throughout the world. These include several international organisations, university research centers and government establishments.