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Gerard O'Reilly

Role: Junior Researcher in Structural Engineering
Department: Science, Technology and Society


Gerard J. O’Reilly (1989) is a junior researcher (RTDA) at IUSS Pavia, completing his Bachelor and Master degrees in Civil Engineering in Ireland in 2010 and 2013, with a period as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. He obtained his PhD in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology from IUSS Pavia in 2016 and continued as a post-doctoral researcher until 2019.

Primary research interests include the seismic design and assessment of structures to incorporate innovative aspects of performance-based earthquake engineering; the seismic vulnerability of existing structures and ways that different retrofitting measures (both structural and non-structural) may improve their seismic performance. These include the incorporation of economic losses and collapse risk directly in the design process as a general effort towards the next-generation of design codes, as well as the Sismabonus classification guidelines recently introduced in Italy. Much of this research also relates to different projects in collaboration with the EUCENTRE Foundation and the ReLUIS consortium on the assessment of existing school buildings and ways in which limited resources allocation may be prioritised. He has also been involved in various European projects, such as BRACED (FP7), DiSTEEL (RFCS) and SC-CBF (H2020) relating to the shake table testing and design of steel frame structures. He has also collaborated on the development of simplified tools for the regional assessment of building and bridge infrastructure exposed to seismic hazard as part of the INFRA-NAT and ITERATE projects funded by the EU European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations. More recently, he coordinates the ROSSINI project whose main development is a risk-aware navigation system for industrial plant workers, developing seismic risk assessment solutions for industrial components and buildings. 

He has supervised numerous students at both MSc and PhD levels and joins the IUSS Faculty by teaching modules for the course Fundamentals of Seismic Design as part of the MSc degree jointly offered by the University of Pavia and IUSS Pavia.