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Prof Dina D'Ayala

  • Telephone:

    020 7679 7226 (x37226)
  • Email:

    d.dayala@ucl.ac.uk
  • Address:

    G16b UCL Chadwick Building,
    Gower Street,
    London,
    WC1E 6BT
  • Appointments:

    Professor of Structural Engineering, Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng, Faculty of Engineering Science

Summary

Professor Dina D'Ayala is Head of Structures and Co-director of the EPICentre research centre.  She is a structural engineer with a humanities background and her research focus is the protection of architectural heritage and urban settlements from natural hazard. Previously at University of Bath, she headed the Earthquake and Conservation Engineering Research group for 15 years. She believes that to preserve to posterity the authenticity of heritage in different locations worldwide a common and systemic interdisciplinary approach should be followed, delivering sustainable heritage structures within resilient communities.  Research milestones include the development of a numerical procedure to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry dwelling (FaMIVE) with application from Turkey to Nepal, to Iran and Italy, the design and development of two patented dissipative strengthening prototypes, to retrofit architectural heritage and limit damage from seismic shocks.

Current interdisciplinary research encompasses the numerical analysis and design of retrofit intervention for adobe heritage in South America, the development of seismic analytical vulnerability functions for low and none engineered buildings worldwide within the GEM framework, the development of resilient measure to reduce vulnerability to flood and wind driven rain of historic buildings in the UK. Dina is an EERI member, a SECED member and a member of the EEFIT team. She is joint editor of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Architectural Heritage. She has been a consultant to the WB, IDA, UNDP and UNESCO on projects of heritage conservation and hazard protection in the Middle East, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Nepal etc.

She teaches Structures, Earthquake Engineering, Conservation Engineering and Design to Civil  Engineering and Architecture students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research Summary

Professor Dina D'Ayala is Head of Structures and Co-director of the EPICentre research centre.  She is a structural engineer with a humanities background and her research focus is the protection of architectural heritage and urban settlements from natural hazard. Previously at University of Bath, she headed the Earthquake and Conservation Engineering Research group for 15 years. She believes that to preserve to posterity the authenticity of heritage in different locations worldwide a common and systemic interdisciplinary approach should be followed, delivering sustainable heritage structures within resilient communities.  Research milestones include the development of a numerical procedure to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry dwelling (FaMIVE) with application from Turkey to Nepal, to Iran and Italy, the design and development of two patented dissipative strengthening prototypes, to retrofit architectural heritage and limit damage from seismic shocks.

Current interdisciplinary research encompasses the numerical analysis and design of retrofit intervention for adobe heritage in South America, the development of seismic analytical vulnerability functions for low and none engineered buildings worldwide within the GEM framework, the development of resilient measure to reduce vulnerability to flood and wind driven rain of historic buildings in the UK. Dina is an EERI member, a SECED member and a member of the EEFIT team. She is joint editor of the Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, and member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Architectural Heritage. She has been a consultant to the WB, IDA, UNDP and UNESCO on projects of heritage conservation and hazard protection in the Middle East, Ethiopia, Turkey, Iraq, Nepal etc.

She teaches Structures, Earthquake Engineering, Conservation Engineering and Design to Civil  Engineering and Architecture students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research Activities

  • ASSESSMENT OF THE MULTI-HAZARD VULNERABILITY OF PRIORITY CULTURAL HERITAGE STRUCTURES IN THE PHILIPPINES
  • Global Initiative for Academic Networks in Higher Education
  • International Center for Collaborative Research on DIsaster Risk Reduction
  • Promoting Safer Building
  • Seismic Analytical Vulnerability Assessment

Recent Publications

Displaying 30 most recent publications. For the full list please visit UCL Discovery

  1. D'Ayala D,Alexander D,De Luca F,Del Gobbo G,Galasso C,Lloyd T,Mildon Z,Morgan E,Pedicone D,Perugini P,Putrino V,Totaro A,Tagliacozzo S,Faure Walker J (2017) Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (UK) – Data and Discussion on the 2016 Central Italy Mission.
  2. Zhou L,Galasso C,D'Ayala D (2017) Toward a Vulnerability Model for Sichuan, China: RC Index Buildings Definition and Capacity Curves.
  3. Nassirpour A,Galasso C,D'Ayala D (2017) Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment of School Infrastructure – the case of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
  4. Aktas YD,D'Ayala D,Blades N,Calnan C (2017) An assessment of moisture induced damage in Blickling Hall in Norfolk, England, via environmental monitoring Heritage Science. 10.1186/s40494-017-0119-4.
  5. Nassirpour A,Song B,D'Ayala D (2017) IDA & Cloud Method for Fragility Assessment of Bare & Infilled Steel Frame Structures 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering.
  6. Nassirpour A,D'Ayala D (2017) Seismic loss estimation of mid-rise masonry infilled steel frame structures through incremental dynamic analysis International Journal of Forensic Engineering, 3(3), 255 - 255. 10.1504/IJFE.2017.082975.
  7. Pohoryles DA,Miranda Melo ,Rossetto ,Varum ,D'Ayala (2017) A realistic full CFRP retrofit of RC beam-column joints compared to seismically designed specimen.
  8. Nassirpour A,D'Ayala D (2017) Life Cycle Vulnerability Assessment of Masonry Infilled Steel Frame Structures 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering.
  9. D'Ayala D,Galasso C,Putrino V,Fanciullacci D,Barucco P,Fanciullacci V,Bronzino C,Zerrudo E,Manalo M,Fradiquela C,Regalado J,Garciano L,Oreta A,Yu K (2016) Assessment of the Multi-Hazard Vulnerability of Priority Cultural Heritage Structures in the Philippines.
  10. D'Ayala D,Galasso C,Putrino V,Fanciullacci D,Barucco P,Fanciullacci V,Bronzino C,Zerrudo E,Manalo M,Fradiquela C,Regalado J,Garciano L,Oreta A,Yu K (2016) Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Priority Cultural Heritage Structures in the Philippines.
  11. D'Ayala D,Aktas YD (2016) Moisture dynamics in the masonry fabric of historic buildings subjected to wind-driven rain and flooding (vol 104, pg 208, 2016) BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT, 108, 295 - 295. 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.09.010.
  12. Sorrentino L,D’Ayala D,de Felice G,Griffith MC,Lagomarsino S,Magenes G (2016) Review of Out-of-Plane Seismic Assessment Techniques Applied To Existing Masonry Buildings International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 1 - 20. 10.1080/15583058.2016.1237586.
  13. Quinn N,D'Ayala D,Descamps T (2016) Structural Characterization and Numerical Modeling of Historic Quincha Walls International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 10(2-3), 300 - 331. 10.1080/15583058.2015.1113337.
  14. Yepes-Estrada C,Silva V,Rossetto T,D'Ayala D,Ioannou I,Meslem A,Crowley H (2016) The Global Earthquake Model Physical Vulnerability Database EARTHQUAKE SPECTRA, 32(4), 2567 - 2585. 10.1193/011816EQS015DP.
  15. D'Ayala D,Aktas YD (2016) Moisture dynamics in the masonry fabric of historic buildings subjected to wind-driven rain and flooding Building and Environment, 104,, 208 - 220. 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.05.015.
  16. Gehl P,D'Ayala D (2016) Development of Bayesian Networks for the multi-hazard fragility assessment of bridge systems STRUCTURAL SAFETY, 60, 37 - 46. 10.1016/j.strusafe.2016.01.006.
  17. Stephenson V,Aktas YD,D'Ayala D (2016) Assessment of flood and wind driven rain impact on mechanical properties of historic brick masonry Proceedings of the International RILEM Conference Materials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering 2016 Segment on Historical Masonry, 155 - 164.
  18. D'Ayala D,Galasso C,Minas S,Novelli V (2015) Review of the non-structural considerations for seismically retrofitting hospitals, impact on hospital functionality, and hospital selection. 10.12774/eod_hd.june2015.ddayalaetal2.
  19. D'Ayala D,Galasso C,Minas S,Novelli V (2015) Review of retrofitting methods to reduce seismic vulnerability of buildings, with particular reference to hospitals and medical facilities. 10.12774/eod_hdr.june2015.ddayalaetal1.
  20. Gehl P,D'Ayala D (2015) Integrated multi-hazard framework for the fragility analysis of roadway bridges 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, ICASP 2015.
  21. Choine MN,O'Connor A,Gehl P,D'Ayala D,García-Fernández M,Jiménez MJ,Gavin K,Van Gelder P,Salceda T,Power R (2015) A multi hazard RISK assessment methodology accounting for cascading hazard events 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering, ICASP 2015.
  22. Nassirpour A,D'Ayala D (2015) Seismic Loss Estimation of Mid-Rise Masonry Infilled Steel Frame Structures The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED).
  23. Stone H,D'Ayala D,Gunasekera R,Ishizawa O (2015) A REVIEW OF SEISMIC VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS IN CENTRAL AMERICA Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics.
  24. Pohoryles D,Miranda Melo J,Rossetto T,Varum H,D'Ayala D (2015) Experimental Investigation on the Seismic FRP Retrofit of Realistic Full-Scale RC Beam-Column Joints, 619 - 631. 10.1061/9780784479728.051.
  25. Dayala D,Riggio M (2015) Assessment of Historical Timber Structures: Select Papers from the Second International Conference on Structural Health Assessment of Timber Structures (SHATIS13) International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 9(6), 639 - 640. 10.1080/15583058.2015.1041356.
  26. Machado JS,Riggio M,D'Ayala D (2015) Assessment of structural timber members by non- and semi-destructive methods Construction and Building Materials, 101, 1155 - 1156. 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.11.032.
  27. Erkal A,D'Ayala D (2015) Laboratory testing of non-standard original historic building materials and related implications for conservation Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 48(1), 15 - 28. 10.1144/qjegh2013-078.
  28. Miccoli L,Fontana P,Paganoni S,D’Ayala D (2015) Pull-out strength of anchor pins for brickwork masonry and earth block masonry / Auszugsfestigkeit von Verpressankern für Ziegel- und Lehmsteinmauerwerk Mauerwerk, 19(5), 383 - 393. 10.1002/dama.201500669.
  29. Ferreira CF,D' Ayala D,Fernandez-Cabo JL,Arce-Blanco M,Díez-Barra R,Hurtado-Valdez P (2015) Numerical Modeling and Seismic Assessment of Historic Planked Timber Arches International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 9(6), 712 - 729. 10.1080/15583058.2015.1041194.
  30. Aktas YD,D Ayala D,Erkal A,Stephenson V (2015) Environmental performance assessment using monitoring and DVS testing Engineering History and Heritage, 168, 3 - 16.

Qualifications

  • 1994: Dottorato di Ricerca, Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
  • 1988: Laurea, Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza