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Prof Michael Griffith
Project Leader


Michael Griffith is Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

He obtained his PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1988) after completing his BSc(Civil Eng.) and MSc (Civil Eng.) degrees at Washington State University in the US.

Dr. Griffith is a member of the Standards Australia Australian Earthquake Loading Code committee, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, state committee member of the SA Structural College and Past-President and now Honorary Life Member of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society.

His main professional and research interests are in the field of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics with a particular interest in the performance of unreinforced masonry structures in earthquakes.

He has co-authored over 200 research papers in the field of structural engineering and sits on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Earthquake Engineering which is based in Tokyo.

More info:
Year Type Citation
2018 Journal Article Vaculik, J., Sturm, A. B., Visintin, P. & Griffith, M. Modelling FRP-to-substrate joints using the bilinear bond-slip rule with allowance for friction - Full-range analytical solutions for long and short bonded lengths. International Journal of Solids and Structures (2018). doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2017.11.024
2017 Report Griffith, M. et al. Cost-effective mitigation strategy for building related earthquake risk: annual project report 2016-17. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Report Derakhshan, H., Lucas, W., Visintin, P. & Griffith, M. Final report: seismic retrofit tests of URM cavity walls. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2016 Report Griffith, M. & Lucas, W. Economic loss modelling of earthquake damaged buildings. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Griffith, M. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for building related earthquake risk: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Presentation Griffith, M. Resilience and Mitigation through Hardening the Built Environment. (2015).
2015 Report Griffith, M. Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for building related earthquake risk: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Griffith, M. Cost-Effective Mitigation Strategy Development for Building Related Earthquake Risk Annual Report 2014. (2015).

Posters credited

Cost-effective mitigation strategy development for building related earthquake risk

The primary objective of this research is to develop cost-effective strategies to mitigate damage, injury and business disruption associated with the most vulnerable buildings in Australian business districts to earthquakes. 

Application of the single microtremor method to the Adelaide's Regolith

The single microtremor method has been applied to Adelaide's regolith which exhibits low impedance contrast between the upper and bedrock layers. Preliminary findings show that the predominant fundamental period is between 0.8 and 3.0 seconds. This suggests greatly amplified ground motions for 3 to 5 storey buildings in the Adelaide city due to future seismic events.

Key Topics:
Cost-effective mitigation strategy for earthquake risk

This project is addressing the need for an evidence base to inform decision making on the mitigation of the risk posed by Australian buildings subject to earthquake.