NAM Project

The project’s main objective is that of increasing the knowledge on the seismic response of unreinforced masonry (URM) and precast buildings typically found in the province of Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, which in recent years has been hit by earthquakes of relatively low magnitude (M2 to M4) related to gas extraction activities.
To this end, the following combined set of experimental and numerical activities has been planned:

  1. Validation against experimental benchmarks, as well as through comparison with numerical models developed by other research groups, of macro-element models of URM buildings typical of the Groningen region.
  2. Development of detailed finite element models of precast panels, and its connections, typical of precast construction in the Groningen region.
  3. Experimental in situ-testing of URM buildings in the Groningen region.
  4. Cyclic and dynamic laboratory testing of URM and precast components and sub-assemblages.
  5. Cyclic and shake-table testing of full-scale masonry and RC precast houses.


The project started on May 2014 and is currently envisaged to be completed by the end of 2018. A number of deliverables have been produced, in the form of numerical models, research reports and experimental tests, some of which can be accessed below:


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