SiSeRHMap v1.0: A simulator for mapped seismic response using a hybrid model

Gerardo Grelle, Laura Bonito, Alessandro Lampasi, Paola Revellino, Luigi Guerriero, Giuseppe Sappa, Francesco Maria Guadagno

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The SiSeRHMap (simulator for mapped seismic response using a hybrid model) is a computerized methodology capable of elaborating prediction maps of seismic response in terms of acceleration spectra. It was realized on the basis of a hybrid model which combines different approaches and models in a new and non-conventional way. These approaches and models are organized in a code architecture composed of five interdependent modules. A GIS (geographic information system) cubic model (GCM), which is a layered computational structure based on the concept of lithodynamic units and zones, aims at reproducing a parameterized layered subsoil model. A meta-modelling process confers a hybrid nature to the methodology. In this process, the one-dimensional (1-D) linear equivalent analysis produces acceleration response spectra for a specified number of site profiles using one or more input motions. The shear wave velocity-thickness profiles, defined as trainers, are randomly selected in each zone. Subsequently, a numerical adaptive simulation model (Emul-spectra) is optimized on the above trainer acceleration response spectra by means of a dedicated evolutionary algorithm (EA) and the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm (LMA) as the final optimizer. In the final step, the GCM maps executor module produces a serial map set of a stratigraphic seismic response at different periods, grid solving the calibrated Emul-spectra model. In addition, the spectra topographic amplification is also computed by means of a 3-D validated numerical prediction model. This model is built to match the results of the numerical simulations related to isolate reliefs using GIS morphometric data. In this way, different sets of seismic response maps are developed on which maps of design acceleration response spectra are also defined by means of an enveloping technique.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1567 - 1596
Number of pages30
JournalGeoscientific Model Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Grelle, G., Bonito, L., Lampasi, A., Revellino, P., Guerriero, L., Sappa, G., & Guadagno, F. M. (2016). SiSeRHMap v1.0: A simulator for mapped seismic response using a hybrid model. Geoscientific Model Development, 9(4), 1567 - 1596.