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 Viviana Novelli

Viviana Novelli

Lecturer

School of Engineering

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Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Viviana Iris Novelli is a structural engineer working as a Lecturer (Teaching and Research) in Civil Engineering Design, Mechanics and Structures (Darlithwyr Disglair) at Cardiff University.  She has a Doctor Philosophy in Earthquake Engineering, awarded by the University College of London (UCL), and an exceptional and outstanding record in industry and in academia. She has a robust track in leading international projects focusing on earthquake engineering, and a superior and practical experience in pre/post-earthquake assessment in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America.

Viviana worked at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Bristol as a Research Associate in Earthquake Impact for the project PREPARE (Enhancing PREParedness for East African Countries through Seismic Resilience Engineering), a 3-year EPSRC-Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project. Her role in this project tackles the global challenge of improving the earthquake disaster preparedness for East African countries by developing integrated earthquake impact assessment tools in close partnerships with local governmental and academic institutions.

Before joining the University of Bristol, Viviana was employed for almost three years (2015-2018) in AECOM based in Manchester, to work in the position of project structural engineer for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with the role of coordinating projects for the seismic evaluation of British Embassies, Departments for the International Developments (DFID) offices and FCO residential properties in Europe, Africa and Middle East. Furthermore, in AECOM Viviana had also the duty of covering tasks in a wide variety of projects with the focus on retrofitting historical buildings and designing residential/commercial/industrial buildings.

Viviana has an excellent research record with a track of papers published on different topics such as  hybrid approach to estimate the seismic vulnerability and risk through a tool given by the combination of a mechanical approach and a knowledge-based tool to assess the seismic building responses and failure modes in developed and developing countries.

As a seismic vulnerability specialist, Viviana has also worked in several consultancies for DFID in Nepal and Malawi, Getty Institution, BRGM, and GEM to develop simplify approaches based on visual inspections and analytical methods to assess non-engineered constructions and masonry and reinforced concrete buildings, and architectural assets in different countries such as: Algeria, Malawi, Uganda, Nepal, Jordan, and Peru’ and several couriers in Europe. From 2010-2012 Viviana was employed at University of Bath in PERPETUATE, a European FP-7 project as a research assistant to assess the seismic vulnerability and propose economic retrofitting solutions for the seismic risk reduction in European and Mediterranean countries.

Viviana has also working for two years (2009-2010) in EUCENTRE (in Pavia, Italy), after she completed a master in Earthquake Engineering and Seismology at Rose school (in Pavia, Italy).

During all her entire career, she has gained a high understanding of how analytical and empirical methods for the vulnerability/risk assessment are designed, developed and used for industrial and academic aims. Furthermore, she has developed a high capacity to communicate engineering concepts to technical and non-technical clients and has achieved an extraordinary planning and organization skills.

Teaching

EN3311: Concrete Materials and Structures - https://data.cardiff.ac.uk/legacy/grails/module/EN3311.html

EN2400: Structural Analysis and Design

 

2020

Novelli V., De Risi R., Ngoma, I., Kafodya I., Kloukinas P., Macdonald J., Goda K. Fragility curves for non-engineered masonry buildings in developing countries derived from real data based on structural surveys and laboratory tests. Soft Computing. (Under review).

2020

Freddi F., Novelli V., Gentile R., Veliu E., Andreev S., Andonov A., Greco F., Zhuleku E. Observations from the 26th November 2019 Albania Earthquake: the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) mission. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering (Under review).

2019

Kloukinas P., Novelli V., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Macdonald J., Goda K. A building classification scheme of housing stock in Malawi for earthquake risk assessment. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 35(2), 507-537.

2019

Novelli V. I., D'Ayala D. Use of the knowledge-based system LOG-IDEAH to assess failure modes of masonry buildings, damaged by L’Aquila earthquake in 2009. Frontiers in Built Environment, 5, 95. (Citations: 1).

2019

Ngoma I., Kafodya I., Kloukinas P., Novelli V., Macdonald J., Goda K. Building classification and seismic vulnerability of current housing construction in Malawi. Malawi Journal of Science and Technology, 11(1), 57-72.

2016

Tallett-Williams S, Gosh B, Wilkinson S, Fenton C, Burton P, Whitworth M, Datla S, Franco G, Trieu A, Dejong M, Novelli V. Site amplification in the Kathmandu Valley during the 2015 M7. 6 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering. 2016 Dec 1; 14(12):3301-15. (Citations: 10).

2015

Novelli V., D’Ayala D., Makhloufi N., Zekagh A., Benouar D. A procedure for the identification of the seismic vulnerability at territorial scale. Application to the Casbah of Algiers. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 13(1), 177-202. (Citations: 26).

2015

Novelli V., D’Ayala D. LOG-IDEAH: LOGic trees for identification of damage due to earthquakes for architectural heritage. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 13(1), 153-176. (Citations:12).

2015

Bosiljkov V., D'Ayala D., Novelli V. Evaluation of uncertainties in determining the seismic vulnerability of historic masonry buildings in Slovenia: use of macro-element and structural element modelling. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 13(1), 311-329. (Citations: 6).

2013

Rossetto T., D’ayala D., Gori F., Persio R., Han J., Novelli V., Wilkinson S.M., Alexander D., Hill M., Stephens S., Kontoe S., Elia G., Verrucci E., Vicini A., Shelley W., Foulser-Piggott R. The value of multiple earthquake missions: the EEFIT L’Aquila Earthquake experience. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 12(1), 277-305. (Citations: 17).

2012

Novelli V., D’Ayala D. (2012) Assessment of the most damaged historic centres of the Region Emilia Romagna due to the earthquake of the 20th and 29th of May 2012. Ingegneria Sismica, 29(2-3), 59-71. (Citations: 6).

2012

Novelli, V., De Vos, M., Padget, J. and D'Ayala, D., (2012). LOG-IDEAH: ASP for architectonic asset preservation. In Technical Communications of the 28th International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP'12). Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik. (Citations: 5).

BOOK CHAPTERS AND SELECTED REPORTS

2019

Novelli V., Kloukinas P., De Risi R., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Macdonald J., Goda K. Seismic Mitigation Framework for Non-engineered Masonry Buildings in Developing Countries: Application to Malawi in the East African Rift. In Resilient Structures and Infrastructure (pp. 195-223). Springer, Singapore. (Citation: 1).

2019

Wilkinson S., DeJong M., Novelli V., Burton P., Tallet-Williams S., Whitworth M., Guillermo F., White T., Trieu A., Ghosh B., Datla S. The mw 7.8 Gorkha, Nepal earthquake of the 25th April 2015.EEFIT report.

2018

Novelli V., Kloukinas P., De Risi R., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Macdonald J., Goda K. World Housing Encyclopedia (WHE) Report on Unreinforced masonry houses made of fired clay bricks for Malawi (Report #205). (http://db.world-housing.net/building/205/). 

2015

D'Ayala D., Galasso C., Minas S., Novelli V. Review of methods to assess the seismic vulnerability of buildings, with particular reference to hospitals and medical facilities, Evidence on Demand, UK, doi: 10.12774/eod_hd.june2015.dayaladetal.

2015

D'Ayala D., Galasso C., Minas S., Novelli V. Review of retrofitting methods to reduce seismic vulnerability of buildings, with particular reference to hospitals and medical facilities, Evidence on Demand, UK. doi:10.12774/eod_hdr.june2015.ddayalaetal1.

2014

D Ayala D. Novelli V. Seismic vulnerability Assessment of masonry Structures. Encyclopaedia of Earthquake Engineering (pp. 334-365). (Citations: 3).

2012

Ioannou I., Borg R.C., Novelli V., Melo J., Alexander D., Kongar I. The 29th May 2012 Emilia Romagna Earthquake (EPICentre Field Observation Reports), London, UK: EPICentre. (Citations: 22).

2012

Cattari S., Lagomarsino S., D’Ayala D., Novelli V., Bosiljkov V. Correlation of performance levels and damage states for types of buildings. PERPETUATE (EC-FP7 project). (Citations: 6).

CONFERENCES 

2020

Voyagaki E., Kloukinas P., Novelli V., De Risi R., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Goda K., Macdonald J. Masonry panel testing in Malawi. 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 17WCEE Sendai, Japan - September 13th to 18th 2020.

2019

Novelli V., Kloukinas P., De Risi R., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Macdonald J., Goda K. Seismic vulnerability assessment of non-engineered masonry buildings in Malawi. COMPDYN 2019. 7th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. In Crete, Greece, 24–26 June 2019.

2019

Novelli V., Kloukinas P., De Risi R., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Macdonald J., Goda K. Seismic risk mitigation plan for countries in the East African Rift. case study: Salima, Malawi. Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED) 2019. 9-10 September 2019. Greenwich, London.

2019

Kloukinas P., Kafodya I., Ngoma I., Novelli V., Macdonald J., Goda K. Strength of materials and masonry structures in Malawi. SEMC 2019: The seventh international conference on structural engineering, mechanics, and computation. 2 - 4 September 2019 | Cape Town, South Africa.

2015

Wilkinson S., Whitworth M., DeJong M., Ghosh B., Burton, P., Tallet-Williams S., Novelli V., Franco G., White, T., Trieu, A. Earthquake Impacts on Mountain Communities-Observations and Lessons from the Mw 7.8 Gorkha Earthquake of 25 April 2015. In Proceedings of the Tenth Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Building an Earthquake-Resilient Pacific (pp. 6-8). (Citations: 2)

2014

Novelli V. I., D’Ayala D. Seismic risk estimation for Wadi Musa in Jordan. Second European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Istanbul, Turkey. Aug 25-29, 2014.

2012

Novelli V. I., D’Ayala D. LOG-IDEAH: LOGic trees for Identification of Damage for Architectural Heritage due to Earthquakes for Architectural Heritage. 15WCEE: 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Portugal.

2012

Novelli V. I., D’Ayala D. Seismic vulnerability assessment of the Casbah in Algiers. Proceedings of the SAHC2012, 8th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, Poland. (Citations: 3).

2011

Novelli V. I., D’Ayala D. Identificazione del danno sismico del patrimonio culturale. ANIDIS 2011, Bari, Italy.

2011

Novelli V. I., D’Ayala D. Seismic damage identification of cultural heritage assets. Conference of Seismic protection of cultural heritage, 31st-October 1st-November 2011, Antalya, Turkey. (Citations: 4).

2008

Novelli V.I., Sullivan T. J., Pinho R. Rigidezza di scarico per elementi in cemento armato. XIII Convegno ANIDIS, Bologna, Italy. (Citations: 6).