Imperial College London

Professor Julian J Bommer

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator



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Professional Activities:

I served on the full-time academic staff at Imperial College from 1994 until 2011, promoted to the position of Professor of Earthquake Risk Assessment in 2006. During my 17 years on the academic staff I supervised to successful completion 15 PhD students, and taught subjects related to Engineering Seismoloy, Risk Analysis, Professional Engineering Practice, and Energy, at undergraduate and Masters level. I also held a number of departmental posts, including Postgraduate Tutor (1996-2000), Senior Tutor (2001-2003) and Director of Undergraduate Studies (2004-2010). In the last role I coordinated the introduction of new 4-year MEng curriculum in Civil Engineeing.

In August 2013 I rejoined the academic staff on a part-time basis as a Senior Research Investigator and am engaged with some research in the Department and continue to publish (Web of Science h-index currently 44) as well as contributing to some teaching modules, I am mainly engaged in seismic hazard projects around the world, primarily for nuclear applications but also related to large dams, bridges and other major infrastructure projects, including the Panama Canal expansion. I am also working on some projects related to the hazard and risk due to induced seismicity. Details of these projects are in my CV.

Areas of Expertise:

Engineering Seismology: earthquake ground-motion characterisation and prediction; definition of earthquake actions for seismic design; seismic hazard assessment for natural and induced seismicity; earthquake loss estimation and risk analysis.



Bommer JJ, Stafford PJ, Edwards B, et al., Framework for a ground-motion model for induced seismic hazard and risk analysis in the Groningen gas field, the Netherlands, Earthquake Spectra, ISSN:8755-2930

Noorlandt R, Kruiver PP, de Kleine MPE, et al., 2018, Characterisation of ground motion recording stations in the Groningen gas field, Journal of Seismology, ISSN:1383-4649, Pages:1-19

Bommer JJ, Crowley H, 2017, The Purpose and Definition of the Minimum Magnitude Limit in PSHA Calculations, Seismological Research Letters, Vol:88, ISSN:0895-0695, Pages:1097-1106

Bommer JJ, van Elk J, 2017, Comment on "The Maximum Possible and the Maximum Expected Earthquake Magnitude for Production-Induced Earthquakes at the Gas Field in Groningen, The Netherlands" by Gert Zoller and Matthias Holschneider, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0037-1106, Pages:1564-1567

Bommer JJ, Stafford PJ, Edwards B, et al., 2017, Framework for a Ground-Motion Model for Induced Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis in the Groningen Gas Field, The Netherlands, Earthquake Spectra, Vol:33, ISSN:8755-2930, Pages:481-498

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