Imperial College London

Professor Julian J Bommer

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator



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Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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.



Ruigrok E, Rodriguez-Marek A, Edwards B, et al., 2022, Derivation of a near-surface damping model for the Groningen gas field, Geophysical Journal International, Vol:230, ISSN:0956-540X, Pages:776-795

Stafford P, Boore DM, Youngs RR, et al., 2022, Host-region parameters for an adjustable model for crustal earthquakes to facilitate the implementation of the backbone approach to building ground-motion logic trees in probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, Earthquake Spectra, Vol:38, ISSN:8755-2930, Pages:917-949

Bommer JJ, 2022, Earthquake hazard and risk analysis for natural and induced seismicity: towards objective assessments in the face of uncertainty., Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Vol:20, ISSN:1570-761X, Pages:2825-3069

Kruiver PP, Pefkos M, Meijles E, et al., 2022, Incorporating dwelling mounds into induced seismic risk analysis for the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Vol:20, ISSN:1570-761X, Pages:255-285

Verdon J, Bommer J, 2021, Comment on "Activation Rate of Seismicity for Hydraulic Fracture Wells in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin" by Ghofrani and Atkinson (2020), Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol:111, ISSN:0037-1106, Pages:3459-3474

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