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Perception of seismic design by architects in Algeria

Bachir Benfarhat, Djillali Benouar, Stéphane Cartier
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 12, No 1 | a864 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v12i1.864 | © 2020 Bachir Benfarhat, Djillali Benouar, Stéphane Cartier | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 2019 | Published: 23 September 2020

About the author(s)

Bachir Benfarhat, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Amar Telidji University of Laghouat, Laghouat, Algeria
Djillali Benouar, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Alger, Algeria
Stéphane Cartier, Pacte Laboratory, Institute of Urbanism and Alpine Geography, University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France


The purpose of this article is to analyse the results of a survey towards the architects and engineers of construction in order to estimate the perception of the anti-seismic protection amongst these professionals. It focuses more on the architects who design buildings and, in many cases, monitor their implementation. The main result is the observation of inadequacies and gaps in seismic culture amongst the professionals, especially architects. These difficulties require the reinforcement of earthquake-resistant training. This effort to upgrade skills is as important as other aspects of the preventive management of the seismic risk in Algeria.


Seismic risk; seismic design; seismic code; seismic training; Algerian Paraseismic Regulation (RPA) seismic code


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