2019 Safe Built Environment II

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Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Suematsu Takashi  Kaieda Hideshi 
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Course description and aims

Policies based on the various phenomena and situations during a disaster are required to secure a safe urban environment. The instructor in this course will explain in particular geophysical exploration, a technology for visualizing ground characteristics that have a large effect on tremors during an earthquake, and techniques for understanding human movement characteristics during a disaster in an urban space. In the first half of the course, the instructor will introduce types of geophysical exploration and their principles and theories, characteristics and measurement techniques of various geophysical exploration methods, applied examples of geophysical exploration methods in investigations of oil, minerals, and geothermal resources, and applied examples of geophysical exploration in urban disaster prevention and the construction of basic social facilities. In the second half, the instructor will introduce the processing power and magnitude of facilities and infrastructure matched with the people flow properties of each facility, evacuation guidance, video image analysis as a technology for optimizing energy saving, various simulators, applied examples of movement pattern estimation models and their mechanisms. Finally the instructor will explain basic knowledge of commercialization and the process for creating business ideas.
Moreover, although this course deals with the disaster prevention field, the process of extracting the essence of damage factors and causes, converting it into an engineering model, and developing solutions can be applied to other fields as well. We would like students to learn skills of problem identification and solving through this course.

Student learning outcomes

1) Understand geophysical exploration methods and their characteristics, and be able to explain what methods are effective in underground and foundation surveys.
2) Understand interpretations of underground cross-sections obtained as the result of geophysical exploration, and develop the skills to model underground structures.
3) Learn the configuration, range of application, and issues with people flow and traffic simulation technology
4) Learn basic knowledge about commercialization, the process of producing business ideas, and discussion etiquette


Preventing disaster, Geophysical exploration, Seismics survey, Electrical survey, Electromagnetic survey, Underground resources, Simulation for crowd of people or traffic condition, Business model and its promoting

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first 4 classes, the instructor will present a basic description and principles of geophysical exploration, while also introducing and explaining examples of underground visualization and modelling that utilize geophysical exploration. In the final 4 classes, the instructor will explain crowd simulation technology and introduce its examples, while also eliciting questions and opinions from students. The instructor will present basic knowledge on commercialization and entrepreneurship, while having students speak about a business model based on each student's specialized field, and discussing it as a class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Geophysical exploration methods and their principles Understanding geophysical exploration methods and their basic principles.
Class 2 Measurement procedure and interpretation of analysis results of geophysical exploration methods Understanding interpreted sections by geophysical exploration methods.
Class 3 Application of geophysical exploration to natural resources and environmental survey Understanding physical properties of underground natural resources and environmental pollutants.
Class 4 Application of geophysical exploration to disaster prevention and construction of social infrastructure facilities Understanding relations between properties of foundation and properties obtained by geophysical exploration.
Class 5 Applying simulation model of people flow in some buildings  ‐case studies of station or airport: as tool for optimizing or evaluating. Model mechanism.  ‐case studies of evacuating situation in station or super-high building: as tool for evaluating Understanding Micro-simulation
Class 6 Applying simulation model of urban and area community  ‐case studies of evacuating simulation for tsunami and flood in coast area or underground mole  ‐case studies of traffic and parking simulation: as tool for optimizing or evaluating. Model mechanism. Understanding Macro-simulation
Class 7 Process of executing business idea or plan  ‐ promoting idea and project. Business rules and common sense   (marketing research, company organization, promoting and communicating ability, administration) Understanding promotion process of business project
Class 8 Discussion  ‐ about student’s ideas and project based on his or her own technical field Understanding discussion rule


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Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their participation and opinions in each class (100%).

Related courses

  • UDE.S432: Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • UDE.E402 : GIS and Digital Image Processing for Built Environment
  • UDE.S533: Earthquake Disaster Management
  • UDE.S534 : Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
  • UDE.S435: Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Reduction

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No required in advance

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