About EMDB



European Masonry Data Bank (EMDB) is initiated within the COPERNICUS (Cooperation in Science and Technology with Central and Eastern European Countries) ATEM (Advanced Testing of Masonry) Joint Research Project granted by European Commission Direction General XII (Science, Research & Development). Participants of project are researchers from Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Poland and Slovenia.

The purpose of EMDB is to collect basic data on experimental and numerical research of masonry carried out in European countries and worldwide. The idea of collecting data was generated from need for promotion and upgrade of the efficiency of research on masonry. This is important nowadays when non-EC European countries are joining their own research potential to EC members' efforts. The data collected in EMDB will support the further development and implementation of European codes, particularly Eurocode 6, Eurocode 8 and other related European Norms. They will also help in development of testing methods, mathematical modeling of structural behavior and constructing technologies.

EMDB is for the time being composed of four independent data bases for the collection and using of data on:

  1. researchers of masonry,
  2. tests carried out on masonry,
  3. mathematical models developed for analyzing of masonry and
  4. data about published results of both experimental and numerical research.

Who hosts and manages EMDB

EMDB is hosted by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy. It is managed by dr. Roko Zarnic and dr. Ziga Turk.

Who also supports EMDB

The members of newly established RILEM Technical Committee on Mathematical Modeling of Masonry (TC MMM) have supported the idea of EMDB and decided to join their efforts for EMDB's further development and use.

How to connect to EMDB

The EMDB is available free of charge on the World Wide Web at the address http://www.fagg.uni-lj.si/emdb/. We suggest you use Netscape Navigator 2.0 Internet software.

How to add your information into EMDB

Follow these steps:

  1. First we need to know a few things about you and your organization. Look at what others have written into the members database. Then fill in this form about yourself.
  2. Next you can provide information about your papers and publications. Look at the publications database, then add yours.
  3. Finally you can provide information about the tests you made. Look at the tests database, then add yours.

You can always come back and add other information or update the existing one!

EMDB Evolution

EMDB was created in Winter-Spring 1995/96 and was installed for public use as a working prototype in April 1996.

In the future, when the amount of collected data will reach the sufficient volume, EMDB will be periodically issued on CD ROM media and distributed upon the request of researchers and other users.