Several laboratories at Grenoble INP are involved in projects related to the forecasting, prevention and protection of people and property against natural and technological hazards. These projects are geared towards minimising the associated risks.
The Grenoble region is especially exposed to various types of natural and technological risks such as earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, floods, and the presence of major civil engineering works. “A risk is the probability that a hazard will occur in a particularly vulnerable situation”, explains Frédéric Dufour, Professor at Grenoble INP – Ense3 and Senior Director of the 3SR laboratory (Soils, Solids, Structures, Risks). The prevention of natural risks, which are inherently uncontrollable, will primarily involve minimising the potential consequences of their occurrence on people and property by constructing civil engineering structures which reduce the likelihood of their occurrence while unfortunately increasing their consequences in the event of failure.