Archives for November 2013

The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, Nov. 15, Issue Available

You may read the November 15, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI’s e-newsletter, at

November 15, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI's email newsletter

The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, Nov. 1, Issue Available

You may read the November 1, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI’s e-newsletter, at

November 1, 2013 issue of The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, EERI's email newsletter

Online Database of Concrete Buildings Damaged in Earthquakes

Collapses of non-ductile concrete buildings have been documented in countless earthquakes throughout the world, and many researchers are working to identify deficiencies or collapse indicators for this type of building. In an effort to contribute towards this understanding, the Concrete Coalition external link icon assembled a collection of case studies of concrete buildings damaged in earthquakes into an online database.

India JaiswalThe Concrete Coalition Database features case studies of over 50 buildings in 12 countries, an intuitive user interface, and extensive search criteria. Each case study includes summary information, photos, sketches, drawings, and information on retrofits. The Database also identifies over 50 design and construction characteristics that may have contributed to the observed damage.

Looking Forward
In the near future, others will be able to contribute case studies to the Concrete Coalition Database. As the Database is further populated, relationships between observed damage and design and construction characteristics may emerge. Start exploring the Database at external link icon.

Database Development
The Concrete Coalition Database was developed under the direction of Honorary EERI Member Craig Comartin (M. EERI, 1987), and the case studies were compiled by Concrete Coalition summer interns Sarah Bettinger, Edwin Lim (M. EERI, 2011), Quinn Peck (M. EERI, 2012), and Miguel Robles-Lora (M. EERI, 2012) under the guidance of many industry mentors. Funding support for the database project came from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Concrete Coalition, a project of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, is a network of individuals and organizations that works to understand the risk associated with non-ductile concrete buildings. Learn more about the Concrete Coalition at external link icon.

Laurence Kornfield to Receive the 2014 Alfred E. Alquist Medal

Laurence Kornfield (M. EERI, 1999), Advisor for Seismic Programs at the City and County of San Francisco’s Earthquake Safety Implementation Program, was named the 2014 Alfred E. Alquist Special Recognition Medal winner. Kornfield will receive the Alquist Medal at the 2014 EERI Annual Meeting and 10NCEE external link icon in Anchorage, Alaska, next July.

Laurence KornfieldThe Alquist Medal is awarded to an individual, company, or organization that has made substantial contributions to the field of seismic safety and earthquake risk reduction, having directly affected the seismic safety of the general population. The Alquist Medal recognizes career contributions or notable and/or singular achievements; a significant contribution to the public good is the primary selection criterion.

Kornfield has been committed to public service for over three decades. The goal for his work with the City of San Francisco has been to harmonize the many elements of our built environment: codes and technology with reliability and practicality, aesthetics and good design, resilience, sustainability, and social responsibility. He has advocated for public policy involvement in the development of codes and standards for building performance. He continues to work for the City of San Francisco in the new Earthquake Safety Implementation Program, an outgrowth of the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety.

After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, as Chief Building Inspector, he was responsible for the Building Department’s citywide response activities and the first use of ATC-20 Post-Earthquake Rapid Screening. Kornfield has worked to incorporate earthquake concerns into San Francisco’s building and planning policies. He frequently lectures and writes on building-related topics, and his show “Building San Francisco” is regularly aired on San Francisco cable television.

Kornfield has a widely varied academic and work background. He is a cook, sailor, tinkerer, reader, and writer. He is married to Catherine Bauman, a former San Francisco City Planner who, under an EERI Fellowship, studied the Kobe earthquake rebuilding effort.

EERI 2013 Technical Seminars


Renew Your EERI Membership

All EERI members (except student and honorary members) were sent via email the first membership renewal notice for 2014. The personalized email message provided a link to their personal renewal page showing contact information with options for selecting chapter membership and making a voluntary contribution to the EERI Endowment Fund.

Renew Your EERI Membership TodayIf you did not receive this message, please e-mail Membership Coordinator Juliane Lane at, and she will resend the message with your personal link. We hope you will continue to support EERI and renew your membership for 2014. Together, we can reduce earthquake risk for our communities.