10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Highlights

More than 1,100 attendees from nearly 50 countries participated in the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (10NCEE) in Anchorage, Alaska, on July 21-25. The backdrop for the meeting was the 50th anniversary year of the 1964 Great Alaska earthquake and tsunami. By all accounts the meeting was a resounding success with many longtime national conference attendees calling it the best ever!

Alaska State Seismologist Mike West addresses 10NCEE attendees at plenaryParticipants, including more than 250 students, were immersed in a multidisciplinary program of 800 papers, 750 oral presentations, and 250 posters. Regional speakers included Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, Alaska State Seismologist Mike West, and former Alaska State Seismologist John Davies, all part of Tuesday morning’s opening session.

EERI Honorary Member Tom O’Rourke (M. EERI, 1980) and Kathleen Tierney (M. EERI, 1987) delivered presentations in Wednesday’s plenary session addressing mega disasters from the technical and social perspectives. Thursday’s plenary, as part of the 2014 NEES Quake Summit, featured Julio Ramirez (M. EERI, 2001) and EERI Honorary Member Bill Holmes (M. EERI, 1975) highlighting contributions of the NEES program in advancing knowledge and transforming practice over the first ten years of operation. On Friday, EERI Honorary Member Chris Poland (M. EERI, 1978) and Sjoerd Van Ballegooy (M. EERI, 2014) delivered plenary presentations on community resilience from two perspectives: building resilience into existing infrastructure and rebuilding resilience after the Christchurch earthquakes.

Shah Prize winners and Professor Haresh Shah (M. EERI, 1972) In addition to the technical program, many conference participants attended the Evening at the Native Heritage Center event and fieldtrips to Turnagain Arm and the Tsunami Warning Center near Hatcher Pass. Some attendees also learned to use the Clearinghouse Field Notes Application external link icon by capturing and recording photos of themselves with bears around Anchorage and contributing them to a virtual clearinghouse. Many attendees also watched the shaking of basal-wood tall building models during the 2014 EERI Seismic Design Competition and bid in the auction to raise funds for future competitions.

2014 EERI Annual Meeting Activities: Awards and Business Meetings
At the first luncheon, David Wald (M. EERI, 1988) delivered the 2014 EERI Distinguished Lecture “Challenges in Estimating Real-time Earthquake Shaking & Impact”  in which he discussed USGS’s near-real time earthquake information systems that provide rapid and automated alerting of estimated economic and human impacts following earthquakes. The Institute also presented 2014 EERI Awards and Honors external link icon to this year’s recipients. At the second luncheon, EERI President Ian Buckle (M. EERI, 1989) reported on the State of the Institute, and EERI Secretary/Treasurer Janiele Maffei (M. EERI, 1992) delivered the financial report external link icon during the annual Business Meeting.

Photos external link icon are captured by longtime EERI member Marshall Lew (M. EERI, 1978) unless otherwise noted.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
10NCEE websiteConference attendees who would like to receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for attending the technical portions of the conference may register for them on the EERI website at https://www.eeri.org/cohost/registration/2014-10ncee-pdh external link icon.

Access to 10NCEE Proceedings
Conference proceedings were loaded on a thumb drive that was provided to conference attendees. Included on the drive are all accepted papers, the Conference Program, the EERI Brief to Members, and the NEES Retrospective.

10NCEE Proceedings thumb drives are now available for purchase in the EERI Knowledge Center ($145 for non-members; 15% discount for members) at https://www.eeri.org/products-page/national-conference-on-earthquake-engineering/ external link icon.

Conference registrants can still access all 10NCEE papers at the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) website at https://nees.org/groups/10nceeconference/resources external link icon. Login and password are required. Please be sure to sign up with the same email address used to register for 10NCEE. NEEShub registration is free.

Acknowledgments
We appreciate our many sponsors, friends, and cooperating organizations for their generous support, and thank our colleagues at NEES for their collaborative spirit and exceptional contributions to the technical program.