Archives for September 2014

Job Posting: UC Irvine Tenured Faculty Position in Intelligent Infrastructure

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenured faculty position in Intelligent Infrastructure, with the possibility at either the Associate or Full Professor level, depending on the successful applicant’s level of experience and qualifications.

UC Irvine (logoThe Department seeks a forward-looking scholar-engineer to expand its expertise in intelligent civil infrastructure and strengthen its structures faculty cluster. The rapid evolution of “smart cities” necessitates increasingly monitored, networked and automated urban infrastructure that must be more responsive to societal priorities, environmental needs and resource constraints. Research areas under this theme include enhancing reliability and performance of infrastructure with novel materials, sensing and controls systems, lowering the carbon footprint of civil infrastructure, making civil infrastructure more resilient to extreme events, and expanding the functionality of civil infrastructure in new and creative ways that promote quality of life and sustainability, especially in urban areas. It is expected that successful candidates will first and foremost offer strong disciplinary expertise, but the Department is particularly interested in candidates who also offer interdisciplinary research experience spanning environmental, technological, behavioral and/or policy aspects of intelligent infrastructure. The Irvine campus affords excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration with strengths in such areas as materials science, environmental science, biotechnology, public health, energy, economics, planning, business, law, communications, control, computer science, information sciences, and sensor design and fabrication, among others. Additionally, the southern California region is a natural laboratory for smart cities research and, through its many programs and labs, the Department regularly interacts with agencies that construct, operate and manage infrastructure systems. This position represents an extraordinary opportunity to lead a research program at the forefront of smart cities research, in a dynamic and highly ranked public university located in a vibrant and growing mega-city, and with resource constraints (energy, water, air quality, ecosystem health) and significant natural hazards (earthquake, floods, and fire).

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, structural engineering, systems engineering or a closely related field at the time of appointment, and be qualified to teach undergraduate and graduate engineering courses in civil engineering. For consideration at the Associate and Full Professor levels, candidates must demonstrate ground-breaking achievements in intelligent infrastructure research, a track record of successfully competing for major research grants, a dedication to excellence in education, and hold outstanding promise for future work.

To apply, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of particular qualifications including teaching and research interests, and names and addresses of at least four references using the UC Irvine on-line application system: link icon.

Review of applications will begin in December 2014. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2014. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Post-Symposium Seminar (Seismic PRA: Post–Fukushima Implementations)

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


Watch the South Napa Earthquake Briefing Video and Read the Briefing Summary

Briefing Video: South Napa Earthquake

On Monday, September 15, 2014 the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) cohosted a reconnaissance briefing of preliminary observations from the August 24, 2014 South Napa Earthquake. Below is a recording of the briefing. Presentation slides from each of the speakers that can be downloaded as PDF files at external link icon.



Briefing Summary: South Napa Earthquake

The September 15, 2014 reconnaissance briefing of preliminary observations from the August 24, 2014 South Napa Earthquake was a great success, with an attendance of over 100 people at UC Berkeley and nearly 1,100 online viewers. The event was cohosted by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER).

South Napa Earthquake (damage to Napa Square)After a welcome by Jay Berger, Executive Director of EERI, and Stephen Mahin, Director of PEER, eight speakers synthesized earthquake impacts, highlighted lessons learned, and identified areas needing future study in their disciplinary topic area. Their findings were compiled through close collaboration with the vast numbers of colleagues and reconnaissance field teams who gathered data and observed earthquake damage.

The event was moderated by Marko Schotanus (Rutherford + Chekene), the EERI Reconnaissance Leader for the South Napa Earthquake. He emphasized how the California Earthquake Clearinghouse spurred collaboration and data sharing amongst the scientific and engineering communities to a new level in this earthquake, as evidenced by the value provided by the virtual clearinghouse website external link icon and its online multidisciplinary data map external link icon. These resources will serve as an ongoing repository and archive for scientific and engineering observations from the earthquake. All EERI members and other colleagues are encouraged to upload photos, data, or reports to the site.

Timothy Dawson (California Geological Survey) highlighted the field documentation of fault rupture conducted by seismologists and geologists. PEER studies of ground motion data and GEER studies of fault rupture impact on housing were summarized by Jon Bray, along with GEER observations that liquefaction and lateral spreads were not found in this earthquake, as would have normally be expected.

Andre Barbosa (Oregon State University, PEER, and EERI) and Ibrahim Almufti (Arup) shared the impacts of structures damage and business interruption, by highlighting the performance of URM buildings, housing impacts, and case studies of businesses affected by earthquake damage.

The event concluded with presentations about lifeline and transportation performance by Charles Scawthorn (PEER, SPA Risk, EERI, and TCLEE) and Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl (UC Berkeley). Impacts of outages to utility customers and the communications networks were minimal in the earthquake and quickly repaired by delivery companies due to minor impacts to the transmission system and transportation infrastructure.

For more information visit the South Napa Earthquake virtual clearinghouse website at external link icon.

2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series: Performance Based Design – State of the Practice for Tall Buildings

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) 2014 Technical Seminar Series focuses on the State of the Practice for Performance Based Seismic Design (PBD) of Tall Buildings. For the last decade engineers in major cities along the West Coast have taken advantage of performance based design concepts to achieve structural designs of tall buildings that are not in strict compliance with the International Building Code prescriptive provisions. These projects reflected cumulative best state-of-the-practice information related to seismology, geotechnology, and structural design to provide the most complete platform for implementing performance based seismic design concepts on major design projects.

2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series: Performance Based Design – State of the Practice for Tall BuildingsThe seminar will begin with a history of performance based design and the use of guidelines, published by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council (LATBSDC), in conjunction with the building code to form the basis of design for tall buildings. The focus will then turn to seismological and geotechnical considerations in the development of seismic demands in the form of both response spectra and ground motions for long period structures. This will be followed by a presentation on approaches for the modeling and analysis of these complex structures.

In addition, two case studies will be presented by structural engineers responsible for major tall building projects to demonstrate how the concepts have been put into place for actual structures. Since PBD is new and each project has unique features and challenges, peer review is an important component of the design process, and there will be a presentation on some of the lessons learned from peer reviewers. The final talk will discuss future directions of performance based seismic design, FEMA (ATC) 58, and moving present practice to the next level. The day will conclude with a panel discussion including a representative of a local building department who has been working with the developers and design team to help bring these landmark structures to fruition.

Dates and Locations
Wednesday, October 29: San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 6: Seattle, WA
Friday, November 7: Los Angeles, CA

Register online or download a registration form for the 2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series at external link icon and read the technical seminar brochure (PDF) external link icon.

2015 Board Nominees

The 2015 EERI Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of candidates for two open positions on the EERI Board of Directors. The nominees are:

For Director A:
David Cocke, President, Structural Focus, California (M. EERI, 1992)
Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., Professor, Arizona State University (M. EERI, 1989)

For Director B:
Lucy Arendt, Professor, University of Wisconsin (M. EERI, 2008)
Lori Dengler, Professor, Humboldt State University, California (M. EERI, 1998)

Additional nominations may be made by the membership in accordance with Article VII of the EERI Bylaws (Sections 4 and 5), upon submission of a petition with signatures of 25 members. Petitions must be received before November 1. Biographies of the candidates and short vision statements will be published in a future issue of the Newsletter and posted on the EERI website. EERI wishes to thank the Nominating Committee members: Ross Boulanger, (M. EERI, 1992); David Friedman, (M. EERI, 1988); Joe Maffei, (M. EERI, 1989); Tom Tobin, (M. EERI, 1986); and EERI Honorary Member Susan Tubbesing (1988).

Shah Family Innovation Prize: Call for Nominations

Do you know a young academic or professional making a difference in reducing global earthquake risk? Members are encouraged to nominate candidates for the Shah Family Innovation Prize from government, private firms, academia, and the international community.

Shah Family Innovation PrizeThe Shah Family Innovation Prize was created with a substantial gift to the EERI Endowment Fund by the Haresh C. Shah family of Stanford, California. The intent of the prize is to stimulate further creativity and leadership in the earthquake risk mitigation community and EERI.

The selection process recognizes a combination of past accomplishments and future potential, emphasizing creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions. EERI membership is not required for either the nominator or candidate, although it is strongly encouraged. Candidates must be less than 35 years of age on January 1, 2015.

Submit your nominations for the Shah Innovation Prize online by November 15, 2014 at

For more information about the required nomination package, selection criteria, and past winners, visit

The 2014 Shah Prize Selection Committee: Rui Pinho, Univ of Pavia, Chair; Stacey Bartoletti, Degenkolb Engineers; Patricia Grossi, Risk Management Solutions; Ellen Rathje, Univ of Texas; and Emily So, Cambridge Univ.

Earthquake Spectra Preprints

In early September, four preprint manuscripts were posted on the Earthquake Spectra website prior to their formal publication. The list of new preprint manuscripts, including authors, follows:

  • Earthquake Spectra“A Simple and Efficient Intensity Measure to account for Nonlinear Structural Behavior” by Marco De Biasio (M. EERI, 2014), Stephane Grange, Frederic Dufour, Frederic Allain and Ilie Petre-Lazar
  • “Seismic Loss Estimation and Environmental Issues” by Danny Arroyo, Mario Ordaz and Amador Teran-Gilmore
  • “Demographic Characteristics, Sources of Information and Preparedness for Earthquakes in California” by Linda B. Bourque (M. EERI, 1994)
  • “Water System Service Categories, Post-Earthquake Interaction, and Restoration Strategies” by Craig A. Davis (M. EERI, 1995)

To read preprint manuscripts or browse the complete list of preprint manuscripts, visit the Earthquake Spectra website at external link icon.

In addition, the Spectra editors posted a Special Collection of Preprints of the papers that will be published in the NGA-West2 special issue (forthcoming 2014) external link icon.

EERI Annual Student Paper Competition: Call for Submissions

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is pleased to announce its Annual Student Paper Competition. The purpose of the competition is to promote active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards research community.

2014 EERI Student Paper CompetitionThe EERI Student Paper Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate applicants. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and must be U.S. residents. Contest rules for graduate and undergraduate paper categories are available on the competition flyer (PDF) at external link icon.

Guidelines for preparing the manuscript are accessible on the EERI website at external link icon. All papers must be e-mailed by November 1, 2014, to Juliane Lane at

Up to four student authors will be invited to the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting in Boston, March 31 – April 3, 2015, and will receive travel support for this purpose. Their papers may also be considered for publication in Earthquake Spectra external link icon. The top paper in the graduate category may be presented at the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting.

Reconnaissance Briefing and Live Webcast on the South Napa Earthquake

On Monday, September 15, 2014 the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) will cohost a reconnaissance briefing of preliminary observations from the August 24, 2014 South Napa Earthquake.

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Location: Room 310, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS), UC Berkeley
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm, Pacific Daylight Time

Topics and Speakers:

  • Welcome – Jay Berger, EERI and Stephen Mahin, PEER
  • Reconnaissance and Clearinghouse Overview – Marko Schotanus, Rutherford+Chekene & EERI
  • Seismology and GeoScience – Timothy Dawson, California Geological Survey
  • Geotechnical Engineering – Jonathan Bray, UC Berkeley, GEER, & PEER
  • Structures – Andre Barbosa, Oregon State University, PEER, & EERI
  • Business Interruption and Resilience – Ibrahim Almufti, Arup, & EERI
  • Lifelines – Charles Scawthorn, PEER, SPA Risk, EERI, & TCLEE
  • Bridges – Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, UC Berkeley
  • Q&A

Two ways to attend:

If you are unable to attend, a recording of this briefing along with presentation slides will be posted within a few days of the briefing at the virtual clearinghouse website:


About EERI & PEER:

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, multi-disciplinary technical society of experts dedicated to reducing earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.  EERI members include engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists, who are researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators.  More information at

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. PEER contributes to research programs focused on performance-based earthquake engineering in disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, geology/seismology, lifelines, transportation, risk management, and public policy. More information at

2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series


Performance Based Design- State of the Practice for Tall Buildings


  • San Francisco, October 29
  • Seattle, November 6
  • Los Angeles, November 7

Seminar Brochure (pdf):

Website (registration page):