Archives for July 2015

2nd World Conference on Disaster Management

Location: Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

3rd Turkish Earthquake Engineering and Seismology Conference

Location: Izmir, Turkey

EERI Briefing Videos About Nepal Earthquake Now Online


An EERI Briefing video series about the April 25, 2015 Nepal Earthquake is now available through the Nepal Earthquake Clearinghouse. The video playlist features an introduction on EERI’s response to the event, presentations in different topic areas by each member of the reconnaissance team that visited Nepal in June, and a summary of the mission’s findings. Briefing videos range in duration from 10 to 35 minutes, and can be watched individually or in a series.

Learn more and watch the EERI Briefing Videos

As part of EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program, a 13-member international team of experts visited urban and rural sites in Nepal following the M7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015. Working in partnership with Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), and coordinating with nearly 30 other reconnaissance efforts, EERI’s multidisciplinary team examined topic areas that included seismology and ground motion; building performance; healthcare facility performance; societal, psychological, and cultural factors; geotechnical engineering and geosciences; emergency response; performance of cultural heritage structures; building codes; lifelines; and community resilience. The briefing videos represent the first published findings from the EERI team.

“These briefing videos from the Nepal reconnaissance team mark the beginning of a new chapter in the long history of EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program,” said EERI Board president Mary Comerio. “I believe the accessibility, scale, and scope of these presentations—nearly five hours of findings from the trip—represent a terrific benefit to EERI members.”

EERI’s reconnaissance team has opened a period for questions regarding any of the briefing videos or the mission as a whole, with answers to be posted on a page of the Nepal Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse. Submit your questions to the team before Wednesday, August 19, 2015, by emailing EERI Program Manager Heidi Tremayne at

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40th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, Oct 12–15

EERI is a cooperating organization for the 40th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Oakland, California, October 12–15, 2015.

An anticipated 1,000 Deep Foundation Institute members and industry professional from around the world will attend a robust conference of technical sessions, committee meetings, award presentations, exhibits, and lectures. The conference is an excellent opportunity to gather and share experiences, exchange ideas and learn the current state-of-the-practice from various disciplines on deep foundations.

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More information at Deep Foundations Conference website

40th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

Location: Oakland, California

DFI 2015 Seismic and Lateral Loads Speciality Seminar

Location: Los Angeles, California

Deep Foundations Institute Seminar in Los Angeles, August 5–6, 2015

EERI is a cooperating organization for a Deep Foundations Institute seminar, Practical Deep Foundation Design and Construction for Seismic and Lateral Loads, in Los Angeles, CA, August 5–6, 2015.

The seminar will present state of the practice in analysis, design, construction and testing of deep foundations subject to seismic and lateral loads. Industry leaders will overview the design approaches and challenges of seismic and lateral load design, address performance-based design for foundations in liquefiable and non-liquefiable soils, discuss practical soil-structure interaction solutions, and present case histories that highlight the use of conventional software packages and emphasize constructability issues for deep foundations subject to lateral and seismic loads.

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Preview the technical program (PDF)

Register here

More information at Deep Foundations Institute website

School Earthquake Safety Initiative


New Program for School Earthquake Safety

Join us to protect the lives of all who inhabit school buildings. EERI’s new School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) will leverage the Institute’s extensive expertise and reputation by conducting regionally appropriate actions to increase the seismic safety of school buildings.

EERI members are encouraged to actively participate in one of SESI’s subcommittees listed below.

• Safety Screening, Inventory, and Evaluation – Chairs: Ken Goettel and Barry Welliver
• Classroom Education and Outreach – Chairs: Lelli Van Den Einde and Thalia Anagnos
• Tsunami Mitigation for Schools – Chair pending, Heidi Tremayne is current contact
• Code Updating and Improvements – Chair: Rob Jackson
• Safety Advocacy and Messaging – Chair: Lucy Arendt

Utilizing member expertise through these subcommittees, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative can make a tangible, positive difference in communities around the world by advocating for school safety.

For example, the Classroom Education and Outreach Subcommittee plans to use education in the classroom to establish ongoing dialog with parents, teachers, and administrators, creating advocates for school earthquake safety. After developing a pilot education program with well-documented and easy-to-implement lesson plans, the subcommittee will recruit EERI regional and student chapters to deliver the activities and serve as expert resources for stakeholders.

The Safety Screening, Inventory, and Evaluation Subcommittee will facilitate and encourage implementation of risk reduction measures, developing stepwise screening methodologies that can identify school buildings with the highest seismic risk while minimizing the effort and expense for school districts. This summer, the group will document inventory and screening success stories in Oregon, Washington, Utah, Alaska, and Missouri, and review screening tools. The subcommittee will then develop a school screening activity in the fall, intended to be ready for use by EERI members in selected pilot regions in 2016.

To learn more about SESI activities and find contact details for the subcommittee chairs listed above, visit the SESI website: