Barry H. Welliver

Vice President
Term: 2017-2020


Barry H. Welliver is Owner and Principal Engineer of BHW Engineers, L.L.C. with offices in Larkspur, California and Draper, Utah. Barry graduated from the University of Connecticut and moved to Northern California in the early 1970’s to study earthquakes and become involved with the newly emerging earthquake engineering community. There he worked for several prominent structural engineering firms before establishing his own private practice in 1979. 

After twenty-two years of residency, he moved with his family to Utah where he continues his practice while maintaining his Northern California office. He has been actively involved in the Structural Engineers Associations of Utah and Northern California serving on and chairing several committees. His interests in earthquakes lead to his involvement with the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC) beginning in 1996 as an observer, then delegate for the Structural Engineers Association of Utah and finally as Chair of the commission from 2002-2006. He has also served as president of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah and the Utah Regional Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Barry has been involved in a number of seismic renovations of existing buildings in both Utah and California, both as structural engineer of record and advocate for seismic safety. As chairman of the USSC he was instrumental in endorsing the need for the seismic retrofit of the University of Utah Marriott Library helping to capture Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) supplemental funds for the project. He has a long history of interest and advocacy for school earthquake safety. In Utah, he helped successfully lobby the state legislature for funding to complete a Rapid Visual Screening inventory of all public school buildings.
He is chair of EERI’s School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI). He was invited last year as the representative of EERI’s SESI to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Second Safe Schools Leaders meeting in Tehran, I.R Iran where he reported on SESI’s activities and learned about the international efforts for school hazard safety. He presently serves as Project Director for the Applied Technology Council’s ATC 122-1 project Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety FEMA P-1000 (2017).

Barry has also helped author FEMA P-420 Engineering Guidelines for Incremental Seismic Rehabilitation, and FEMA P-154 Rapid Visual Screening for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook Third Edition. In Utah he was a member of the teams producing the first Putting Down Roots In Earthquake Country and Scenario for a Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake on the Wasatch Fault – Salt Lake City Segment publications.