Webinar: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Improving Community Resilience to Natural Hazards

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Webinar: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Improving Community Resilience to Natural Hazards

Wednesday, August 26 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET  
Cost: Free for EERI members | $50 for non-members (PDH hours included upon request)


You’ll hear from John W. van de Lindt, Ph.D., on a timely and important topic — moving from performance-based engineering to multi-disciplinary community resilience, in which engineering merges with social, economic, and information science. You’ll also gain an understanding of how the concepts and practice of multi-disciplinary community resilience are developing.

The webinar will use 15 years of whole building shake table tests of resilient and non-resilient wood-frame apartment buildings to enter this discussion from an earthquake engineering perspective. Resilient buildings and physical infrastructure support social and economic institutions within a community and are necessary to achieve urban resilience to earthquakes and other natural hazards. Interdependencies in these systems play a key role and act within networks, across networks, and across disciplines making modeling a complex endeavor. 

Van de Lindt will explore these interactions in a fundamental form for earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods. He will also cover how these complex systems are modeled, which metrics are tracked to identify stability and improvements in resilience, and close with a longitudinal field study being used to help validate these complex models.


John W. van de Lindt, Ph.D., is the Harold H. Short Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He is the co-director for the National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, headquartered at the university. 

Over the last two decades, van de Lindt’s research has sought to improve the built environment by making structures and structural systems perform to the level expected by their occupants, government, and the public. This has been primarily through the development of performance-based engineering and test bed applications of building systems for earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and floods.

Van de Lindt led both the NEESWood and NEES-Soft project teams between 2005-2013, which consisted of two-story, four-story, and six-story shake table tests on the world’s largest shake tables. He serves on ASCE’s Executive Committee for the Infrastructure Resilience Division and Structural Engineering Institute. He has published more than 400 technical articles and reports, including more than 200 journal papers. Van de Lindt has served on a number of editorial boards and is the incoming chief editor for the Journal of Structural Engineering.

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