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American Samoa Port Seismic Assessment RFP

With funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), EERI and American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) are seeking structural engineering services specializing in marine structures to provide seismic assessments for a port structure in American Samoa.

This project is a seismic assessment of a wharf in the Port of Pago Pago. Two additional building structures may be assessed as part of this project if budget allows. Please note that this is not a request for an assessment of Pago Pago Harbor but specifically the Port of Pago Pago.

Please view the full RFP (Updated March 20, 2019) for more information.

Proposal deadline: (FINAL EXTENSION) Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00pm PT

Interested parties should send a proposal (including a brief statement of interest, qualifications, and a list of relevant recent projects) to Zoe Yin at EERI (zoe@eeri.org) before the request for proposal deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is the lump sum fee of $25,000 fixed?
Yes, the fee is fixed at $25,000, which also must include all travel and associated project costs. There is no additional funding available. If the wharf assessment can be completed for less than the fixed fee, two optional additional building structures are also described in the RFP for potential assessment or screening as a part of the project.

2. What type of seismic assessment is ASDHS looking for?
ASDHS is looking to gain as much information as possible about the performance of the wharf after future earthquakes, and asks the proposer to indicate the type and level of assessment they think can be achieved within the fixed project budget. They would like to learn about any potential deficiencies present in the current structure, and hear any recommendations that could improve the expected seismic performance.

3. What type of “Transactional Rating” is required?
This was an error in the RFP document and is struck from the project scope in the updated RFP dated March 20, 2019.

Supplemental Materials to be provided to selected Contractor by ASDHS:

ASDHS expects to provide the following supplemental materials to the selected contractor. It is also seeking structural drawings for all structures. ASDHS is willing to seek and acquire other materials needed by the contractor, upon request.

  • Marine Sediment report and soil sample information from a 2002 geotechnical study.
  • Bathymetric scan of Pago Harbor
  • Various materials from a 2002 wharf rehabilitation study.

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Leadership Communique: A Message from the Executive Director

71st EERI Annual Meeting: March 5-8, 2019

“National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018” is signed into law by the President

2018 NEHRP Reauthorization.EERI-press-release

EERI Press Release: December 12, 2018
Media Contact: Chris Poland | +1 415 740 7892 | cpoland@cdpce.com   

For Immediate Release                        

National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 signed into law by President Trump

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018, the first reauthorization of NEHRP in 9 years, sends a clear political message that earthquake risk reduction remains  an important priority for our nation.

Oakland, CA: December 12, 2018 — The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act of 2018 was signed into law by President Trump on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The law represents a revitalization of the Nation’s premier 45 year old earthquake hazard  reduction program and provides a clear political message that earthquake risk reduction remains a priority for the nation. The bill ( S.1768 and HR 6650), which passed unanimously through the Senate and house this fall ,  was co-sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

“NEHRP Reauthorization is a big step forward for our nation’s seismic resilience. The goalpost has moved from merely surviving a major earthquake, to maintaining quality of life, preventing damage to structures and  infrastructure, and reducing economic hardship. The law includes many new features that are important for the expansion of the NEHRP program to meet our 21st  century needs,” said Heidi Tremayne, Executive Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program provides funding to USGS, NIST, NSF and FEMA to define the size and damage potential of earthquakes, develop technologically and economically feasible design and construction methods, and develop implementation programs, related publications, and mitigation techniques. This   five-year  reauthorization makes significant program reforms and enhancements , modernizes the language related to earthquake prediction and early warning systems,  better defines  coordination among federal and state legislation, commissions a comprehensive study of the program’s effectiveness and funding levels.  

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has long advocated for NEHRP and all reauthorizations and again assisted in the bill’s development. Collaborating with partners in the engineering and natural hazards communities,  as well as incorporating recommendations developed  by the Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction (ACEHR), specific enhancements put forth by EERI include:

  • The findings now record that the nation is not prepared to remain operational or recover under any specific schedule and that the National Research Council reported that annual funding of approximately $300,000,000 is needed for 20 years to achieve the program’s research, preparedness, and mitigation goals.
  • The Purpose was expanded to include increasing the resilience of communities and to point out the need to develop new planning codes along with model building codes.
  • A definition for “Community Resilience” was added. “Lifelines” are now more accurately referred to as “lifeline infrastructure.”
  • A full review of the program, the activities of the program agencies, and the effectiveness of its application to both public and private earthquake risk and hazard reduction activities by the Comptroller General is now required to be submitted to the Congress within 3 years. This report should point out the need for the program’s further  expansion and additional  funding.
  • FEMA and NIST are directed  to convene a committee of experts to recommend options for improving the built environment and critical infrastructure needed to support community  recovery and resilience. This is expected to lead to the development of a new generation of functional recovery codes and standards for all components of the built environment.

For more information and to updates, please visit the EERI Legislative Action Center.


The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators. The objective of EERI is to reduce earthquake risk by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering; improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment; and advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes. www.eeri.org


EERI Virtual Clearinghouse: M7.0 November 30, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake

EERI Response to M7.0 November 30, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake

On Friday, November 30, 2018, a M7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska.  The EERI community extends its thoughts and sympathies to those affected by the earthquake as emergency response continues. 

EERI is currently monitoring the situation from media reports and notes from colleagues in the impacted region as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program and is considering an EERI response.  EERI has created a virtual clearinghouse website where information will be shared and updated on an ongoing basis. Please check back  for more information about EERI’s plans on the Virtual Earthquake clearinghouse: M7.0 November 30, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Virtual Clearinghouse

We welcome help in gathering and sharing links to media reports, information from earthquake professionals with field reports, or relevant technical literature.

How to Contribute
EERI members and other earthquake risk reduction professionals can contribute to reconnaissance efforts for this earthquake in the following ways:

1. Volunteer with the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team

Research specific topics to gain an understanding of the extent of damage in the region. VERT reports will be used to help inform the LFE Executive Committee’s response to this earthquake.

Click here to Join VERT

2. Contribute Photos and Notes

There are several ways that you can contribute to our data collection effort.  (A) Contribute post-earthquake field observations and photos or (B) contribute relevant pre-event images of the impacted area to provide baseline data for locations that field teams should visit to observe impacts. Once reconnaissance teams and others begin to share their photos and observations, they will also be shown on the virtual clearinghouse  Data Map and Photo Gallery pages.  All submissions will help inform both reconnaissance and recovery efforts.  

For login information and help, please email Ana Orozco at ana@eeri.org.

3. Use the Fulcrum App

In addition to our Photo Upload Tool, EERI is using the Fulcrum App for gathering information in the field.

  • If you already have a Fulcrum account through your organization and would prefer to use EERI’s Fulcrum data collection form (app), please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (maggie@eeri.org) to be added to an existing effort as a member.
  • If you have a Fulcrum data collection form (app) you would like to invite others to use, please contactMaggie Ortiz-Millan (maggie@eeri.org) at EERI to share your form (app) with our organization.
  • If you have data you would like to share with EERI through your own Fulcrum App, EERI may visualize your data on our Data Map on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (maggie@eeri.org) to request this.

Fulcrum can be downloaded easily for both Android and iOS devices.

4. Inform EERI of your reconnaissance plans

If you will be participating as a part of a reconnaissance mission, recovery mission, or traveling to the impacted area for any other purpose, please contact Maggie Ortiz-Millan (maggie@eeri.org) to inform her of your timeline and travel details.  EERI can help link you to others in the field, support you in efforts to share photos or observations, and connect you with  the EERI team (if one is mobilized).

Other Ways to Contribute

Earthquake investigators are encouraged to contact EERI Clearinghouse staff at eqclearinghouse@eeri.org if they have suggestions about how they can contribute to this clearinghouse effort.

Robert W. Graves Selected as 2019 Joyner Lecturer

Remembering Anestis “Andy” Veletsos (1927-2018)

Andy Veletsos Memorial
Houston, Texas
November 1, 2018

by Anil K. Chopra

I first met Andy Veletsos in 1969 at the 4th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, Chile. Andy was already a big name in earthquake engineering, and I was an unknown young academics at the University of California at Berkeley. Yet he treated me graciously, a quality of his that all of you know.

Thereafter, our paths crossed once a year at conferences. There I would listen to Andy present a paper and marvel at the creativity underlying this research and his ability to communicate it effectively. I read every new paper he published because without fail it would be enlightening intellectually and a stellar example of what a journal paper should be. In admiration, I decided to invite him to spend a semester at Berkeley and present a special course. I sat in his class with graduate students and watched in awe a master teacher at the top of his craft. This was in the late 1970s.

That is when Hamida, who is here with me, and I met Katherine and the young Ann Marie and Melinda, who became friends with our daughter, Nasreen, who was similar in age. Every time Andy and Katherine visited San Francisco, we would spend an evening together. Katherine became fond of San Francisco’s famous sour dough bread. We still remember her carrying a big bag full of bread as she boarded the plane back to Houston. Katherine, we are sorry that our flight was too early this morning to get fresh bread for you.

For those of you who do not know Andy’s professional work, let me say a few words. Andy’s research had a profound influence on the development of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. His work formed the foundation of this subject. It is now a part of building codes; engineers use it every day without knowing its origins. It is taught in graduate courses all over the world. New researchers start by reading his papers to embark on their careers.

Because Andy was an outstanding teacher and his writing exemplary, I suggested to him that he should write a textbook. After several years of reminding him, I realized that it was not high enough on Andy’s list of priorities. So during one of his visits to San Francisco, I said to him that if he wasn’t going to write one, then perhaps I would.

Now in its 5th edition, my textbook first appeared in 1995. Let me paraphrase a couple of sentences from the Preface to the first edition:

I wish to express my deep appreciation to Andy Veletsos for his influence on my professional growth. Through his research, writing, and lectures, he influenced my teaching and research philosophy. His work defined the approach adopted for Chapters 6, 7, and 14.

Andy Veletsos’ death marks the passing of a giant in earthquake engineering. But he will live on through his writings and many Ph.D. students from all over the world.


See also: Anestis S. Veletsos, 1927-2018 (submitted by Christos Giarlelis, George E. Mylonakis, and Panos Dakoulas)