Welcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— Mary C. Comerio, EERI President
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NEHRP Seeks Physical Scientist More >
Video from Nepal Earthquake Live Briefing Now Available More >
16WCEE Call for Abstract Submissions More >
ATC/USGS Seismic Hazard User-Needs Workshop on September 21–22 More >
40th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in October More >
New Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics More >
NGA-WEST Project Receives a “2015 Excellence in Structural Engineering” Award from the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) More >
2015 EERI Student Leadership Council: Retreat and Elections More >
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68th EERI Annual Meeting
April 5–8, 2016
San Francisco, California, USA
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The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute invites practicing structural engineers and researchers, building and government officials, students, architects, and urban planners to the 2015 Technical Seminar Series, Update on Vulnerable Concrete Buildings: What You Need to Know and Where Should We Go from Here?
Numerous earthquakes around the world have demonstrated that concrete buildings constructed before the implementation of modern building code provisions are among the most vulnerable to serious damage and even collapse. This seminar will update the EERI community on the status of ongoing efforts to reduce the risk posed by these buildings and provide insight and appropriate actions to take. Sessions will cover:
The seminar will conclude with interactive sessions between the presenters and seminar attendees to discuss the implications of these efforts and how the EERI community can continue to engage and impact the reduction of risk posed by this inventory of buildings. Co-sponsors of the 2015 EERI Technical Seminar Series include: EERI Regional Chapter of Northern California, the EERI Regional Chapter of Southern California, and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER).
Dates and Locations
Thursday, October 29: San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, November 3: Seattle, WA
TBA (Spring 2016): Los Angeles, CA
More information can be found on the 2015 Technical Seminar Series flyer (PDF)
Register online for the 2015 EERI Technical Seminar Series at:
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute 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.
The 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 https://www.eeri.org/wp-content/uploads/student-paper-competition-flyer.pdf
Guidelines for preparing the manuscript are accessible on the EERI website at http://www.eeri.org/about-eeri/honors-awards/eeri-competitions/#student_paper
All papers must be submitted by November 1, 2015, to the Student Paper Online Submission Form.
The graduate and undergraduate paper winners will be invited to the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, April 5–8, 2016, and will receive travel support for this purpose. The top paper in the graduate category may be invited to be presented at the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.
The following candidates have been nominated for the 2016 EERI Board of Directors. EERI members will vote for their candidates from October 1 to November 1, 2015.
David A. Friedman, Senior Principal, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, San Francisco, CA (M. EERI, 1988)
Gregory G. Deierlein, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, CA (M. EERI, 1989)
Sri Sritharan, Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, IA (M. EERI, 1994)
Ross Boulanger, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis, CA (M. EERI, 1992)
Youssef Hashash, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (M. EERI, 1999)
A full list of the candidates' biographies and vision statements is available at https://www.eeri.org/2015/08/2016-eeri-board-elections-meet-the-candidates/
EERI members will be notified via email with voting instructions, including a unique link to an online ballot.Back to top >
Recent stories, reports, and opinions from around the Web:
Safer Schools, Resilient Communities (Risk Red)
A comparative assessment of school safety after the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
Are local schools prepared for 'the big quake'? (KOIN - Portland, OR)
3,000 Oregon schools and critical facilities received seismic assessments in 2007.
California Earthquake Authority Prepares to Go into "Hyperspace" (R Street)
CEA excited about 2016 earthquake insurance options.
Lessons on business interruption insurance from the Canterbury quakes (Stuff)
How long can indemnity periods be deferred?
LA Businesses Access Energy Financing via Seismic Strengthening Program (Energy Manager Today)
City of Los Angeles property owners are now able to finance seismic and energy improvements to their homes and businesses through a new program.
Recovery from destructive South Napa quake uneven across Wine Country (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Surveying recovery from the August 24, 2014 earthquake.
One Year After Napa Quake, Scientists Still Puzzled by Mysterious Fault (KQED)
“Between us, we’re calling it a one-month earthquake.”
After Nepal, is South Asia prepared for the Big One? (IRIN)
"Experts say too little is being done to get ready..."
The Building Science Branch in FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration is looking to hire a technical or scientific professional to join FEMA’s National Earthquake Hazards Reduction (NEHRP) program office team. The successful candidate will work on technical projects and provide project management oversight, and act as a technical resource for a multi-agency earthquake hazards reduction program.
The vacancy is open now through September 25, 2015. Position details and application procedures can be found at USAJobs:
Presentations from the August 13, 2015, live briefing and webinar on the Nepal Earthquake are now available for viewing online.
EERI, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association cohosted the event to share findings from reconnaissance missions to Nepal following a series of earthquakes in April and May, 2015.
Video of presentations from all speakers, including EERI reconnaissance team co-leader Bret Lizundia (M. EERI, 1992) and team members Judy Mitrani-Reiser (M. EERI, 2001) and Courtney Welton-Mitchell (M. EERI, 2015) are available on the PEER website: http://peer.berkeley.edu/events/2015/07/peer-eeri-geer-gorkha-nepal-earthquake-briefing-july-17-2015/
Reminder: EERI Briefing Video Series Still Available
Briefing videos from EERI's entire reconnaissance team to Nepal are available as a series on the Nepal Earthquake Virtual Clearinghouse website: http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2015-04-25-nepal/2015/07/29/eeri-briefing-videos/
The Scientific Committee of the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE) welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at the World Conference in Santiago, Chile, January 9–13, 2017. The conference is co-organized by the Chilean Association of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering - ACHISINA.
Deadline for abstract submission is September 15, 2015.
Abstract submission form and relevant information is available at the conference web page: www.16wcee.com
The Applied Technology Council (ATC) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will convene the ATC/USGS Seismic Hazard User-Needs Workshop, co-sponsored by EERI, at Rambo Auditorium, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, on September 21-22, 2015.
Like the ATC-35/USGS National Earthquake Ground Motion Mapping Workshops, which were held in 1995, 2001, and 2006, this User-Needs Workshop will provide an opportunity for groups that use the National Seismic Hazard Maps to describe their needs for hazard information and products from the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project.
Current information, including workshop agenda and a call for informal talks by participants can be found at: https://www.atcouncil.org/53-projects/278-atc-127
DFI's Annual Conference on Deep Foundations is the event for industry professionals from across the globe to gather and share experiences, exchange ideas, and learn the current state-of-the-practice from various disciplines on deep foundation technology.
On August 10, 2015, the National Science Foundation announced a five-year, $18.5 million award to create a Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) at Arizona State University (ASU). Georgia Institute of Technology, New Mexico State University, and the University of California-Davis will be partners in the new center.
The center will investigate natural underground biological processes to engineer the ground in ways that reduce construction costs and environmental impacts, while mitigating natural hazards and existing environmental degradation. Transformational new ground engineering methods are expected to improve the sustainability and resiliency of civil infrastructure systems, including bridges, buildings, underground construction and resource exploration.
Research outcomes in the emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering include increasing soil strength to help building foundations better withstand earthquakes and preventing erosion around critical infrastructure, such as water and power systems.
Edward Kavazanjian (M. EERI, 1989) will act as principal investigator, and co-principal investigators will include David Frost (M. EERI, 2007) and Jason DeJong (M. EERI, 2015).
The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) NGA-WEST project, led by Yousef Bozorgnia (M. EERI, 1986), received a 2015 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) for outstanding achievement in the development of ground motion models and databases that have major impacts on structural engineering practice and research.
In the NGA-WEST project, the multi-disciplinary PEER community developed the world’s largest uniformly processed earthquake ground motion database and a set of ground motion models for applications in seismic analysis, design, evaluation, and loss estimating.Back to top >
One preprint manuscript has been posted to the Earthquake Spectra website prior to formal publication. The paper to be published is:
"An empirical model to predict topographic effects in strong ground motion using California small to medium magnitude earthquake database" by Manisha Rai, Adrian Rodriguez-Marek (M. EERI, 1999), and Alan Yong (M. EERI, 2001).
To read all current preprint manuscripts posted, visit Earthquake Spectra preprints.
We are pleased to announce that manuscripts submitted for review in Earthquake Spectra can now be prepared two ways: using Spectra’s Microsoft Word template (.dotx) or using the new Spectra LaTeX template (.zip), both of which can be downloaded via the links above and from the eqs.msubmit.net and earthquakespectra.org websites.
To prepare your manuscript using LaTeX, please download the zip file, which contains several files to assist authors in preparing manuscripts formatted to Earthquake Spectra specifications. Refer to the revised Publication Procedures (PDF) for instructions on using these files. (Many thanks to Reagan Chandramohan for his work in creating this template!)
Please also note that in addition to the LaTeX template instructions, the revised Publications Procedures include the following other changes:
The EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) held its annual retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, on August 13–14, 2015. EERI SLC Co-Presidents Anahid Behrouzi (M. EERI, 2013) and Ezra Jampole (M. EERI, 2012) led a meeting at the Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI) offices in Walnut Creek, California, on Friday afternoon.
SLC members, representing 14 universities, were in attendance. The Council reviewed the past year’s activities, including the successes and challenges of the EERI Seismic Design Competition in Boston (February 2015), and charted out activities and improvements for the 2015-2016 term.
Election Results: 2015-2016 SLC Officers
The SLC held its board election for the 2015-2016 academic year. Below are the results of the election.
Cristian Acevedo, Stanford (M. EERI, 2012)
Diane Moug, UC Davis (M. EERI, 2014)
Kendall Johnson, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (M. EERI, 2015)
Mitchell Knapp, University of Illinois (M. EERI, 2014)
Lucas Laughery, Purdue University (M. EERI, 2013)
Alex Mueller, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (M. EERI, 2014)
Vince Pericoli, UC Davis (M. EERI, 2011)
Yi Tyan Tsai, UCLA (M. EERI, 2014)
Outreach Committee Chair: Carlos McEniry, Cal Poly Pomona (M. EERI, 2014)
Webmasters and Publicity Committee Chairs: Bin Cai, Iowa State University (M. EERI, 2014) and Mohammad Farshchin, University of Memphis (M. EERI, 2012)
Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Worskop Committee Chairs: Gabby Haro, North Carolina State University (M. EERI, 2014), Kristen Hess, University of Colorado (M. EERI, 2014), and Ezra Jampole, Stanford (M. EERI, 2012)
EERI thanks Computers and Structures, Inc., an EERI Diamond-level Subscribing Member, for its generous support of the annual SLC retreat and year-round activities. In addition to donating a meeting space, CSI also provided a reception for the SLC members, hosted by CSI President and CEO Ashraf Habibullah (M. EERI, 1999).
EERI would like to thank the outgoing SLC Officers for the 2014-2015 academic year: SLC Co-Presidents Ezra Jampole (M. EERI, 2012), Stanford University, and Anahid Behrouzi (M. EERI, 2013), University of Illinois; SLC Members Cristian Acevedo (M. EERI, 2012), Stanford University; Rachel Chicchi (M. EERI, 2014). Purdue University; Mohammad Farshchin (M. EERI, 2012), University of Memphis; Camilla Favaretti (M. EERI, 2014), UC Irvine; Chris Graham (M. EERI, 2014), UC San Diego; Lucas Laughery (M. EERI, 2013), Purdue University; Diane Moug (M. EERI, 2014), UC Davis; Vincente Pericoli (M. EERI, 2011), UC Davis; and Benjamin Turner (M. EERI, 2013), UC Los Angeles.
We also extend our appreciation to the SLC’s EERI Board Contact David Wald (M. EERI, 1988), US Geological Survey.Back to top >
EERI welcomes the members who have recently joined the Institute. If you wish to connect with your fellow members, you can locate their contact information in the EERI online membership directory, which requires logging in to the Member Resources Area of the EERI website.
Cooper Brossy, Fugro Consultants, Inc., Geologist
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
Jared Williams, Leigh & O'Kane LLC,Structural
Rohullah Jawed, CSU Los Angeles, Civil
Ioannis Kalyviotis, National Technical University, Civil
Huy Le, CSU Los Angeles, Civil
Ricardo Navarro, CSU Los Angeles, Civil
David Overby, North Carolina State University, Structural
Christopher Price, North Carolina State University, Structural
Mayank Sharma, UCLA, Structural
Looking to be more involved with EERI? We've come up with a list of opportunities for members. Each edition of The Pulse will highlight a way to do more.
Download the 25 Ways flyer (PDF)
#12: Attend a Technical Seminar.
EERI's 2015 Technical Seminar Series, Update on Vulnerable Concrete Buildings: What You Need to Know and Where Should We Go from Here? is coming this fall. Register to attend in San Francisco, Seattle, or Los Angeles (date TBA), and learn about how to reduce risk posed by vulnerable concrete buildings: https://www.eeri.org/cohost/registration/tech-seminar-2015Back to top >