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David A Friedman-PulseWelcome to The Pulse of Earthquake Engineering, the bi-weekly email newsletter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
— David A. Friedman, EERI President


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Member Spotlight - August 1, 2017

California Governor Appoints Ivan G. Wong and Jorge Meneses to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission More >

Learning from Earthquakes

LFE Travel Study Program Visits Santiago, Chile More >

News of the Institute

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Bruce Bolt Medal More >

New! EERI Resources from the Vault

Featured from the Vault: Securing Society Against Catastrophic Earthquake Losses More >

Program Updates

July Workshops a Big Success More >


August 25 BSSC Webinar Will Look at Seismic Design of Masonry More >

August 25 International Joint Workshop: Advanced Technology in Seismic Protection for Buildings (Indonesia) More >

Professional Opportunities

RFQ: As-Needed Consultant Services for Structural Design and Geotechnical Review More >


The Pulse is taking a vacation! More >

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members More >

News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views More >


1st International Conference on Infrastructure Resilience
February 14-16, 2018


10th Gulf Seismic Forum for Seismology and Earthquake
Engineering Studies in the Arabian Plate Region
March 19-22, 2018
Muscat, Oman

PEER - MTS Hybrid Simulation Workshop
March 20-21, 2018
PEER Richmond Field Station, Richmond, CA

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference V
June 10–15, 2018
Austin, TX


16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 18–21, 2018
Thessaloniki, Greece


11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
June 25–29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 43rd Annual Conference
October 24–27, 2018
Anaheim, California

Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2018)
October 28–31, 2018
Ghent, Belgium

GeoMEast 2018 International
November 24–28, 2018
Cairo, Egypt

16th Symposium on Earthquake Engineering (16SEE)
December 20-22, 2018
Roorkee, India

EERI 71st Annual Meeting

March 5–8, 2019
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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Member Spotlight - August 1, 2017

California Governor Appoints Ivan G. Wong and Jorge Meneses to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission

Ivan Wong.2Ivan G. Wong (M. EERI, 1978) and Jorge Meneses (M. EERI, 2006) have been appointed by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission. The Commission investigates earthquakes, researches earthquake-related issues and reports, and recommends to the Governor and Legislature policies and programs needed to reduce earthquake risk.

Ivan Wong is is an internationally recognized expert in seismic hazard evaluations with more than 40 years of experience in the fields of engineering seismology and seismic geology. He is currently a Senior Principal Seismologist with Lettis Consultants International. A major focus in his career has been earthquake hazard reduction and awareness and public outreach.  Ivan has directed the seismic hazard evaluations of more than 500 critical and important facilities worldwide including more than 250 dams, many for the Federal government.  He has managed some of the largest seismic hazard evaluations performed in the U.S. including the Yucca Mountain Project, the largest study ever performed.  For FEMA, Ivan has been involved in the education and implementation of the seismic risk assessment software HAZUS in several areas in the U.S.  He has been the recipient of numerous NEHRP external research grants from the U.S. Geological Survey that have supported the development of urban probabilistic and scenario hazard maps and other earthquake hazard-related studies.

Ivan has been an active member of EERI for 39 years! During that time, he has served as past member of Board of Directors, past President of the EERI Northern California Chapter, and past member of the Editorial Board for Earthquake Spectra.  In addition, has been actively involved in the activities of several other professional organizations and is an Associate Editor for the Seismological Society of America. He has been or is a member of numerous scientific and engineering committees, panels, and working groups.  Ivan has been an invited speaker at more than 200 professional meetings and conferences.  He has authored or coauthored more than 350 professional publications. He has been an invited lecturer at 14 universities worldwide including the California Academy of Science.  Ivan received BS degrees in physics and geology from Oregon State University and Portland State University, respectively, and a MS degree in geophysics from the University of Utah.

Jorge MenesesJorge Meneses has over 30 years of consultancy, project management, research, and teaching experience, in both private industry and research institutions in the field of geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Dr. Meneses is currently a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with RMA Group in San Diego, previously an associate geotechnical engineer at Group Delta Consultants Inc., a senior consultant at GEI Consultants Inc. and a senior geotechnical engineer at Kleinfelders Inc. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in geotechnical earthquake engineering and foundation engineering across the country and various markets including water, nuclear, transportation, high rise buildings, energy, schools, hospitals, commercial and industrial. He frequently acts as a peer reviewer for technical conferences and technical journal publications, is a guest speaker for domestic and international conferences, and has published more than 60 technical publications. Dr. Meneses is currently a part-time instructor in the graduate school of San Diego State University and University of California San Diego Extension.

Dr. Meneses is the President and Founder of EERI's San Diego Regional Chapter, and an Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, member of the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Structural Engineering (University of California San Diego), member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Meneses received his Master of Science and Doctor of Engineering degrees in geotechnical engineering from the University of Tokyo.

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Learning from Earthquakes

LFE Travel Study Program Visits Santiago, Chile

tsunami warning center Felipe RiveraEarlier this year (January 14-18, 2017), EERI teamed up with Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDEN) of Santiago, Chile to offer the first ever Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) Travel Study Program. The LFE Travel Study Program is an EERI initiative to conduct field study trips to earthquake affected regions that offer members a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field, facilitating international knowledge transfer.

Sixteen graduate students and young professionals attended lectures and visited locations that had experienced significant earthquake and tsunami damage in the 2010 Maule earthquake. EERI members Mary Comerio (M. EERI, 1988), Farzad Naeim (M. EERI, 1983), Judith Mitrani-Reiser (M. EERI, 2001), Juan Carlos de la Llera (M. EERI, 1997), and Matias Hube (M. EERI, 2005) joined many other Chilean colleagues to provide insights into unique aspects of Chilean response and recovery, as well as development of new codes and seismic protection systems.

The five-day program gave an opportunity to interact with an interdisciplinary team and be exposed to a wide range of earthquake response and recovery topics while also gaining exposure to EERI reconnaissance tools. Highlights included visits to social housing projects, a tsunami warning center, a seismic protection system research testing lab, a winery, a base-isolated hospital, and the Titanium Tower, particularly the heli-pad.

Participants completed two projects: observations of resilience in housing, healthcare, schools, and business; and assessment of tsunami evacuation routes. Based on observations and interviews with Chilean residents, business owners, healthcare professionals, engineers, government service workers, students, parents, and professors from universities participants produced two sets of resilience reports, Resilience Reconnaissance Observations by EERI and CIGIDEN and Tsunami Resilience Observations by EERI and CIGIDEN, which are posted on the EERI web site.

Participants were very positive about the experience and its impact on their future careers. Many expressed a deeper understanding of the merits of an interdisciplinary exploration of risk reduction. The opportunity to interact with professionals from other countries was transformational.

The sixteen students and young professionals who participated are: Quinn Peck, Sandra Hyde, Alexandria Julius, Ana Maria Parra Bastidas, Laura Hernandez, Catherine Johnson, Chad Norvell, Alvaro Rubinos, Preetish Kakoty, Barbara Simpson, Marisella Ortega, Wael Hassan, Laura Whitehurst, Kelsey Wittels, Keshab Sharma, and José Luis Baquedano.

Planning for the trip was coordinated jointly by EERI member Thalia Anagnos (M. EERI, 1982) and Kelsey Wittels in collaboration with CIGIDEN researchers Felipe Rivera and Rosario Walker. A future LFE Travel Study Program is in development.

Photo: LFE Travel Study Program participants visit a tsunami warning center. Photo credit: Felipe Rivera

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News of the Institute

Call for Nominations for the 2018 Bruce Bolt Medal

Bruce BoltThe Bruce Bolt Medal is a distinguished honor awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and SSA to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

The COSMOS, EERI, and SSA Joint Nomination Panel is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Bruce Bolt Medalist. Members of EERI, SSA, and COSMOS are encouraged to submit nomination packages for this distinguished award. Nominations will be reviewed in confidence by a six-person Joint Nomination Panel formed by two representatives from each of the three sponsoring organizations. Please note that current members of the Joint Panel are not eligible for nomination: Jose A. Martinez-Cruzado, Robert L. Nigbor, Maurice S. Power, Jon Ake, Robert R. Youngs, and William "Woody" Savage (Chair of the Bolt Panel). The recommended nominee will be considered in confidence by each organization’s Board of Directors for their approval and joint selection of the medalist.

If you know of a colleague or peer that you would like to nominate for this prestigious honor, please go to the Bruce Bolt Medal webpage external link icon for nominee criteria and nomination procedure.

The deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 award is October 31, 2017 (incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel). Please direct all questions to Woody Savage (M. EERI, 1975) at woodysavage@gmail.com.

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New! EERI Resources from the Vault

Featured from the Vault: Securing Society Against Catastrophic Earthquake Losses

Report 2003Have you visited EERI's Member Resources area lately?  It is amazing how many documents and reports EERI has produced in its 70 years! For example, Securing Society Against Catastrophic Earthquake Losses (January 2003), is an excellent report that is still very relevant today, especially with the NEHRP Reauthorization possibility. Download this free report.

Securing Society Against Catastrophic Earthquake Losses: A Research and Outreach Plan in Earthquake Engineering: A panel of leading scientists and engineers from throughout the United States, established by EERI with financial support from the National Science Foundation, spent three years preparing this Plan. It presents a new comprehensive vision from the earthquake engineering community for the rapid development and deployment of leading edge research to create safer, more resilient communities. As a balanced approach to reducing the soaring costs of earthquakes and making society less vulnerable to catastrophic losses, the Plan represents the best opportunity to positively influence the reauthorizing legislation for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and identifies the needed level of funding to carry out critical research and implementation. Read more. 

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Program Updates

July Workshops a Big Success

Data to Policy: URM Retrofit Strategies That Engage Communities

On July 13, 2017 EERI and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management hosted a workshop in Salem, Oregon. The workshop included the technical aspects of retrofitting unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, as well as the policy and community engagement side of state and local retrofitting strategies. A panel of experts in the field presented case studies and best practices from their regions. This workshop was made possible by a 2016-2017 State Support Grant provided by FEMA and administered by EERI. Workshop Materials Available Here.

Workshop Series: California Earthquake Clearinghouse Stakeholder Training

The California Earthquake Clearinghouse and EERI held a series of day-long stakeholder training workshops in Pasadena, San Diego, and Sacramento. These workshops included best practices for information sharing, interactive reconnaissance field tools training, and collaborative discussion about goals for the Clearinghouse. Also featured were Disaster Service Worker (DSW) and field safety certification where appropriate. Join the California Earthquake Clearinghouse mailing list to get updates on news and events. 

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August 25 BSSC Webinar Will Look at Seismic Design of Masonry

nibs-logoThe National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host the sixth webinar in its 2017 series sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The free webinar, “Seismic Design of Masonry with the 2015 NEHRP Provisions,” will be held Friday, August 25, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am to 12:00 pm PT).

The BSSC webinar series highlights the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, as well as its supporting materials, FEMA P-1051 Design Examples and FEMA P-1052 Training Materials. Presenter David Sommer, PE, SE, is the principal author of the masonry chapter of FEMA P-1051. Space is limited, register today! 


August 25 International Joint Workshop: Advanced Technology in Seismic Protection for Buildings (Indonesia)

JSSI workshopAn international joint workshop organized by the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Structural Engineering Research Group, Association of Indonesian Earthquake Engineering (AARGI), and Japan Society of Seismic Isolation (JSSI), titled, "Advanced Technology in Seismic Protection for Buildings: Seismically Isolated Systems & Vibration Control Systems," will be held on August 25, 2017. The full-day workshop will hosted on the campus of the Bandung Institute of Technology, Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, Indonesia.

The following topics will be presented:

  • Application of Seismic IsolationTechnology in Indonesia
  • The Concept of the Building Standard Law in Japan
  • Earthquake Resistant Design: Characteristics of ER, Seismic Isolation and Vibration Control Methods with Design Examples
  • Recent Large Earthquake in Japan and Seismic Isolation Systems
  • Outline of World Affairs for Seismic Isolation and Vibration Control Technology
  • Design Procedures of Seismic Isolation and Vibration Control and Their Practical Examples

For more information and to register for the workshop, please email: siworkshop17@gmail.com or contact Mario by phone or WhatsApp: +6281378498390

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Professional Opportunities

RFQ: As-Needed Consultant Services for Structural Design and Geotechnical Review

SFDBIThe City of San Francisco Department of Building Inspection (DBI) has posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for As-Needed Consultant Services for Structural Design and Geotechnical Review. The City seeks responses from Respondents demonstrating expertise in one or more of the following Areas:

1) Structural Design Review/Practicing Structural Engineer;
2) Structural Design Review/Academia; and
3) Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Review.

For details, schedule, and contact information, visit www.sfdbi.org/rfp

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The Pulse is taking a vacation!

EERI wishes all of our members an enjoyable summer. Please note that there will be no August 15, 2017 newsletter. Check back September 1, 2017 for the next issue of The Pulse.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members

EERI welcomes members who have recently joined the Institute!

Yousef Nouri, EBMUD, Civil

Orlando Arroyo, Universidad de La Sabana
Julio Leon Deza, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Civil

Young Professional
Rodrigo Astroza, Universidad de los Andes
Karim Tarbali, University of Canterbury, Civil

Mohamed Altameemi, University of Wisconsin
Hiroshi Ariyama, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Gitanjali Bhattacharjee, Stanford University
Benjamin Brito, Waseda University
Jose Caraballo, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Laura Cespedes, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Relvin Colon, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Gustavo Diaz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Cesar Diaz Quezada, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Max Didier, ETH Zurich, Risk Analysis
Wenbo Duan, Polytechnique Montreal
Annalaura Gabriele, Universita di Cassino, Civil
Jesus Gomez Ramirez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Iason Grigoratos, IUSS Pavia, Risk Analysis
Mohammad Hariri-Ardebili, University of Colorado, Civil
Alvaro Herrera, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Adriana Iniguez, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Ashley Jimenez Lopez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Maria Luisa Jiminian Morales, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Subodh Kolwankar, University of California Davis
Kai Marder, University of Auckland
Ian McGregor, California State University Long Beach, Geologist
Reyhaneh Navabzadehesmaeili, Texas A&M University
Lan Nguyen, California State University Sacramento, Civil
Angelo Pelle, Universita di Cassino, Civil
Edson Quispe, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Civil
Francisco Rodriguez, California State University Sacramento, Geotechnical
Laura Rodriguez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, Civil
Javier Sarmiento, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Civil
Melinda (Mengfen) Shen, Clemson University, Geotechnical
Joshua Tapia, University of Toronto
Hans Tolksdorf, UCLA, Geotechnical
Chiyun Zhong, University of Toronto

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News of the Profession

Links to Recent News and Views

Seven recent articles, stories, opinions, or reports from around the web

1one To Bounce Back From Disaster, Balance Is Key (CityLab) In a new book, After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery, co-authors Laurie Johnson (M. EERI, 1990) and Robert Olshansky (M. EERI, 1987), draw from decades of research to examine how six countries navigated the complex process of shelling out funds and leading action in times of panic and confusion. Read more

2twoWho Pays for the Rising Cost of Natural Disasters: QuickTake Q&A (Bloomberg) The force of Mother Nature cost mankind $175 billion in 2016; the earthquake and following tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 tops the list of the 10 most costly natural disasters since 1980, with an economic loss of $210 billion. Read more

3threeQuake, Tsunami, Volcano Risks Stalk Tokyo Olympics Organizers (Japan Times) Japan is already stepping up efforts to reassure top athletes and hundreds of thousands of visitors when they flock to Tokyo for the Games, which begin on 24 July 2020, that safety will be paramount. Read more

4fourAll Models are Wrong, but Some are Useful - Using Risk Models to Rapidly Estimate Post Disaster Impacts (ReliefWeb) Giving governments hard numbers on the cost, and the probability of occurrence, of a disaster enables important discussions on which measures should be taken to better prepare for this risk, and in which priority sectors. Read more

5fiveEarthquake Fault Maps for Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Other Westside Areas Could Bring Development Restrictions (Los Angeles Times) California State officials released long-awaited new draft maps showing the locations of earthquake faults that run along some of Southern California’s most expensive real estate. Read more

6sixDeadly Earthquake Strikes Greece And Turkey (NPR) At least two people were killed by a strong earthquake that struck Greece and Turkey in the early morning hours of July 20, sending thousands of panicked vacationers and locals streaming outside. USGS reports the quake was a M 6.7 - 10km SSE of Bodrum, Turkey. Read more

7sevenThe Earthquake in Greece and Turkey – in Pictures (The Guardian) Read more


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