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Oral History Series Vol. 14 Joseph P. Nicoletti

This oral history covers Joseph Nicoletti's exceptional career as a structural engineer in San Francisco, California. For decades, he was on the forefront of regional, statewide, and national building code development during a time that spawned great innovation, as codes evolved from having minimal seismic provisions to incorporating rigorous analyses of component responses. In 1947, he was the fifth employee hired by John Blume (the subject of a previous oral history in the series). John Blume and Associates pioneered the use of dynamic analysis for buildings. Nicoletti discusses the era’s important code developments and the compromises necessary to achieve them. He and Sigmund Freeman co-authored the groundbreaking document “Seismic Design Guidelines for Upgrading Existing Buildings” in 1988. He worked on a number of projects to mitigate hazards posed by double-deck viaducts, bridge on-ramps and off-ramps, unreinforced masonry buildings, and weld failures in steel moment-frame structures identified after the Northridge earthquake. Most recently, he has been engaged in the plan to replace the San Francisco Bay Bridge’s east crossing. The oral history ends with reflections on many intriguing engineering personalities and the current exciting revolutionary time in the structural engineering profession. 2006, 133 pp. ISBN 1-932884-24-6

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The intent of the EERI oral history project is to publish a series of interviews with prominent figures in the field of earthquake engineering to preserve some of the rich history of those who have pioneered in shaping seismic design theory and practice.

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