News of the Institute
EERI is pleased to announce the release of the full detailed technical program for the 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE).
Plan ahead to prioritize, strategize, and optimize your conference experience!
- 67 Technical Topic Sessions spanning a variety of topics and disciplines;
- 43 Special Sessions, each with a unique interactive format and topic;
- 200+ Posters on display;
- Ten (10) Five-in-Five (5-in-5) Sessions of 12-15 presentations each;
- Nine (9) Concurrent Theme Sessions;
- 40 teams competing in the 15th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition;
- Dynamic plenary speakers daily covering seismic hazard, risk, and policy;
- EERI’s 70th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon; and
- Exciting social and networking events all week highlighted by a special reception hosted by Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI)
REGISTER NOW – Conference registration rates increase on June 1, 2018.
EERI Member Spotlight
Robert E. Bachman (M.EERI,1982), P.E., S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, was named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This is the highest honor to which a civil engineer can aspire; in the Society’s 163-year history only 698 people have been elected to the honor. He will be inducted on Sunday, October 13, 2018 at the Celebration of Leaders Luncheon during ASCE’s 2018 Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Bachman is recognized for the development of modern seismic design provisions adopted into the building codes of California and the United States. For the past 18 years he has been the senior principal of his own consulting structural engineering practice in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Bachman’s work to improve life safety, cost-efficiency and resiliency have made him a leader in the practical advancement in seismic resistance of structures,components and equipment of all types.
As the chair of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) State Seismology Committee, Bachman led the reorganization and development of landmark seismic provisions of the 1997 Uniform Building Code including an unfunded effort to create, develop and publish near field ground motion maps that allowed for the consideration of higher seismic forces near faults for the first time in the state’s history. Bachman also led the user-friendly focused development of a second set of landmark seismic provision found in ASCE 7-05. Since its inception in 1989, Bachman has led the development of Seismic Guidelines for the California Risk Management and Prevention Program and California Accidental Release Prevention Programs. These guidelines focused on seismic evaluations of existing industrial facilities that contain hazardous materials, and as a result of his work on this project, the new guidelines have been adopted by jurisdictions throughout California and are utilized throughout the world.
Read the full press release: "Developer of Modern Seismic Design Provisions Named Distinguished Member"
Photo credit: ASCE
Younger Members Committee Webinar
Webinar now available for viewing: "Assessing Safety, Search and Rescue: An Engineer’s Role Following Disasters"
On May 2, 2018, EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) hosted a webinar by John Lawson (M.EERI,1985) entitled, “Assessing Safety, Search, and Rescue: An Engineer’s Role Following Disasters.” The presentation focused a small group of engineers that volunteer to serve the public by jumping at the chance to evaluate potentially dangerous buildings up close following disasters. A recording of the webinar presentation is now available on EERI’s YouTube channel.
John Lawson is a licensed Structural Engineer in California and Arizona where he has over 30 years of consulting experience in design and evaluation of buildings. He has a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he is also currently an Associate Professor.
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APPLY NOW - the deadline has been extended to June 1, 2018!
Do you have a desire to help future structural engineers succeed?
Do you have fond memories of your undergraduate Seismic Design Competition team experience?
Then you should volunteer to be a judge for the 15th Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC) at the Eleventh National Conference for Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE)!
The EERI Student Leadership Council is excited to announce the 15th Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC) at the Eleventh National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE) in Los Angeles, California, in which 40 teams from all over the world will be participating. While the competition is organized by the Student Leadership Council, it is largely a collaboration with the EERI leadership and conference attendees.
We are looking for professionals and academics from all backgrounds to help us with the competition judging, which will take place throughout Tuesday June 26th. The time commitment for each judge will be about 1 hour, and no previous judging experience is required.This is a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to interact with the next generation of earthquake engineers! Judges can choose from SDC team presentations, posters, and architecture of the building models created by the teams.
If you are interested in becoming a SDC judge, please apply by June 1, 2018. Please be sure to indicate the time(s) you can volunteer on the form.
We appreciate your participation with the Student Leadership Council.
The Lehigh University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Professor Dan M. Frangopol (M.EERI,1987), Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture, Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS Center), is looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on projects related to life-cycle reliability and risk, maintenance, health monitoring, management and optimization of civil and marine infrastructure systems. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and strong background and research accomplishments in structural engineering in one or more of the following areas: Structural Reliability and Probabilistic Methods, Risk Assessment and Decision Making under Uncertainty, Climate Change Adaptation, Monitoring-Maintenance-Management-Cost of Civil and Marine Infrastructure (particularly bridges and ships), Structural Optimization, and Life-Cycle Engineering.
Lehigh has internationally respected programs and outstanding structural research facilities including the Computational Laboratory for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering. The interdisciplinary research program brings together internationally recognized faculty and staff that have a well-established tradition of developing and implementing technology.
Starting date is June 2018, but is negotiable.
Application Deadline Extended to May 25, 2018
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has an internship position available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. Fall/Winter internships begin in July 2018 with an end date in January 2019. Applications should be submitted by May 25, 2018.
EERI internships are approximately six-months long, and offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, World Housing Encyclopedia, EERI Annual Meetings, technical seminars and webinars.
Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project and event coordination, and website development and maintenance.
Interns are expected to work in EERI's Oakland, California office, which means living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (No moving or housing support provided). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $2,200 ($2,500 for recent graduate students).
Interested candidates should apply here. Preference is given to EERI members. Applications should be submitted by May 25, 2018.
Learn more about the EERI Internship program.
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Date: July 30 - August 3, 2018
Location: Richmond Field Station, Richmond, CA
Early-bird registration with a $100 discount is available until June 22.
Applications for travel support are due by May 25.
The NHERI Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter) is hosting a “SimCenter Programming Bootcamp.” The overall goal of the bootcamp is to train researchers in programming paradigms not covered in traditional civil engineering courses, but which are needed to advance their capabilities with regard to simulation for natural hazards engineering. The target audience is graduate students, postdocs, and new faculty who are interested in simulating the effects of natural hazards on components, structures, and communities. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a firm grasp of how to build applications that utilize SimCenter products and run on the high-performance computing platform hosted at DesignSafe-CI.Back to top >
Welcome New EERI Bronze Level Subscribing Members
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Welcome New Members
EERI welcomes new members to the Institute (March 16 - May 9, 2018)
Govardhan Bhat, Education
Celal Kurtulus, Balıkesir University, Civil
Rini Mulyani, Bung Hatta University, Structural
Maribel Alexandra Aldás, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE, Civil
Mohammad Hamid Elmy, Nangarhar University, Structural
Angie Paola Garcia Arevalo, Universidad de los Andes, Risk Analysis
Cesar Madera, Civil
Cesar David Mendez Duval, ONESVIE, Structural
Budi Satriyo, PT Jacobs Group Indonesia, Geotechnical
Juan Archilla, Department of Veterans Affairs
Tom Chan, Global Risk Consultants, Structural
DongSoon Park, K-water Convergence Research Institute, Geotechnical
Claudio Taniguchi, City of Manhattan Beach, Emergency Prep Response
Bill Tremayne, Holmes Structures, Structural
Zhaohui Joey Yang, University of Alaska Anchorage, Geotechnical
Marco Donà, University of Padova, Civil
Jayadipta Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Structural
Pedram Hesam, Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc., Structural
Andrew Mock, Stantec, Structural
Mahyar Sharifi Mood, University of Texas at Austin, Geotechnical
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News of the Profession
Seven (7) recent articles, stories, opinions, or reports from around the web.
Decades-Long March Continues to Rid San Diego of Quake-Vulnerable Buildings (San Diego Union Tribune) Structural engineers learn lessons every time there’s a major quake somewhere in the world, and they are increasingly concerned about several kinds of buildings, even some that are less than 20 years old. Jorge Meneses (M.EERI,2006), president of the EERI San Diego chapter, discusses earthquake scenarios, preparation, and awareness. Read more
How Hawaii’s Newly Destabilized Volcano Caused a Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake (Los Angeles Times) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Hawaii Island on Friday,May 9, 2018 at 12:32 p.m. local time. The earthquake was triggered by the movement of magma underneath the eastern flank of the volcano, an area known as the East Rift Zone. Read more
San Francisco Earthquake Risks: Questions and Answers (New York Times) Many readers had questions about the April 17 article posted on May 1 in the Pulse, "San Francisco's Big Seismic Gamble," on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and in the comments section. Some were answered by EERI members: Peter Yanev (M.EERI,1973); Lucy Jones (M.EERI,2001); and Ibbi Almufti (M.EERI,2011). Read more
New HD Japan Quake & Tsunami Risk Model Released by RMS (Artemis) EERI Silver Level Subscribing Member, RMS (M.EERI,1997), has announced the launch of a new and updated high-definition risk model for Japanese earthquake and tsunami risks, which incorporates the latest seismic map data as well as learnings from the Tohoku and Kumamoto quakes. Mohsen Rahnama (M.EERI,1998), Chief Risk Modeling Officer, comments on the launch. Read more
Earthquake Science Could Have Predicted North Korea’s Nuclear Climbdown (The Conversation) Just days after North Korea announced it was suspending its testing programme, scientists revealed that the country’s underground nuclear test site had partially collapsed. This assessment was based on data gathered from smaller earthquakes that followed North Korea’s biggest nuclear test in 2017. A new study has now confirmed the collapse using satellite radar imaging. Read more
Portland City Council Postpones Mandatory Quake Fixes For Old Brick Buildings (NW News) Portland may become the first city in the Pacific Northwest to require all owners of old brick buildings to make earthquake safety upgrades, but not right away. A vote scheduled for May 9 on mandatory retrofits was postponed. The same issue is sidetracked in Seattle as officials scrounge for financial incentives to sweeten a mandate. Read more
Earthquakes on the Mississippi: The New Madrid Seismic Zone (How Stuff Works-Science) Despite its location, this area does have a history of large-scale earthquakes. It rests upon an old seismic zone straddling Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee. Created millions of years ago, the sensitive spot produced massive quakes in the 19th century. Here's a brief history of the so-named New Madrid Seismic Zone with commentary by Susan Hough, USGS (M.EERI,1997). Read moreBack to top >