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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

Founded in 1948, EERI's mission is to reduce earthquake risk by (1) advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, (2) improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political, and cultural environment, and (3) advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

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2021 EERI Board of Directors Election Nominees

The following candidates have been nominated for the 2021 EERI Board of Directors Election. EERI members will vote for their candidates from October 1 to November 1, 2020.

2021 BofD Pictures

Director A:

Ayse Hortacsu (M.EERI,2000)
Director of Projects, Applied Technology Council 
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Keith Knudsen (M.EERI,2001)
Deputy Director of the Earthquake Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey 
San Francisco Bay Area, CA 

Director B:

David Johnston (M.EERI,2013)
Professor of Disaster Management and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology at Massey University 
Wellington, New Zealand 

Carlien Bou-Chedid (M.EERI,2011)
Independent Consulting Structural and Earthquake Engineer 
Accra, Ghana 

You may make additional nominations in accordance with Article VII of the EERI Bylaws (Section 5), upon submission of a petition with signatures of at least 25 voting members for each elected Director's office. See the Bylaws for full details. Petitions must be received before September 15, 2020. Biographies of the candidates and short vision statements will be published in a future issue of the Pulse and posted on the EERI website.

EERI thanks the Nominating Committee: Chair Danielle Mieler, David Cocke, Abbie Liel, Troy Morgan, Ivan Wong, Laurie Johnson (ex-officio), Heidi Tremayne (ex-officio).

EERI Great Lakes Chapter Event - Seismic Design of Bridges

The Great Lakes Chapter of EERI is partnering with the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois to host a virtual event, Seismic Design of Bridges. Seismic Design of Bridges with Tony Shkurti, HNTB and Johann Aakre, Michael Baker International is a popular course that has been converted into a virtual event of two-hour segments, delivered over four days. All sessions will be from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm CST via Zoom (September 14, 16, 21, and 23). Click here for more information and to register. Topics include:

  • AASHTO LRFD Approach to Dynamic Analysis
  • AASHTO LRFD Approach to Seismic Load
  • Introduction to Displacement Based Design (new this year)
  • Analysis and Design Example using AASHTO LRFD Approach to Dynamic Analysis
  • Analysis and Design Example using IDOT Bridge Manual Approach to Seismic Design
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Webinar: Preliminary Geological and Structural Reconnaissance Observations from the August 9, 2020 Sparta, NC Earthquake

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Wednesday, September 30 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET | REGISTER HERE
Cost: Free for EERI members and non-members

On August 9, 2020 at 8:07AM, the largest recorded earthquake to strike North Carolina occurred near Sparta. The 5.1 magnitude earthquake (MMI 6) was preceded in the days before by several small foreshocks felt by local residents and followed to date by ~100 aftershocks. In this webinar, a multidisciplinary team from NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, USGS, and NC Geological Survey will discuss their observations including ground shaking characterization, geological features, and structural damage assessment. Speakers include: Dr. Mervyn J. Kowalsky, NC State; Ariadne L. Palma Parra, NC State; Dr. Paula M. Figueiredo, NC State; Dr. Arthur J. Merschat, US Geological Survey; Dr. Lewis A. Owen, NC State; and Dr. Kevin G. Stewart, NC Geological Survey.

Register today: Webinar on Lifeline Infrastructure System Resilience

Webinar: Lifeline Infrastructure System Resilience – Exploring What Is It and How We Can Implement

Thursday, September 10 at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET | REGISTER HERE
Cost: Free for EERI members | $50 for non-members (PDH hours included upon request)

Lifeline infrastructure system resilience — prior to and following disruptions due to natural or technological hazards — is intimately linked to and supports community resilience. Lifelines are interdependent socio-technical systems vital in the day-to-day operations of our communities and their basic services are essential for community recovery after earthquakes and other extreme events. Lifelines include electric power, gas and liquid fuel, water and wastewater, telecommunication, and multi-modal transportation systems. You will gain an understanding of key concepts needed for lifeline systems to be resilient to earthquakes and other hazards. Functionality and operability will be explored along with the basic lifeline services and their recoveries needed to ensure communities can achieve their resilience objectives. 

Speaker: Craig A. Davis, Ph.D., PE, GE is a consultant on geotechnical, earthquake, and lifeline infrastructure system resilience engineering. In his three-decade-long career at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Water System, Davis worked as the Departmental Chief Resilience Officer, Resilience Program Manager, Seismic Manager, Geotechnical Engineering Manager and Trunk Line Design Manager. Davis has served on many national and international professional committees, including the Building Seismic Safety Council and the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction.

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Subscribing Member Spotlight

Gannett Fleming

GF stackedGannett Fleming is a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology, and construction services for a diverse range of markets and disciplines. Its team of professional engineers and geologists has expertise in performing geologic, seismic hazard, ground motion development, and review services for safety and engineering design for critical infrastructure and facilities, including facility licensing and regulatory compliance. Be it conducting site characterization studies, developing design criteria, evaluating liquefaction hazard potential, or developing seismic inputs for a risk assessment, Gannett Fleming experts are prepared with a solid understanding of the appropriate design guidelines, reference manuals, and criteria. They're motivated to maintain strong technical competence, aligning with the ever-advancing field of seismic hazard, and underpinning Gannett Fleming’s commitment to providing clients with practical and high-quality technical services.

With 2,500 highly qualified professionals across a global network of 60 offices, Gannett Fleming is united and passionated about delivering excellence. Gannett Fleming has played a part in shaping infrastructure and improving communities in more than 65 countries, specializing in transportation, earth science, water, power, geospatial, and facility-related projects. Consistently ranked in the top 10% on Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms list, Gannett Fleming maintains an ISO 9001:2015 certificate.

GeoSIG Ltd

GeoSIGGeoSIG Ltd provides earthquake, seismic, structural, dynamic and static monitoring and measuring solutions. Founded in 1992, GeoSIG is a world leader in design and manufacture of a diverse range of high quality, precision instruments for vibration and earthquake monitoring.

GeoSIG offers solutions for the following applications: Earthquake Early Warning and Rapid Response, Seismic and Earthquake Monitoring and Measuring, Industrial Facility Seismic Monitoring and Shutdown (Nuclear Power Plants, LNG, Coal, Mixed Power Plants, Factories, High Precision Facilities, and )Mines, Structural Health and Response Monitoring (Dams, Bridges, Tunnels, High Rise Buildings, Railways, Pipelines, and Historical and Aging Structures), Structural Analysis and Ambient Vibration Testing, Induced Vibration Monitoring, and Research and Scientific Applications.

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Member Spotlight

Dan Frangopol elected to National Academy of Construction

20190701 FrangopolDan M. Frangopol (M.EERI,1987), the inaugural Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University, has been elected to the National Academy of Construction (NAC). NAC members are selected through a rigorous peer nomination and election process and come from all sectors of the built environment—owners, contractors, designers, government agencies, professional service firms, and academia. 

The mission of NAC “is to select, honor, and recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our industry,” as stated by Tom Sorley, the president of the academy. NAC currently has 326 distinguished leaders from every segment of the engineering and construction industry. Members apply their corporate experience and talent toward enhancing the strength of the industry and well-being of the nation. Read more.

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Online symposium and event series: Understanding Risk British Columbia 2020

Join a group of hundreds of other engaged planners, engineers, policy-makers, researchers, students, and citizens for an online symposium and event series: Understanding Risk British Columbia (URBC) 2020! URBC 2020 offers an amazing mix of online events that foster place-based risk reduction strategies this summer and fall. Each session contributes to reducing risk, enhancing resilience and improving disaster recovery pathways in British Columbia and beyond. Learn more and register here.

With over 20 interactive online workshops and insightful webinars, URBC 2020 will explore:

  • Risk reduction ‘big moves’ to support a resilient 2050 in the Lower Mainland
  • Recent advancements in hazard and risk assessments for our region
  • Coordinated governance of disaster and climate risk management in BC
  • Grounding our resilience through Indigenous approaches to wellness
  • Strategies to reduce Fraser River and coastal flood risk in the Lower Mainland
  • Financial incentives for investing in risk reduction and adaptation
  • Synergies across provincial emergency management and climate risk adaptation strategies strategies

Invitation for Proposals: Retrofit Guidelines for Wood-Framed Buildings with Seismic Deficiencies

The City of Berkeley is seeking an engineering firm to develop step-by-step Framework Guidelines to be used in the seismic retrofit design of potentially vulnerable wood-framed buildings with seismic deficiencies, including insufficient lateral load resisting systems, vertical discontinuities, or irregularities, not addressed under the previously developed guidelines for soft, weak, or open front (SWOF) buildings. The Guidelines will also recommend engineering criteria to be used for the retrofits, and a ranking system for quickly assessing severity of seismic deficiencies. For more information, please contact Galadriel Burr via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 1.

Explore September webinars with Kinemetrics

Kinemetrics logoKinemetrics is pleased to introduce more topics to its weekly webinar series, broadcasting every Wednesday. You'll hear from experts on the latest available technologies and tools, and learn how leading organizations manage earthquakes. Explore the upcoming offerings and register here:

  • September 2: A Deeper Look: Etna2 Network-Centric Accelerograph | Featuring Dennis Pumphrey, Manager of Software Engineering, Kinemetrics | Register here
  • September 9: USArray - Command and Control | Featuring: Dr. Frank Vernon, Bounder Real Time Technologies | Register here
  • September 16: Kinemetrics Digitizers: Operation Range and Applications | Featuring: Dr. Lani Oncescu, General Sales Manager, Kinemetrics | Register here
  • September 23: The Abu Dhabi Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis (ADSHRA): Lessons & Recommendations | Featuring: Mohamed El Idrissi, Director, Kinemetrics S.A. Switzerland | Register here
  • September 30: A Deeper Look: SAFE Reports | Featuring: Dr. Derek Skolnik, Senior Project Manager, Kinemetrics | Register here

2020 Los Angeles Tall Buildings Conference goes virtual

The 2020 Los Angeles Tall Buildings Conference will now go virtual on October 9! The conference will cover a variety of topics related to recent advances in structural design of tall and special buildings. Unique case studies of recent projects will be presented, followed by unveiling of the new Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council Guidelines for analysis and design of tall buildings, and sessions on experimental earthquake engineering, resilient design, and ground motion issues as they relate to structural design of tall buildings. Learn more 

Now accepting submissions: 2020 Blind Prediction Competition

2020 08 15 BPCThe Tokyo Metropolitan Resilience Project, sponsored by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) – Japan, will attempt to measure and classify functionality and the current resilience in a hospital setting by using: (1) a full-scale representation of a complex two-building multi-story hospital with both a fixed and isolated base, (2) various nonstructural components and (3) critical medical equipment. Recently, hospitals have come under scrutiny for their ability to absorb many types of disasters and continue to function with minimal impact. The primary focus of the current experimentation and research is to take a more holistic approach to generate more robust hospital resilience data.

The testing will take place in December 2020, presenting an opportunity to host a multi-phase blind prediction competition. Each phase of the contest will highlight a different challenge: (a) Phase I: Prediction Techniques, and (b) Phase II: Modeling and Verification. Students, researchers, and practicing engineers are encouraged to participate. Learn more about the competition here.

Joint Academia-Industry [email protected] San Diego Workshop

NHERI UCSD[email protected] San Diego is hosting a two half-day workshop on September 21-22, bringing together academic and industry experts in earthquake engineering to discuss research needs that can immediately impact current building codes and standards, and make use of the newly upgraded 6-DOF Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table (LHPOST6). The workshop aims to promote academia-industry relations, and ultimately map the future direction of research and operations at UC San Diego's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center (ESEC).

Your input, in combination with other experts in the field, is essential to pave the future of earthquake engineering research and practice, including the development of the next generation of design codes. Come strategize new ways to solve the grand challenges of earthquake engineering that were not possible before the upgrade of our new one-of-a-kind LHPOST6 facility. Register here.

Award opportunity: The Constellation Prize

The newly launched Constellation Prize is an initiative that seeks to shed light on how engineering can be done to promote new modes of engagement, research, development, and design that elevate the values of environmental protection, social justice, human rights, and peace. The prize recognizes both engineers and thoughtful collaborations between engineers and individuals, communities, and organizations that are striving to promote these ideals. In totality, we seek to create a constellation of people and efforts that can help reimagine what engineering is for.

Nominations are accepted through September 30, 2020, and the winner(s) will be announced later in the fall. In 2020, submissions are limited to US-based engineers and their collaborators. For more information on the award and nomination process, go here.

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