2017 Election Results Announced

The 2017 election came to an end December 8, 2017. Chapter members elected three new Directors at-large and a President-Elect.

We are happy to welcome Mike Mieler, Chiara McKenney, and Curt Haselton to the Board. Mike, Chiara, and Curt were elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two-year term. Current Secretary-Treasurer Dana Brechwald was elected to the position of President-Elect. This is a one-year term, followed by a two-year term as President and one-year term as Past-President

Congratulations to all elected board members and thank you to outgoing Past-President Betsy Matheison and Directors Jeff Bond, Ibbi Amulfti, and Gerry Brady for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Laurie Johnson, Laurence Kornfield, Ayse Hortascu, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2018 Board of Directors here.

2017 Board Elections

It’s time again to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the four (4) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 3 Directors at-large and 1 President-Elect.

The 2017 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 5, 2017.

Election results will be announced by email and in person at the Annual Holiday Party to the membership by Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2016-2017
Board of Directors

2017-2018
Board of Directors

President Sharyl Rabinovici Sharyl Rabinovici
Past-President Betsy Matheison
President-Elect Open
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Dana Brechwald
Director Jeff Bond Open
Director Anne Wein Anne Wein
Director Zahraa Saiyed Zahraa Saiyed
Director Ibbi Amulfti Open
Director Gerry Brady Open
Director John Egan John Egan

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Laurie Johnson, Laurence Kornfield, and Ayse Hortascu for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of President-Elect:

  • Dana Brechwald

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Chiara McKenney
  • Mike Mieler
  • Curt Hasleton

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file)

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at chapterinfo@eerinc.org.

Nov.8 & 9 – Life Safety in the City: when there is more to life than not being crushed


In this distinguished lecture, Dr. Lucy Jones will address the benefits and complexities of organizing resilient cities, risk psychology, and a more resilient role of building codes in the event of natural disasters.
The Resilience by Design program adopted by the city of Los Angeles, to address earthquake vulnerabilities, brought together the earth science, earthquake engineering and public policy professions and worked with hundreds of community organizations to get approval for sweeping seismic resilience legislation. Since their inception, building codes have been based on a principle that safety is the only valid concern of government. The reality of a major earthquake is that the failure of a building impacts the whole community through economic disruption, population decreases, and cascading failures of engineered and social systems. This talk will explore a conceptual framework for creating a building code that reflects the realities of earthquake losses and the social dynamics of shared economic decisions.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lucy Jones
RSVP now for Wednesday, November 8.
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: EPICENTER (Please refer to here for detailed directions)
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members, Attendance limited RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP

RSVP now for Thursday, November 9.
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: East Bay MUD Administration, 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607-4240
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members and EBMUD employees
Attendance limited, RSVP now
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP

About Dr. Lucy Jones:
Dr. Lucy Jones is the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The Big Ones (Doubleday, April 2018) and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. Working with both the public and private sectors, Dr. Jones seeks to increase communities’ ability to adapt and be resilient to the dynamic changes of the world around them. The aim is to understand and communicate where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and what actions can be taken to reduce the risks that are the most cost-effective. Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios.

An Evening with Brian Strong, SF’s Chief Resilience Officer

Please join EERI-NC for refreshments and conviviality while learning more about the present and future of Resilient San Francisco with Brian Strong.  As the Chief Resilience Officer for San Francisco since 2016, Brian is responsible for the implementation of the Resilient San Francisco strategic vision. Brian will introduce himself and his vision for San Francisco’s programs with a focus on earthquake resilience and related activities, followed by questions and open discussion. Part of the Office of the City Administrator, the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning (ORCP) oversees policies, interagency initiatives, and financial strategies that support the integrity and resilience of the City’s infrastructure and the people who rely on it.  We will discuss topics such as capital improvement, soft stories mandatory retrofit works, tall buildings performances, non-structural components retrofit, seawall project, neighborhood business corridors, lifelines and liquefaction.

Mark your calendar and we hope to meet with you on Tuesday, July 18! Please invite colleagues, nonmembers definitely welcome!

 

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: EPICENTER (Please click the link for detailed directions)

Cost:  FREE for EERI NC Chapter members
RSVP/Registration Details: Email chapterinfo@eerinc.org to RSVP by July 10, 2017

 

Guest Speaker: Brian Strong

 

About the Guest Speaker:

As the City’s Chief Resilience Officer and Director of the Office of Resilience and Capital Planning, Brian Strong is responsible for the City’s ten-year Capital Plan, its Capital Budget, and the implementation of the Resilient SF strategic vision. Brian created the City’s first multi-year capital plan in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development and passage of $3.5 billion in G.O. bonds to improve San Francisco’s infrastructure. Brian has implemented a number of innovative resilience programs to protect San Francisco’s infrastructure including the Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response bond program; the nation’s first Sea Level Rise Guidelines; and the first building-by-building HAZUS seismic assessments. Under Brian’s leadership, the Capital Planning Program received the 2011 Good Government Team Award from the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. He also serves as President of the Board for the San Francisco Community Investment Fund that distributes new market tax credits to disadvantaged communities.

 

For more information, please refer to: http://onesanfrancisco.org/resilient-sf

Transbay Transit Center Project Tour

On the tour you will get a unique opportunity to see history in the making. The Transbay Transit Center Project is a visionary transportation project that transforms downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area’s regional transportation system by creating a “Grand Central Station of the West”. The project replaces the former Transbay Terminal at First and Mission Streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight Bay Area counties and the State of California through 11 transit systems: AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Muni, SamTrans, WestCAT Lynx, Amtrak, Paratransit and future High Speed Rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim. Phase one, construction of the Transit Center, has been underway since 2009 and will open to the public for bus service in 2018. The Transit Center is a 1 million square foot inside the 5 story facility with a 5.4 acre city park located on its highest level. The roof top park includes features such as an amphitheater, restaurants, playground, and fountains in addition to a wide variety of natural beauty via signature landscaping design. The park will be accessible by the public from a variety of options ranging from stairs, escalators, and elevators to a gondola on Mission Street and sky bridges from adjacent high rise towers. The cable stay bridge, connecting the bay bridge to the Transit Center’s elevate bus deck level is also a part of phase 1 construction which will provide bus access to the facility. Phase 2, not under construction at this time, will ultimately provide the train service associated tunnels, platforms, and rails which will allow CalTrain and California High Speed Rail to access the station.

Owner: Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA)

Contractor: Webcor Obayashi Joint Venture (WOJV)

Date: Friday. June 23, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: The WOJV Jobsite Trailer complex (175 Beale Street, San Francisco). Enter the gate in the green site fence on the East side of Beale street just to the south of 201 Mission. The gate is identified with general access/visitor entrance signage. Walk up to the deck to your right and then into the conference trailer to your left (look for the A, B, C signage and enter any of those doors).

Cost: Free for EERI NC Chapter Members

RSVP/Registration Details: email chapterinfo@eeri.org to RSVP by June 14, 2017

About the Tour

Your tour host is Webcor Obayashi Joint Venture (WOJV), the General Contractor / Construction Manager on the project. The event will start with a presentation on the project and a 1 hour job site tour. On the walking tour please be aware the project being 4 blocks long will require a great deal of walking and climbing stairs maybe required. For the sake of time, the 1 hour walking tour will include the main spaces on the ground level, bus deck and roof top park all which will open to the public in 2018. The tour will not include the spaces for the future train service which are below ground nor back of house areas.

Preparing for your Visit

Remember to dress for success. Visitors not attired correctly will not be allowed on site for Safety reasons. You will need to provide at minimum for yourself the following:

  • Long pants
  • Shirt or outerwear with a minimum 3” sleeve
  • Work / Hiking boots (ankle covered, thick soled, closed toe, no heel)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

WOJV will provide you with a visitor’s waiver for you to review and sign. Then WOJV will issue you the following PPE (personal protective equipment) for use on your tour. These items should be returned at the completion of your visi.

  • Safety Vest
  • Safety Glasses
  • Safety Gloves
  • Hard Hat

Learn More about the project at:

About the project: http://transbaycenter.org/project/program-overview

Virtual Fly Through: http://transbaycenter.org/interactive

TTC Program Overview (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEf9HNGOAdY

Northern California Chapter Supports the March for Science!

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EERI is Marching for Science!

The March for Science is an organized demonstration of “people who value science, science advocates, science educators, scientists, and concerned citizens” happening in Washington DC and in 425 satellite marches all around the world on Saturday, April 22.

EERI feels that the March for Science is an appropriate place to do our work, and plans to be visible among demonstrators at the Bay Area march in San Francisco with the support of the Northern California Chapter and the EERI Public Policy Committee.

Poster-Making Happy Hour at EERI HQ
EERI staff invites Northern California members to join them the night before for a Poster-making Happy Hour at EERI Headquarters in Oakland on Friday, April 21! RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

See EERI’s official statement and links to resources in the latest edition of the Pulse!

Support your local student chapter!

Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2017 Seismic Design Competition in Portland

It is time to repeat last year’s successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help support students for this year’s EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Three of the Northern California EERI student chapters, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and California State University, Sacramento, are planning to participate in the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Please read on to learn more about two of the teams, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will support the teams that have worked so hard on designing and building the models.

To donate online, go here. Be sure to email Sonya Hollenbeck to specify that your donation should go to the Northern California Chapter Seismic Design Competition.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Samantha Cristol

Cal Seismic Design TeamThe Cal Seismic Design team is an undergraduate cohort dedicated to structural design, analysis, and construction. With a membership of 60 undergraduates spanning a variety of majors, the team acts as the first available resource for any student considering seismic design and innovation. Last year, the UC Berkeley team was awarded the Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation, in addition to placing second overall.

Our team has dedicated an immense amount of time and energy to designing, testing, and improving our entry for the competition, as we prepare to travel to Portland. Our design proposal was in the top nine out of all submissions, and we are looking forward to once again compete on an internal stage.

The UC Berkeley team is looking to raise an additional $1000 of their $22,000 budget, as they are hoping to bring 30 students to Portland this year.

Stanford

Team contact: Sam Schreiber

Stanford Seismic Team Photo_croppedStanford’s diverse, close-knit team includes students from various backgrounds and disciplines, with majors ranging from Civil and Mechanical Engineering to Linguistics. Due to our small size, we can be flexible and accommodate people in whatever tasks they feel best suit them, whether that be hands-on construction work or more administrative roles. We strive to incorporate the ideas of each individual member every step of the way. We expect to be a strong contender this year, and look forward to the coming weeks as we prepare for competition in March. Stanford is looking to raise up to $4500 to cover our competition costs, which will give all interested members the opportunity to attend the competition.

California State University, Sacramento

Team contact: Yanjinlkham Batbayar

teamphotoThe EERI CSUS team is proud to be competing for the second time at the EERI Seismic Design Competition. We are a growing organization at the CSUS campus, comprised of dedicated civil engineering students who are interested in innovation, design, and creation of a functional seismically stable structure. We had many lessons learned from our first competition last year. To prepare ourselves for this year’s seismic design competition, we have invited local and sac state alumni engineers, who had participated in the seismic design competition previously. We have used their guidance to obtain useful tips on how to design and fabricate. The officers of our club have attended the SAP2000 tutorial class to improve their ability to use the program. So far, we have successfully submitted our proposal, material testing has been performed, and we are in the process of continuously working and improving our design to meet the requirements and aesthetics.

Our team consists of 16 undergraduate students who will propose, design, and fabricate a scaled balsa wood model of a high rise structure. CSUS is looking to raise $3000 funding of their $4000 budget for this year’s SDC.

2016 Election Results Announced

The 2016 election came to an end November 14, 2016. Chapter members elected two new Directors at-large.

We are happy to welcome Anne Wein and John Egan to the Board. Anne and John were elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two-year term.

Congratulations to all elected board members and thank you to outgoing Past President Betsy Matheison and Directors Ken Mark and Patricia Grossi for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Marko Schotanus, Heidi Tremayne, Greg Deirlein, and Alan Kropp, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2016 Board of Directors here.

2016 Board Elections

It’s time again to vote for new EERI NC Board Members! Thank you in advance for casting your vote in this election.

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 58 KB)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the two (2) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for 2 Directors at-large.

The 2016 EERI NC Chapter election will only accept ballots submitted online. At the start of the election period, all current EERI NC Chapter members will receive an email with a link to the anonymous members-only online ballot. You must submit your online ballot by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership by Monday, November 21, 2016.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2015-2016
Board of Directors

2016-2017
Board of Directors

President Betsy Mathieson Sharyl Rabinovici
Past-President Betsy Matheison
President-Elect Sharyl Rabinovici
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Dana Brechald
Director Jeff Bond Jeff Bond
Director Patricia Grossi Open
Director Zahraa Saiyed Zahraa Saiyed
Director Ibbi Amulfti Ibbi Amulfti
Director Gerry Brady Gerry Brady
Director Ken Mark Open

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Marko Schotanus, Chair, Heidi Tremayne, Greg Deirlein, and Alan Kropp for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Anne Wein
  • John Egan

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 58 KB)

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact your Chapter Board at chapterinfo@eerinc.org.

Support your local student chapter!

Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2016 Seismic Design Competition

It is time to repeat last year’s successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help support students for this year’s EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Three of the Northern California EERI student chapters, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and San Francisco State University, are planning to participate in the 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Please read on to learn more about two of the teams, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will support the teams that have worked so hard on designing and building the models.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Lillian Fang

Seismic Group PhotoThe Cal Seismic Design Team is a group of highly motivated Engineering students focused on structural design, modeling and analysis. Comprised of around 30 undergraduates, the team is the epicenter of the study and practice of earthquake engineering among undergraduate students at UC Berkeley.

Last year, the UC Berkeley team won third place overall in the competition in Boston, and in 2014, they won second place overall in the competition in Anchorage, recognizing the team’s “understanding of advanced seismic systems and effective use of both analysis modeling and shake table testing.”

Full of energy and excitement, this year’s team has devoted many hours each week to construction, analysis, and testing of their entry and the team is looking forward to representing Berkeley at the competition in their own backyard, San Francisco.

San Francisco State University

Team contact: Stephen Schork

Team Photo With LogoEERI SDC judges have already scored the SFSU team’s proposal somewhere within the top nine. The team started this year’s design process by researching structural optimization, inspired by Alessandro Beghini’s paper published in the ASCE Structures Congress 2015 proceedings. Designs were modeled with SAP2000 to calculate stresses, displacements, accelerations, and resonant frequencies. The team built a full-scale test structure to measure accelerations and observe the performance of the design and construction methods before the competition.

In the remaining few weeks, the team will finish the final structure with high hopes to place well in competition. Any support is much appreciated.

Donations can be made here: gofund.me/2h5dh8zs

EERI NC Chapter and Member Contributions at March Chapter Meeting

In addition to sending a solicitation to our members, the EERI NC Chapter will highlight the Seismic Design Competition and the various local student chapter teams at out Chapter meeting on March 15, 2016. An at-the-door collection from meeting attendees will raise funds to sponsor the teams, and our Chapter will match the proceeds of the collection. The money will be split between the various local student chapter teams.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

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