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.

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 EERI-NC Chapter Award

Patrick Otellini was chosen this year for Northern California EERI Chapter s Individual Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Outstanding Accomplishments in earthquake risk reduction.

Patrick celebrating the passage of the mandatory soft-story retrofit ordinance in San Francisco in 2013.

Patrick was unanimously selected by the 2016 Nominating Committee and Board for his energy and impact working for the City of San Francisco on its earthquake mitigation and resilience programs. Patrick joined the City in 2012, just as the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safetyproject was wrappingup and the new Earthquake Safety Implementation Plan was being launched. Patrick enthusiastically took on leadership during this critical transition time. His vision and formidable political skills contributed to passage of ESIP’s milestone soft-story ordinance. Other successful initiatives followed, including a private school evaluation ordinance, completion of a lifelines study, and a number of topical working groups.

San Francisco’s progress under Patrick’s watch caught the attention of resilience advocates at a global scale. He successful shepherded San Franciscoinbecomingone of the first Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. As part ofthat program, he was selected as the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer. Anyone who knows Patrick can tell he was the perfect choice. An articulate spokesperson and knowledgeable bridge-builder, Patrick significantly raised the visibility of earthquake issues and managed a talented team that made quick, concrete progress. As a result, the Bay Area community is more aware and prepared, with long-lasting ripple effects that have spread throughout the 100RC city network. Patrick recently joined Swinerton to work on other development projects. Congratulations to Patrick and his supportive family as they enter a new chapter in their lives.

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.

2018 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 Secretary/Treasurer.

The 2018 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 Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Election results will be announced by email and in person at the Annual Holiday Party to the membership by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2017-2018
Board of Directors

2018-2019
Board of Directors

President Sharyl Rabinovici Dana Brechwald
Past-President Sharyl Rabinovici
President-Elect Dana Brechwald
Secretary/Treasurer Dana Brechwald Open
Director Chiara McKenney Chiara McKenney
Director Anne Wein Anne Wein
Director Zahraa Saiyed Open
Director Mike Mieler Mike Mieler
Director John Egan Open
Director Curt Haselton Open

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Jeff Bond, David Bonowitz, and Janiele Maffei (Chair) for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of Secretary/Treasurer:

  • Volkan Sevilgen

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Anne McLeod-Husley
  • Bruce Maison
  • Rob Olshansky

Download the  CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file)

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.

2015 Election Results Announced

The 2015 election came to an end early November. Chapter members elected a new President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and five Directors at-large.

We are happy to welcome Patricia Grossi, Zahraa Saiyed, and Ibbi Almufti to the Board. Patricia, Zahraa, and Ibbi were elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two-year term. We also congratulate Directors Jeff Bond and Gerry Brady, who were re-elected to serve a second term as Director at-large.

We are also pleased to announce that Sharyl Rabinovici has been elected to the position of President-Elect.  She will serve as President-Elect for one year before serving a two-year term as President and a one-year term as Past President.  Dana Brechwald was elected to the office of Secretary/Treasurer, a two-year term.

Congratulations to all (re)elected board members and thank you to outgoing Past President Heidi Tremayne, Secretary/Treasurer Marko Schotanus, and Director Laurence Kornfield for your tenure of service to the Chapter.

The board also thanks the nominating committee of Kate Stillwell, Janiele Maffei, Marjorie Greene, and Jack Boatwright, and all voting Chapter members!

See your complete 2015 Board of Directors here.

2015 EERI NC Chapter Awards

This year’s Chapter Awards for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction go to Craig D. Comartin and The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for their Water System Improvement Program.

Craig Comartin has been selected to receive the 2015 Individual Award for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction for his leadership and dedication in creating the Concrete Coalition and to advancing the practice of performance-based engineering.

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Chapter President Betsy Mathieson presents the individual award to Joe Maffei, who accepted the award on behalf of Craig D. Comartin.

Over his forty-year career in structural and earthquake engineering, Craig has made many professional contributions to earthquake risk reduction, his most notable being the creation of the Concrete Coalition.  Since before the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, earthquake engineers recognized the risks posed by non-ductile concrete buildings, but the public remained largely unaware of the risk and effective mitigation programs proved elusive.  Created under Craig’s vision and leadership, the Concrete Coalition has been an effective change agent that has energized the earthquake engineering community to take effective actions and speak with a common voice. In conjunction with his efforts to engage the community, Craig has advocated for and been involved several important projects to develop engineering models to assess and retrofit non-ductile concrete buildings, including an NSF-supported NEES Grand Challenge Project and FEMA-supported ATC projects.  The Concrete Coalition, along with related research and development efforts, have been the enabling catalyst for landmark initiatives by San Francisco, Los Angeles and other communities to develop programs and policies to seismically evaluate and retrofit existing hazardous concrete buildings.

Craig has also been instrumental in developing and implementing modern performance-based approaches to seismic risk mitigation and resilience.  Throughout his career, he has appreciated the important of soil-structure interaction on the seismic design and behavior of structures, and he has continually advocated for incorporating soil-structure interaction in performance-based design.  Craig has correctly believed that soil-structure interaction has a lot to do with the better-than-expected performance of low-rise and shear wall buildings, and his ideas and insights on soil-structure interaction are evident in the first-generation performance-based engineering guidelines (e.g., FEMA 273, ATC-40) continuing into present guidelines (ASCE 41).  Beginning in the late 1990’s when today’s comprehensive performance-based approaches were still being formulated, Craig embraced emerging ideas in seismic risk mitigation projects at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and other organizations to develop campus-wide risk models to help establish building performance criteria and seismic retrofit priorities.  Subsequently, Craig was instrumental in developing the financial loss estimation modules that have been implemented in the FEMA 58 performance-based seismic design guidelines.

Throughout his career, Craig has been a guiding light on innovative approaches to earthquake risk mitigation – providing focus and direction, while selflessly dedicating himself to his profession and the public.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Water System Improvement Program 

One of the Bay Area’s major water sources comes 167 miles from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park to San Francisco and crosses three of the Bay Area’s major faults—the Calaveras, Hayward, and San Andreas faults.  In November, 2002 San Francisco voters approved a $3.6 billion bond measure to upgrade, repair, and replace the aging water infrastructure supplying 2.6 million customers, which include the retail customers in San Francisco as well as 26 wholesale customers that serve Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.  The multi-year capital improvement program, named the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), is one of the largest water infrastructure programs in the nation and now 90% complete.  It has included 83 projects at a total cost of $4.8 billion with upgrades to both the regional and local water systems operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).

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Chapter President Betsy Matheison presents the award to Katie Miller, P.E., and Alan Johanson, two members of the SFPUC team that spearheaded the Water System Improvement Program.

A major part of this program was designing and building seismic resilient facilities that deliver water reliably in the event of a major earthquake within the region, including earthquakes on any one of the three major faults that the regional system crosses.  In doing so, the SFPUC developed performance criteria for system-wide service after earthquakes.  There are short-term (24 hours) and long-term (30 days) levels of service goals for seismic reliability.  Short-term service goals are based on delivering basic service (average winter month delivery) of 215 million gallons per day (MGD) to at least 70% of the turnouts within each customer group within 24 hours after a major earthquake.  And, it is assumed that no significant repairs are performed in the first 24 hours after a major earthquake.  The long-term performance criteria assume that temporary repairs are made within 30 days to restore average day delivery of 300 MGD to customers.  The SFPUC performance criteria were critical for the implementation of hydraulic network modeling to assist system planning, and the integration of project designs and construction management to deliver specific water supply targets.  They serve as an important model the type of system-wide lifeline system performance goals that are needed to support community resilience.

2015 EERI NC Board Elections

It is time 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 108 KB)

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Please complete the online ballot to cast your vote for the seven (7) open positions on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of EERI. The open positions are for President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and 5 Directors at-large.

The 2015 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 Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

Election results will be announced by email to the membership by Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERSHIP STATUS

The following table summarizes the current and future Board positions.

Position

2014-2015
Board of Directors

2015-2016
Board of Directors

President Betsy Mathieson Betsy Mathieson
Past-President Heidi Tremayne
President-Elect Open
Secretary/Treasurer Marko Schotanus Open
Director Jeff Bond Open
Director Sharyl Rabinovici Open
Director Dana Brechwald Open
Director Laurence Kornfield Open
Director Gerry Brady Open
Director Ken Mark Ken Mark

 

CANDIDATES

The Board would like to thank the Nominating Committee consisting of Kate Stillwell, Chair, Marjorie Greene, Janiele Maffei and Jack Boatwright for proposing an excellent slate of Candidates for the Chapter’s consideration.

For the Office of President-Elect:

  • Sharyl Rabinovici

For the Office of Secretary-Treasurer:

  • Dana Brechwald

For the Office of Director at-large:

  • Ibbi Almufti
  • Jeff Bond (incumbent)
  • Gerry Brady (incumbent)
  • Patricia Grossi
  • Zahraa Saiyed

Download the CANDIDATE BIOGRAPHIES & STATEMENTS (pdf file 108 KB)

Questions?

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

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