Chapter Happy Hour

July 19th Happy Hour @ Drakes 
Eat, drink, and connect with your EERI colleagues on July 19th at 5:30 for happy hour at Drakes Brewery. There is no program, just an opportunity to see old colleagues and meet new ones.  We’ll be on the back patio with two reserved tables.

Date: Tuesday, July 19th 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7:30
Location: Drake’s Dealership, 2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612

Getting to Drakes
Drakes Brewery is located at 2325 Broadway, in sunny Oakland, California.
By BART: It is a four block walk from the 19th St. Station. Just head North on Broadway.
Driving: There is some street parking in the area.  There are a number of paid lots – the closest structure is located at 2100 Telegraph Ave. between 21st and 22nd.

Communicating Earthquake Risk in 2016

In the United States, the average adult spends 2.8 hours a day on their mobile device – 0.4 hours more than the use of computers. In 2014, the number of global mobile users surpassed those with computers. As information technology evolves, an opportunity to adapt information in communicating risk presents itself. Join the chapter on June 9th as we discuss how technology can be used to communicate risk with a presentation by Ross Stein, cofounder and CEO of Temblor. Temblor is a mobile friendly web application that enables everyone in the United States to learn about their seismic hazard, to determine what most ensures their safety, and to decide what best reduces their risk.

Date Thursday, June 9th 2016
Time 5:30 – 7:15 (5:30 Networking; 6:00 Program)
Location The EPICENTER, 245 Third street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
RSVP by Wednesday June 1st. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

RSteinDr. Ross Stein is the cofounder and CEO of Temblor a tech company providing a personal, immediate, and credible source of seismic risk understanding and solutions for everyone. Ross is an appointed member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Resilient America Roundtable. Before cofounding Temblor, Dr. Stein cofounded the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, a public-private partnership building the world’s first global seismic risk model. After completing his PhD in Geology at Stanford University, Dr. Stein spent over 30 years with the US Geological Survey.

Check out the free webapp at and bring your thoughts to the next chapter meeting!

Please note that EERI-NC does not endorse any commercial products, rather, supports conversations around tools, research and communication of risk and resilience to advocate for members’ earthquake engineering knowledge. 


Chapter Discussion: Vulnerable Concrete Buildings

Concrete buildings with known design flaws continue to be responsible for a large percentage of earthquake fatalities.  The 2011 Christchurch earthquake and recent Kaohsiung, Taiwan event highlight devastating failures of deficient concrete buildings.  The EERI community is aware of the risk these structures pose and research projects have been undertaken to characterize the risk.  The City of Los Angeles over the past two years has adopted the most aggressive policy for concrete buildings in the state.  Are similar policies needed in the Bay Area?  Come join the conversation!

Date: Tuesday, March 15th 2016
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 (6:00 Networking; 6:15 Program)
Location: The Association of Bay Area Governments Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA, 94607
RSVP: Email by Wednesday March 9th. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!


Student Chapters from Northern California universities will join the meeting and share their progress for the upcoming Annual Meeting Seismic Design Competition.  Following their presentations Bill Holmes will provide a short talk to activate discussion around concrete building policy.  We hope to have EERI Northern California members currently in Taiwan at the meeting to provide commentary on their recent reconnaissance, as well as members who have been active in EERI’s Concrete Coalition initiative.

December 2nd 2015 Holiday and Awards Party!

Join your Chapter colleagues as we celebrate the holiday season and toast to the successful end of 2015!

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (awards ceremony at 6:30pm)
Venue & Directions: ARUP, 560 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please check in at the lobby with an EERI volunteer when you arrive. (Map)

Please bring your friends and colleagues to celebrate a year’s worth of exiting Chapter activities! Non-members can attend guilt-free — we welcome all earthquake professionals to our party! There will be plenty of appetizers and drinks for all to enjoy.

Please RSVP by Tuesday November 24th to expedite your entry through building security, but don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

Nov. 19, EERI Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Robert Olshansky : Cities, Earthquakes, and Time

EERI-NC and The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center  (PEER Center) will host the EERI distinguished lecture by Prof. Robert Olshanksy.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm PST 
Location: Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS), UC Berkeley (Directions)

Speaker: Dr. Robert Olshansky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Who should attend this lecture?

All researchers, engineers, students, city planners, and others interested in earthquake engineering are encouraged to attend. Consulting firms are encouraged to host this lecture in your office.

How can I attend this lecture?

  • Attend in person at Room 250, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS), University of California, Berkeley (Directions)
  • Watch remotely via Webcast live at 3:30 pm on November 19, 2015. Access at the day of the event (link active from 3:30pm-4:30pm).
  • A video of this presentation will be archived on PEER’s YouTube Account for viewing after the event.
  • The reception is after the talk at the PEER headquarters, room 325 Davis hall, (4:30pm to 5:30pm).


Dr. Robert Olshansky, Professor and Head at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as EERI’s 2015 Distinguished Lecturer. Dr. Olshanksy’s lecture, titled “Cities, Earthquakes, and Time”, examines the relationships of earthquakes to time and the policy implications thereof. The EERI Distinguished Lecture Award is given to members of the EERI Institute to recognize and encourage communication of outstanding professional contributions of major importance for earthquake hazard mitigation.

Speaker Bio


Dr. Olshansky has a BS degree in geology from Caltech, and MCP and PhD degrees in city planning and environmental planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to his academic career, he managed a geotechnical engineering firm in the San Francisco Bay area, and he worked with an environmental research institute in Anchorage, Alaska.

Olshansky’s research and 25 years of teaching cover land use and environmental planning, with an emphasis on planning for natural hazards. Professor Olshansky has studied recovery planning and management after several major disasters. For over a decade, he and colleagues researched the recovery process following the Kobe, Japan earthquake of 1995, and he spent the 2004-05 and 2012-13 academic years as a Visiting Professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University. He researched and advised the post-Katrina planning process in New Orleans, and his book, Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans, co-authored with Laurie Johnson, was published by APA Press in April 2010. He and collaborators have researched disaster recovery in Sichuan Province, China; Tamil Nadu, India; Indonesia; and Niigata Prefecture and Tohoku, Japan. He is currently working on a variety of publications to synthesize common lessons and themes of community-scale recovery following large disasters around the world. He has also published on landslide policy, hillside development planning, seismic hazard mitigation policy, and environmental impact assessment.



Soil-Structure Interaction Analysis and Applications in Modeling Deep Foundations and Tunnels

The presentation will highlight soil-structure-interaction (SSi) analysis techniques and their application in modeling geo-structure systems of practical significance in earthquake engineering. Applications in modeling deep bridge foundations and tunnels and the computation of effective input motions (kinematic interaction) for seismic analysis are presented. Relevant aspects from case studies associated with recent projects (San Francisco Bay Area and internationally) will be highlighted.

Date: Thursday, October 1st 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 (5:30 Networking; 6:00 Program)
Location: The EPICENTER, 245 Third street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
RSVP: by Wednesday September 23rd. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

Donikian-8.27.15Mr. Roupen Donikian is a Senior Engineering Manager at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and currently serves in the capacity of a Technical Specialist in Earthquake Engineering in the Geotechnical and Tunneling Group. He has more than 35 years experience in structural engineering, applied mechanics, and earthquake engineering. He has worked on major bridge and tunneling projects nationally and internationally, including the Doyle Drive Replacement, MUNI Central Subway, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Replacement, BART underground stations seismic evaluation and retrofit, and the seismic retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael and San Mateo-Hayward Bridge projects in the Bay Area.  Roupen’s expertise includes: numerical modeling and analysis of large-scale structures; soil-structure interaction (SSI) analysis; structural stability analysis; and modeling & analysis of deep foundations.  Roupen holds an MEng degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Northrop University.

Napa Earthquake & Winery Field Trip


Join us for a full day tour of Napa Valley on Saturday, August 22nd – one year after the M6.0 South Napa Earthquake.  We’ll explore the geology of the region (and how it affects the flavor of the wines), fault rupture, wine barrel damage and repair, warehouse damage, and end in downtown Napa. Don’t worry, we’ll also build in time to taste Napa’s wine.  A detailed itinerary for the day is included here.

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2015
Time: 9:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Bus pickup – Ashby BART, Field trip sites listed below.
Cost: $75
RSVP/Registration Details: email to RSVP, only 3 spots remain.

Field Trip Sites:
We are arranging for a charter bus to pick up and drop off at the Ashby BART Station in Berkeley.

  • Saintsbury Winery – We’ll hear about the geology of the Napa region and see the surface fault rupture.
  • Napa Barrel Care – We’ll visit a warehouse that experienced both structural and barrel damage in the earthquake.
  • Downtown Napa – We’ll finish of downtown and hear from those who have been involved in the reconnaissance and recovery efforts in Napa.
  • Artesa Vineyards & Winery – We’ll cap the day at Artesa which offers gorgeous views of Napa Valley.  We’ll have an opportunity to reflect on the day, and for those who are interested, taste wine from the region. (Note: Wine tasting may not be included in the registration cost.  We are working hard to secure a reasonable deal and balance the transportation costs.  The additional cost would be ~$20 extra to taste at Artesa)

RSVP to to reserve your spot. Priority will be given to EERI members and one guest, but if additional space is available additional guest will be welcomed to join. Only 3 seats remain (as of the evening of 8/11), so RSVP ASAP.

Hayward Fault Tour!

The Hayward Fault Earthquake Tour starts behind the Fremont Community Center and takes a walk through Central Park to see evidence of movement.  Go over the scientific reason for earthquakes especially in the bay area.  Tour is 1.5 hours long and we take a mile loop.

Where:       Fremont, Central Park (meet at the Earthquake Exhibit)
When:        June 6,  June 27,  July 18,  August 15 2015
                Sat.  9:30 AM-11 AM

Instructor:  Joyce R. Blueford, Ph.D. Geologist
Cost:          $15 per person (recommended for adults and over 9 years olds
Sponsored by City of Fremont and Math Science Nucleus

More information

Questions:  email Joyce at:

2015 Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference

2015 Second Annual Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference (BAEM) – “Preparing for the Unforeseen”

DATE: Thurs., July 30, 2015
TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)
PLACE: Genentech Event Center, 1000 Grandview Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080
COST: $95.00 + $3.37

Organizers: Gregory Jones, Genentech & Jeff Hamilton, Nexis Preparedness Systems/Firestorm

Tickets and event information can be found at:

Based on last year’s success we are presenting the second annual Bay Area Emergency Managers Conference (BAEM 2015). This is your chance to:

  • Share best practices and success stories on Business Continuity Management Systems and Crisis Management.
  • Collaborate with your counterparts in the San Francisco Bay Area on their experiences and methodology
  • Gain insight into the latest trends and best practices
  • Return to your organization with an eye on alignment, integration and continuous improvement


Who should attend?


  • Emergency Managers
  • EH&S Managers
  • Business Continuity Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Security Managers
  • Operations Managers
The conference fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.


Let’s Talk Insurance! With Amy Bach from United Policyholders

Join us for another interactive discussion following our very successful April event on Earthquake Risk Mitigation, A Bridge Between Policy and Engineering. This time we have invited Amy Bach, the Executive Director of United Policyholders to talk to our members about earthquake insurance from the consumer perspective. Amy will give us a broad overview of various resources and initiatives that UP is involved in, giving us a good insight into their work both here and in the other states where they are involved in post-disaster insurance, delving more deeply into how UP has been assisting renters, home and business owners in California to be thoughtful and realistic about quake damage.

Please complete this survey to help us structure the interactive session even if you are unable to attend the meeting!

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: EPICENTER, 245 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: FREE for EERI NC Chapter members
RSVP/Registration Details: email to RSVP by June 12, 2015
AmyBach_UPSpeaker: Amy Bach, Executive Director
Amy Bach has been a professional advocate for insurance consumers (policyholders), since 1984 and an attorney since 1989. A native of Brooklyn, New York residing in San Francisco, she co- founded United Policyholders in 1991. She currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director and spokesperson; shaping and overseeing the Roadmap to Recovery™, Roadmap to Preparedness, and Advocacy and Action programs. She is a nationally recognized expert on insurance claim and legal matters, and the author of numerous publications including “The Disaster Recovery Handbook” and consumer tips and guides in the UP Claim Help Library.

United Policyholders (UP) is a non-profit that was founded and operates in the Bay Area. Their mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.

To find more information, visit the UP website:

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