Special Lecture on October 7, 2014

Collaborative Leadership in Post‐Disaster Recovery: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand


The Blume Earthquake Engineering Center and the EERI Northern California Chapter are pleased to host the special lecture Collaborative Leadership in Post‐Disaster Recovery: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Date: Tuesday October 7, 2014, 4:30pm.
Location: Tresidder Union, Oak Room West, Stanford University. (Map)

This presentation explores key themes in post-disaster recovery leadership such as articulating a vision, crisis as a leadership crucible, balancing multiple agenda, communicating in recovery and the importance of broad leadership models. These themes are illustrated through a case study of Christchurch’s post-disaster collaborative recovery model (The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team – SCIRT). This model was designed by engineers, community engagement and organizational specialists to meet the massive infrastructure challenges of the Christchurch rebuild. The experiences of SCIRT offer lessons for establishing post-disaster collaborative models that are transferable to other contexts and sectors and offer insights into the prearrangements, skills and relationships that engineers need to build prior to a disaster that will enhance their leadership post-disaster.


Elizabeth McNaughton, Director of Strategy and Governement Relations – New Zealand Red Cross
Elizabeth is experienced in emergency management, risk reduction and recovery, and led the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch recovery programme. In 2012 Elizabeth was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study the leadership challenges faced by those in post-disaster recovery decision-making roles.

Duncan Gibb, General Manager of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT)
In 2013, Duncan was made an honorary Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) and appointed as the 10th Brunel International Lecturer. Since 9 May 2011 Duncan Gibb has been General Manager of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT).

More details at blume.stanford.edu or contact racquelh@stanford.edu

View or download the program flyer (PDF) here.

2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series

Performance Based Design – State of the Practice for Tall Buildings


The 2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series focuses on the State of the Practice for Performance Based Seismic Design (PBD) of Tall Buildings. For the last decade engineers in major cities along the West Coast have taken advantage of performance based design concepts to achieve structural designs of tall buildings that are not in strict compliance with the International Building Code prescriptive provisions. These projects reflected cumulative best state-of-the-practice information related to seismology, geotechnology, and structural design to provide the most complete platform for implementing performance based seismic design concepts on major design projects.

The seminar will begin with a history of performance based design and the use of guidelines published by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council (LATBSDC) in conjunction with the building code to form the basis of design for these structures. The focus will then turn to seismological and geotechnical considerations in the development of seismic demands in the form of both response spectra and ground motions for long period structures. This will be followed by a presentation on approaches for the modeling and analysis of these complex structures.

In addition, two case studies will be presented by structural engineers responsible for major tall building projects to demonstrate how the concepts have been put into place on actual structures. Since PBD is new and each project has unique features and challenges, peer review is an important component of the design process, and a talk will present some of the lessons learned from peer reviewers. The final talk will discuss future directions of performance based seismic design, FEMA (ATC) 58, and moving present practice to the next level. The day will conclude with a panel discussion including a representative of a local building department who has been working with the developers and design team to help bring these landmark structures to fruition.

Dates and Locations
Wednesday, October 29: San Francisco, CA
Thursday, November 6: Seattle, WA
Friday, November 7: Los Angeles, CA

Register online or download a registration form for the 2014 EERI Technical Seminar Series at https://eeri.org/cohost/registration/tech-seminar-2014.

View or download the program flyer (PDF) here.

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