March 2014 Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Please join your Chapter Colleagues on Tuesday March 25th for a spirited panel discussion on Seismic Rating Systems and their potential impact on community resilience.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm (5:30pm Networking; 6.00pm Program)
Where: ABAG Auditorium, 101 Eighth St, Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter, Oakland, CA (across the street from Lake Merritt BART) (Map)
RSVP: by Monday March 24th. Please RSVP so that we order enough food; however, don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

Seismic rating systems and innovative efforts in commercial retrofit programs


Ibbi Almufti Ibbi Almufti is a structural engineer in the Advanced Technology + Research (AT+R) group in Arup’s San Francisco office. He is the Seismic Skills Network Leader for the America’s Region of Arup. Ibbi has spent much of his time at Arup doing performance-based seismic design and analysis of complex and tall structures using advanced numerical simulation techniques. It is through this approach that he has developed and applied innovative concepts and alternative design strategies to provide “beyond-code” seismic performance. He also focuses on seismic hazard analysis, development of earthquake ground motions for response history analysis, site response analysis, and 3D soil-structure interaction analysis using the “direct” approach. Ibbi’s projects include the 181 Fremont Tower (PBD and geo-seismic analysis), Transbay Tower (geo-seismic analysis), Torre Manacar in Mexico City (PBD), Las Vegas Wheel, Transbay Transit Center (blast), London Aquatics Centre (blast), Landmark Towers in Beirut (PBD), 5th and Columbia Tower in Seattle (PBD), and a Confidential Campus in Silicon Valley which will be the largest base-isolated building in the world when it is completed (PBD and ground motions).
David Bonowitz David Bonowitz is a structural engineer, a 20-year EERI member, and a founding member and former Board member of the Northern California chapter. He is a thought leader on seismic resilience and an expert in the incorporation of engineering standards into earthquake risk reduction policies. David chairs the Existing Buildings committee of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, through which he develops and coordinates building code changes on behalf of the nationwide engineering community. He consults to city, state, and federal agencies and serves on advisory committees for local and national NGOs. David was the 2004 recipient of SEAONC’s Edwin Zacher Award for Outstanding Service to the Structural Engineering Profession and the 2005 recipient of EERI Northern California’s Award for Innovation and Exemplary Practice in Earthquake Risk Reduction. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Structural Engineers Association of California.
th4NFKMGA5 Arrietta Chakos (moderator) is a public policy advisor on urban resilience. She works on community resilience strategies and multi-sectoral engagement. Her work with San Francisco, Palo Alto, and regional institutions, such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, focuses on disaster readiness and community resilience. Arrietta is a member of the Resilience Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences and chairs the Housner Fellow committee at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. She served as research director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project, and was assistant city manager in Berkeley, California, directing innovative risk mitigation initiatives, intergovernmental coordination, and multi-institutional negotiations.

The Existing Buildings Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California is working on the development of a rating approach for seismic performance of buildings. This effort is complemented by the seismic rating work that ARUP has crafted in their REDi publication.

Please join us to see how EERI members are involved in applying technical solutions to real-life community safety challenges.

Register today at:

EERI Northern California Chapter | c/o EERI National | 499 14th Street Suite 320 | Oakland, CA 94612-1934 USA |