March 2nd Lecture on Confined Masonry Building Deficiencies in the 2010 Chile Earthquake

All EERI NC Chapter members are invited to a lecture titled “Confined Masonry Buildings: Design and Construction Deficiencies Observed in the 2010 Maule, Chile Earthquake” by Svetlana Nikolic-Brzev, Ph.D., P.Eng. from the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

This lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 5-6pm (REVISED TIME) at 534 Davis Hall (fifth floor), UC Berkeley.  View Directions


A major earthquake of magnitude 8.8 shook the Maule region in Central Chile on February 27,2010, and caused 521 deaths. The earthquake exposed all types of building structures to severe ground shaking, and provided an opportunity to study their seismic performance. Svetlana visited Chile in July 2010 as a part of the EERI team with a mandate to document performance of confined masonry buildings in the earthquake. She is going to share key findings of the visit during the presentation and will discuss approaches to prevent design and construction deficiencies observed in the damaged buildings in Chile.

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Svetlana Brzev is a Professor of Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering,
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Vancouver, Canada. She has over 25 years of
combined teaching, research, and consulting experience. Prior to joining BCIT in January 2000,
she was working as a Senior Engineer with Sandwell Engineering in Vancouver on several
seismic retrofit projects related to concrete and masonry buildings and water reservoirs. She
received her B.Eng. and M.A.Sc. degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of
Belgrade, Serbia, and Ph.D. degree in Earthquake Engineering from the Indian Institute of
Technology (formerly University of Roorkee), India. Svetlana served as a Director and Vice
President of the EERI (2001 to 2003), as well as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the World
Housing Encyclopaedia (2000 to 2005).
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