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Vision 2020: An Open Space Technology Workshop on the Future of Earthquake Engineering Report

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Vision 2020: An Open Space Technology Workshop on the Future of Earthquake Engineering Report

The Vision 2020: An Open Space Technology Workshop on the Future of Earthquake Engineering report is now available. The workshop, which took place January 25-26, 2010, in St. Louis, Missouri was organized to formulate a vision of where earthquake engineering research needs to be in 2020 going forward through direct engagement of the majority of the earthquake engineering community. NSF supported the workshop through CMMI awards #1004951 and #095767 and the event was held in partnership with NEEScomm.

The primary goal of the workshop was to chart the principal new directions in earthquake engineering research practice, education and outreach to be adopted by the earthquake engineering community in the next 10 years. As part of the process, participants were asked to reflect on the role of the current NSF NEES facilities in meeting the research needs of the earthquake community and identify what new facilities would encourage rapid progress in new directions.

The participants acknowledged seven directions in earthquake engineering research where significant progress could be made by 2020. These include:

  • metrics to quantify resilience
  • hazard awareness and risk communication
  • renewal of existing structures and infrastructure
  • new materials , elements and systems
  • monitoring and assessing resilience
  • simulating resilience of systems
  • implementation and technology transfer

The next 10 years are crucial for evolution of this engineering discipline. We encourage you to read the report.