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Seminars and Webinars

A collection of upcoming and archived professional development resources related to NEES online and live seminars

In this section you will find lists of webinars that have been previously hosted and archived on NEEShub or on the web pages of the NEES equipment sites. The webinars are arranged into Research and Practice, Facility Capabilities and Training

seminars_and_webinarsThe NEES community continually hosts seminars of interest to practicing professionals, researchers, their graduate students others in higher-education.  Others interested in learning in general information about NEES and what it does are encouraged to visit NEESacademy for students.

The "Research to Practice" series, hosted by NEES and EERI, is available here.  This collection of webinars, Powerpoint presentations and related materials is intended to teach civil and geotechnical engineering professionals how to incorporate the findings of NEES-R projects into their daily practice.

Archived Webinars
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Research and Practice
Title Topics
Joyner Memorial Lecture 2012: Building Near Faults Designing facilities very near active faults presents unique challenges that require an interdisciplinary approach. Sound engineering and earth science principles can be employed to address the hazards associated with surface fault rupture and near-fault ground shaking. Robust procedures exist for evaluating the consequences of permanent and transient ground movements. Whereas their use in designing systems to accommodate ground movements due to a variety of phenomena is widely accepted, their use in areas containing surface traces of active faults is often questioned, even when the anticipated ground movements are minimal. Active faults cannot always be avoided, nor should they be avoided when their hazard is far less than other hazards. We can live with the earth's faults.
NEEShub Databases and Tools: Resources for Earthquake Engineering Practice The NEEShub Databases ( contain spreadsheet-style data from the NEES Project Warehouse and from external data sources that are vetted by professional communities and connected to their original sources. Existing and planned databases will be a primary focus of the webinar. Currently there are nine databases available through NEEShub, ranging from earthquake reconnaissance information to data from journal articles. Partnerships with the American Concrete Institute and the Journal of Earthquake Engineering have provided a platform for authors to share the data plotted in figures in published manuscripts. Modeling parameters may be verified or developed based on information in Databases such as: the SAC Steel Project Database, the Shear Wall Database, the Shear Wave Velocity Database, and the Structural Control Database. Databases planned for the near future will publish data from ACI technical committees.
Assessment of Seismic Performance of Masonry-Infilled Reinforced Concrete Frames webinar Reinforced concrete and steel frame structures sometimes include unreinforced masonry infill walls as interior and exterior partitions. Such construction can be found in many old buildings in the western United States, such as pre-1930’s buildings in California, and is still being used for newer buildings in the midwestern and eastern parts of the country. Even though unreinforced masonry infill walls are usually considered as non-structural elements, they interact with the bounding frames when subjected to earthquake loads. This interaction may result in unintended failure mechanisms, such as shear failures of reinforced concrete (RC) columns and the crushing of the masonry infill. The seismic performance and safety of infilled frames have received much attention because of their mixed performance in past earthquakes. The lateral load resistance of an infilled frame highly depends on the frame-wall interaction and the specific failure mechanism that may result. This presents a major challenge for the performance assessment of these structures.
Seismic Design Methodology for Precast Concrete Floor Diaphragms webinar Precast concrete structures are cost-effective and durable systems that are rapidly erected and can accommodate long floor spans within a shallow profile. However, poor performance of precast floor diaphragms in recent earthquakes has limited the widespread use of precast construction. Reliable designs and details for the precast floor diaphragms are required for these systems to open up their use to a wider market.
Improving the Seismic Performance of Concentrically Braced Frames: Proposed Design and Analysis Procedures webinar "Improving the Seismic Performance of Concentrically Braced Frames: Proposed Design and Analysis Procedures" was the fourth in a series of Research to Practice Webinars co-produced by the Network for Earthquake Engineering (NEES) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). The webinar took place on February 15, 2012. (video and PDF files)

NEEShub Data Upload Tools Webinar This NEEShub Boot Camp Webinar took place on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM (EST) and demonstrated how two tools, the Project Editor and PEN, can be used for uploading, downloading, manipulating, and modifying data in the NEEShub Project Warehouse. The webinar was aimed at Graduate Students, Researchers, and NEES PIs interested in learning more about the NEEShub Data Management Tools. (video file)

Shear-wave Velocity Profiling and Its Importance to Seismic Design webinar In this presentation, Professor Ken Stokoe, University of Texas, Austin and Ivan G. Wong, Principal Seismologist, URS Corporation will discuss the importance of shear-wave velocity profiling in seismic design, its uses, misuses and uncertainties. Case histories will be used to illustrate shear-wave profiling with the SASW method and to show uses of Vs data in a range of seismic design applications. (video file)

Lessons from Chile: Impacts on Earthquake Engineering of Concrete Buildings in the U.S. webinar This webinar, recorded July 15, 2011, focuses on the performance of mid-rise concrete buildings through review of test results, changes to the Chilean building code resulting from new knowledge, and implications for U.S. codes and standards. (video file, PDF of slides)

NEESwood Webinar video NEESwood Webinar recording, Jaunary 2011 - By John Willem van de Lindt (video file)
Nanotechnology of Concrete: A Key Step in the Development of Sustainable Construction Development of new equipment using synchrotron radiation to characterize the nano and microstructure of cement paste and concrete exposed to aggressive environments. (video and PDF File)
Integrated Project Delivery Spawns Innovation – A Case Study This presentation uses the University of California San Francisco’s Regeneration Medicine Building (RMB) as a case study to provide a real world example of how value was increased and design enhanced through the application of the IPD Principles. (video and PDF Files)
Briefing on New Zealand Canterbury (Darfield) Earthquake A briefing on the Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquake of September 3, 2010. (videos and PDF file)
Nature and the Tall Building Safe, efficient structural forms are abundant in nature. The challenge, however, is to mathematically describe these forms and to derive behavior that is adaptable to constructible, cost effective building solutions. (video and PDF File)
Félix Candela: Strength and Elegance in Structural Engineering This presentation presents a detailed examination of Candela’s greatest works through a structural engineering lens. (videos and PDF file)
Chile EERI/PEER Reconnaissance Briefing at UC Berkeley Chile EERI/PEER Reconnaissance Briefing (video and PDF File)
Recent developments in BuildingTcl to assist in modeling, analysis and assessment of seismic response response using OpenSees An overview of the use of BuildingTcl to streamline and simplify the seismic analysis of building systems using OpenSees. (videos and PDF file)
Damage Resistant Braced Frames with Controlled Rocking and Energy Dissipating Fuses PEER/UC Berkeley Seminar by Professor Greg Deierlein (video and PDF file)
NEESwood Capstone Seminar (2010) Outcomes of the 2010 Capstone NEESwood test: A six-story light woodframe condominium (PPT slides only)
Overview of Recently Completed Research Projects in the Large-Scale Structures Laboratory (2009) Two PowerPoint presentations accompanied by videos of four tests summarize recent experiemental research at NEES@Reno
State of the Art of Shaking Table Tests of Wood Buildings in Japan (2006) Dr. Hiroshi Isoda presents an overview of shake table testing of wood structures in Japan over the last decade
Seismic Analysis of Woodframe Structures (2006) Dr. Bryan Folz presents a model to predict seismic response of woodframe buildings that has been incorporated into the computer program SAWS (Seismic Analysis of Woodframe Structures)


Facility Capabilities
Title Topics
NEES@Buffalo: Equipment at Buffalo's NEES Equipment Site Collaboration, observation and analysis at the UB equipment site
NEES@Cornell Overview of NEES@Cornell capabilities, things to consider when working on  proposal for this site, cost considerations
NEES@Lehigh: Real-Time Multi-Directional Hybrid Sumulation Seismic Testing Webinar Overview of capabilities, information on developing a proposal for this site, scheduling, budgeting
Grand Opening of the George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) NEES, grand opening 2004


Title Topics
An Introduction to the NEES Equipment Site Scheduling Protocol This webinar, recorded October 17, 2011, is intended to make the NEES community aware of the new scheduling process and aid the community in implementing the protocol. Both new projects and projects that have already been approved (but have not yet entered the lab) will be affected by the protocol. (video file)

Joint NEES@Reno, NEES@Buffalo, NEES&UCSD  Shake Table Workshop (2007) Shake table control, setting up test specimens, instrumentation and data acquisition
UCSB - Field Training Workshop Facility introduction, resources, rates, safety
Utexas - Material for NEESR Proposals Facility introduction, resources, rates, safety
Minnesota - MAST Laboratory Training Programs Facility introduction, resources, rates, safety