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SEAONC April Meeting: Older Concrete Building Seismic Risk  edit    delete

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Description: Nonductile concrete buildings pose one of the greatest seismic safety problems in the world. While engineers generally recognize that proactive steps are needed to address the risk posed by these buildings, mitigation efforts are largely stymied by insufficient knowledge about the scale of the problem, insufficient tools to identify the truly dangerous buildings, high costs of strengthening, and owner resistance to pay for strengthening with uncertain benefits. Fortunately, research, engineering development, and public policy efforts are beginning to show signs of progress. This presentation will report on recent developments along each of these three fronts.

The story begins with the inventory projects of EERI’s Concrete Coalition and NSF’s Grand Challenge Project on Nonductile Concrete Buildings. These inventories have provided engineers, public policy makers, and local citizens with data on the number, size, age, occupancy, and ownership of older concrete buildings in California. Knowledge sometimes provokes action, as has happened recently in the City of Los Angeles and nearby jurisdictions.

The next step is to identify the truly dangerous buildings within the inventory. Research and engineering development are making important advances toward that goal. Laboratory studies have identified the most critical component conditions, computer collapse simulations have identified the conditions that create the highest collapse risk, and new engineering assessment tools will soon enable the worst buildings to be identified with minimal computational effort. The presentation will review each of these developments, illustrating the next generation tools for identifying dangerous existing buildings.

About the Speaker:

The presenter, Jack Moehle, is T.Y. and Margaret Lin Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His main research and teaching interests emphasize reinforced concrete and earthquake engineering. A licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California, Dr. Moehle regularly provides engineering advice and peer review on a variety of project types. He played a leading role in several teams to develop professional guidance and design standards, including Guidelines for Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings (FEMA 273), which has evolved into ASCE 41. Professor Moehle is an Honorary Member of SEAONC and a member of the College of Fellows of SEAOC
When: Tuesday 08 April, 2014 2:30 pm PDT - Tuesday 08 April, 2014 7:30 pm PDT
Where: The City Club, 155 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94104
  1. concrete
  2. Grand Challenge
  3. non-ductile concrete
  4. SEAOC
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