SPA’s Keith Porter and Charles Scawthorn lead a session at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach CA, which offered lessons for emergency managers and local governments drawn from a hypothetical Mw 7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault in the
SPA’s Charles Scawthorn gave an invited talk at NIST in January 2016 on the topic of fire following earthquake. Dr. Scawthorn’s talk emphasized the following points: Fire following earthquake is a significant problem in the seismic portions of the US,
On November 5, 2015, SPA’s Keith Porter gave the concluding plenary presentation to the 2015 SEAOSC Summit Strengthening Our Cities. The presentation, entitled Dollars, deaths, and downtime: understand your building’s seismic risk and how to evaluate it, summarized for building owners and managers
On October 25, 2015, SPA’s Keith Porter moderated a session in an Understanding Risk symposium on the subject of citizen science and natural-hazard risk and how to crowdsource natural-hazard risk modeling. See the ignite presentation here.
On October 13, 2015, SPA’s Charles Scawthorn attended an organizing meeting of GADRI held at Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Uji, Japan. GADRI is a new alliance of over 50 DRI’s around the world, who are organizing to
On October 6, 2015, SPA’s Keith Porter spoke at SEAONC’s October Dinner Meeting, presenting a talk entitled Lessons of the HayWired Scenario: Performance of New Buildings, Public Expectations, and 3-D Ground-Motion Maps. He made the case that (1) current life-safety design
As part of the Haywired project for the USGS, SPA’s Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter organized a Workshop on Oct. 29 in Berkeley California. The Workshop was co-sponsored by the USGS, UC Berkeley’s Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, the
A magnitude Mw 6.0 affected the northern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area at 3:20 AM on 24 August 2014. SPA’s Charles Scawthorn visited the affected region, examined buildings and lifelines, spoke with fire departments, utility operators, and others.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approve the Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Ordinance
The ordinance grew out of the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety, which SPA’s Charlie Scawthorn helped to lead, and the soft story portion of the study, for which Keith Porter performed the risk analyses. The ordinance requires the evaluation