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New publication posted: Seismic Performance Assessment and Probabilistic Repair Cost Analysis of Precast Concrete Cladding Systems for Multistory Buildings
The Tall Buildings Initiative, coordinated by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center, has just released its Task 7 Report, “Modeling and acceptance criteria for seismic design and analysis of tall buildings.” This report is jointly published by PEER and the Applied Technology Council as PEER/ATC 72-1 ...

Newly released NEHRP Seismic Design Technical Briefs No. 3 and No. 4
The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) has recently released two new technical briefs. These briefs are published by NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as aids to the efficient transfer of NEHRP and other research into practice, with the goal of reducing the nation’s losses from earthquakes...

PEER leads Global Ground Motion Prediction Equations development for GEM
PEER has been selected to lead the Global Ground Motion Prediction Equations (GMPE) Program for Global Earthquake Model (GEM) initiative. This two-year program will build on PEER's expertise gained during the NGA West, NGA West 2 and NGA East programs...

Just Released: 2010 PEER Ground Motion Database – Beta Version
The new 2010 PEER Ground Motion Database Beta Version is now available! The 2010 PGMD Beta Version was created to improve the usefulness of the older database released in 2005 and to provide several major enhancements

EERI has a Post Graduation Internship Position Open
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has one internship available for a recent college graduate interested in gaining valuable relevant professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission...

SEMM Seminar: Nanotechnology of Concrete: A Key Step in the Development of Sustainable Construction
The present status of the cement and concrete industry is not sustainable. The production of Portland cement is responsible for 7% of the CO2 emission in the world and existing reinforced concrete infrastructure is deteriorating at a fast pace...

Testing for the Nonductile Concrete Grand Challenge Project gets media attention
The final concrete beam-column joint in a series of eight, was tested at UC Berkeley on October 14th as a part of the PEER and NEES Grand Challenge project "Mitigation of Collapse Risk in Older Concrete Buildings." The testing was coordinated by Wael Hassan, UC...

OpenSees Upgrades and launch on NEEShub
The OpenSees Development Team has spent the last several months making some improvements to both the functionality of their open source software framework, as well as its accessibility by teaming with the NEEShub...

Request for Proposals: PEER TSRP-2010-01
PEER is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals for the Transportation Systems Research Program (TSRP). The purpose of the PEER Transportation Systems Research Program is to reduce the impacts of earthquakes on California's transportation systems, including highways and bridges, port facilities, high speed rail, and airports.

Nearly 100 users attend OpenSees Days 2010
NEES and PEER hosted OpenSeesDays 2010 at UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station. Over 95 students, researchers, and practitioners attended the two day event held on September 2nd and 3rd. As one attendee stated "I found this workshop so helpful and hope to attend again next year. My understanding of the logic behind OpenSees has greatly increased and my confidence in figuring out my research has greatly grown...

SEMM Seminar: Integrated Project Delivery Spawns Innovation – A Case Study - University of California, Berkeley
The recent trend in the A/E/C Industry is a more integrated way to deliver construction projects, as own-ers recognize the added value of such an approach in both increased quality and reduced cost of their project. This approach, formally known as IPD (Integrated Project Delivery), requires deeper and more comprehensive understand-ing of design and construction issues by all team members...

Winners of PEER/NEES Concrete Column Blind Prediction Contest 2010
During September, PEER organized Blind Prediction Contest for a full-scale reinforced concrete bridge column that was tested on the NEES Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table located at UCSD's Englekirk Structural Engineering Center. More than 50 teams registered for the contest and 41 teams submitted complete entries...

Faculty Positions at Oregon State University
OSU's School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking applicants for several full-time, 9-month, 1.0 FTE, tenure track positions to begin Fall 2011...

RFP from NRC: Earth Pressures on Deep Foundation Walls during Seismic Events
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is soon to release a new Request for Proposals (RFP) entitled, "Earth Pressures on Deep Foundation Walls during Seismic Events". The objectives of this contract will be to assess existing analytical tools and develop recommendations on their appropriate use for calculating soil pressures and structural response of partially to fully embedded nuclear power plants under seismic loading conditions...

Senior Research Fellow Appointment in Mechanical and Civil Engineering at the California Institute of Technology
Applicants are invited for a 3-year Senior Research Fellow (research faculty) appointment in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences...

2010 COSMOS Technical Session "Issues Associated with Applying Conditional Mean Spectra (CMS) to the Selection and Scaling of Design Ground Motions"
The Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will be holding its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Clarion Hotel San Francisco Airport located in Millbrae, California, on Friday, November 19th...

Call for Abstracts: 9th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Auckland, New Zealand, April 14-16, 2011
The PCEE, held by the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) once every four years since 1975, has grown over time to attract earthquake engineers from throughout the Pacific region and further afield. The 9PCEE again promises to be an important forum for the exchange of findings and experiences in mitigating the effects of earthquake and earthquake related hazards around the Pacific Rim...

Faculty Position in Geotechnical Engineering at University of California, Irvine
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in geotechnical engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in geomechanics and good knowledge of the analysis and design of soil-structure systems. Potential areas of research include soil and rock mechanics, geomaterials, slope instabilities, soil structure interactions, liquefaction, and related sensor networks. In addition, candidates with energy and environmental interests such as CO2 sequestration, geothermal energy production, biosolids disposal, and nuclear waste management are encouraged to apply...

Research Opportunities at Tongji University China for Graduate Students applying to NSF East Asia And Pacific Summer Institutes
As a result of the recent call for applicants to the NSF Program: East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI), PEER and Tongji University in Shanghai, China have collaborated to provide some opportunities for graduate students interested in applying to the NSF program...

TESSA 2012: Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas
Santiago, Chile - January 9-11, 2012

Briefing on New Zealand Earthquake: Attend in Person or Watch Via Web
A briefing on the Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquake of September 3, 2010, is being jointly organized by EERI's Learning from Earthquakes Program and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), and co-sponsored GEER.

SSHAC Workshop 1 – Critical Issues and Data Needs
With funding from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and US Department of Energy, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is coordinating a comprehensive multidisciplinary program to develop Next Generation Attenuation Relationships for the Central and Eastern US (NGA-East)...

SEMM Seminar: Félix Candela: Strength and Elegance in Structural Engineering
This seminar is sponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

PEER Interns win awards at NEES REU Young Researcher Symposium
Four of the interns hosted at UC Berkeley for the 2010 PEER Summer Internship Program were also participants in the 2010 NEES REU program. In addition to their participation in the PEER Intern activities, they also were able to attend the NEES REU Orientation in Reno on June 24-26, 2010 and the NEES REU Young Researcher Symposium in Chicago on August 18-19, 2010....

10 undergrads participate in 2010 PEER Summer Internship Program
In the summer of 2010, PEER was pleased to provide ten students the opportunity to participate in the PEER Summer Internship Program. This unexpected wealth of interns, made possible with student funding from various internship programs, provided PEER with a rich, diverse cohort of students based at the UC Berkeley earthquake engineering laboratories. Eighty percent of the students were from historically underrepresented groups in engineering. Students received support and funding ...

PEER sponsors researchers to study Canterbury Earthquake in NZ
PEER is supporting three researchers to study the earthquake damage and societal effects from the recent M7.1 Canterbury earthquake that struck near Christchurch, New Zealand on September 3, 2010.

Call for Abstracts - Performanced-Based Engineering Minisymposium at COMPDYN 2011
3rd International Conference on Computational Dynamics