Congratulations to Balaji Paramasivam

Balaji successfully defended his doctoral dissertation entitled: "Influence of traditional and innovative liquefaction mitigation strategies on the performance fo soil-structure systems, considering soil heterogeneity". Congratulaions, Balaji! We will post his dissertation here when the final version is available. 

Presentations and Papers at 11th National Conference in Earthquake Engineering

Current and past members of our group were well-represented at the 11NCEE, held in LA in June 2018. 

 Samantha Grey, M.S. student; D. Jared DeBock, Ph.D., 2013, now Assistant Professor at Chico State; Siamak Sattar, Ph.D. 2012, now Research Structural Engineer at the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program at NIST; Abbie Robert Chase, Ph.D. Candidate; Yolanda LIn, M.S. graduate & recent Ph.D. from Cornell University; and Dustin Cook Ph.D. Candidate

Samantha Grey, M.S. student; D. Jared DeBock, Ph.D., 2013, now Assistant Professor at Chico State; Siamak Sattar, Ph.D. 2012, now Research Structural Engineer at the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program at NIST; Abbie Robert Chase, Ph.D. Candidate; Yolanda LIn, M.S. graduate & recent Ph.D. from Cornell University; and Dustin Cook Ph.D. Candidate

 Robert Chase, at his presentation at 11NCEE

Robert Chase, at his presentation at 11NCEE

SEISMIC PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT OF HSR BRIDGES THROUGH STRUCTURAL SIMULATION AND TESTING (work of Mohammad Salehi and others) 

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QUANTIFYING IMPROVEMENTS IN SEISMIC PERFORMANCE POSSIBLE THROUGH RETROFIT OF RC FRAMES (work of Cody Harrington and others) 

TORSIONAL IRREGULARITY AS A COLLAPSE INDICATOR FOR OLDER CONCRETE BUILDINGS (work of Travis Marcilla and others) 

We were also happy to support the efforts of the CU undergraduate seismic design team. 

 CU undergraduate seismic design team. Excellent work! 

CU undergraduate seismic design team. Excellent work! 

 A group of us celebrating CU's strong presence at the conference. Go Buffs!

A group of us celebrating CU's strong presence at the conference. Go Buffs!

 

 

Predicting Liquefaction-Induced Settlement and Tilt of Buildings

Zach Bullock has produced two models relevant to liquefaction consequences. One predicts settlements of shallow-founded structures, considering soil, foundation and structural properties.  The other predicts tilt (or permanent rotation) of mat-founded structures. Both models are fully probabilistic. 

Check out these resources to get started: 

1) the manuscript describing the settlement model ("A physics-informed semi-empirical probabilistic model for the settlement of shallow-founded structures on liquefiable ground"), published in Geotechnique 

2)  the manuscript describing the tilt model ("Probabilistic Models for Residual and Peak Transient Tilt of Mat-Founded Structures on Liquefiable Soils"), recently accepted by the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

3) a spreadsheet for implementing both settlement and tilt models. 

Details about the numerical simulations of soil-foundation-structure interaction on liquefiable ground that partially underlay the models is in a paper available from Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. 

 

Remembering a mentor

I have had amazing mentors in my life. One of the most influential - Professor David Billington.

Check out this story (https://www.princeton.edu/news/2018/04/05/david-billington-scholar-structural-art-dies-90) about his legacy. 

Presentations at Structures Congress

Our group made a number of presentations at the 2018 Structures Congress in Fort Worth, Texas. 

These include: Jakub Valigura "Risk-Based Seismic Loss Assessment for RC Bridges, Accounting for Various Repair Strategies", Mohammad Salehi "Computational and Experimental Seismic Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Sliding-Rocking Bridges", Robert Chase "Damage Accumulation in Sequences of Induced Earthquakes", and Abbie Liel "Evaluation of ASCE 41 for Seismic Retrofit Design" and "Linking Community Participation to Structural Performance in Post Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Programs". 

 Ph.D. Student Robert Chase, making his presentation. 

Ph.D. Student Robert Chase, making his presentation. 

 Ph.D. Student Jakub Valigura, at Structures Congress 2018

Ph.D. Student Jakub Valigura, at Structures Congress 2018

Congratulations, Jenny!

PhD student Jenny Ramirez was awarded the Graduate Teacher Program Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership. This award recognized Jenny's hard work in the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP): "Jenny’s work as Lead for the GTP this year was truly outstanding. Through her own hard work and initiative, she has vastly increased interest and participation in GTP programs by CEAE grad students. She performed an astounding twenty-four Videotape Teaching Consultations for her fellow TAs (Leads are only required to do two, and each VTC requires a good deal of time and energy). Equally impressively, at her own initiative Jenny personally went through the GTP workshop records for several hundred CEAE grad students, figured out which students had done at least five workshops, and then she contacted those students and encouraged them to finish their GTP Certificate in College Teaching. As a result, we’ve seen an increase in the number of grad students from your department at workshops and engaged in the certification process, which not only improves teaching, but also helps them on the job market.  Jenny also created a handbook for incoming and continuing graduate students to help them navigate the graduate program. Throughout the year she was in constant contact with our Lead Coordinators at GTP, figuring out what more she could do, and how she could do it better. We at GTP are so impressed with what she’s been able to do, and so grateful for all her hard work. "

Congratulations, Jenny! Thanks for all that you do! 

 Jenny Ramirez, at the award ceremony. 

Jenny Ramirez, at the award ceremony. 

Graduation & Abbie awarded CEAE Research Development Award

Congratulations to the class of 2018! At the graduation ceremonies, Abbie was also awarded the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Research Development Award, recognizing the efforts of so many in our group. 

 Samantha Grey, M.S. graduate! Great work Sam! 

Samantha Grey, M.S. graduate! Great work Sam! 

 Congratulations to Dr. Erin Arneson! I was delighted to be a part of your PhD journey.       

Congratulations to Dr. Erin Arneson! I was delighted to be a part of your PhD journey. 

 

 

 Tyler Davis, BS/MS Graduate. Congratulations, Tyler! 

Tyler Davis, BS/MS Graduate. Congratulations, Tyler! 

New papers on liquefaction consequences and mitigation

Our group has authored three papers on liquefaction consequences and mitigation that have recently been published. These are: 

Bullock, Zach, Zana Karimi, Shideh Dashti, Keith Porter, Abbie Liel and Kevin Franke, “A Physics-Informed Semi-Empirical Probabilistic Model for the Settlement of Shallow Founded Structures on Liquefiable Ground”, Geotechnique, In Press, 2018.  We will also provide a spreadsheet that assists in doing the calculations for this model. Check back here soon for updates. 

Paramasivam, Balaji, Shideh Dashti and Abbie Liel, “Influence of Prefabricated Vertical Drains on the Seismic Performance of Structures Founded on Liquefiable Soils”, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geeoenvironmental Engineering, In Press, 2018.

Olarte, Juan, Shideh Dashti and Abbie B. Liel, “Effects of Drainage Control on Densification as a Liquefaction Mitigation Technique”, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 110, 212-231, 2018.

Thanks Zach, Balaji and Juan for these excellent works of scholarship! 

Casie presented at the Construction Research Congress

 

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Congratulations to Jenny Ramirez

 

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Congratulations to Amy Javernick-Will!

 

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Recent talks

 

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New paper published on Settlement on Liquefiable ground

 

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Congratulations, Casie!

 

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Introducing... Dr. Juan Olarte

 

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