Orlando Arroyo has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at Universidad de la Sabana, near Bogota Colombia.
Cody Harrington is working in the Truckee office of Gabbart and Woods.
Travis Marcilla is designing modern homes at phStructure.
Congratulations guys! We'll miss you!
Congratulations to Orlando Arroyo, whose paper "Evaluating the Performance of Topologically Optimal RC Moment Frame Buildings using a PBEE Framework" has been accepted by the Journal of Earthquake Engineering. The paper will be available here shortly.
Congratulations are also in order to Juan Olarte and Balaji Paramasivam, whose paper "Centrifuge modeling of Mitigation-soil-foundation-structure interaction on liquefiable ground" has been accepted by the Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. This paper will also be available here shortly.
Finally, Erin Arneson and Derya Deniz's paper "Information Deficits and Post-Disaster Recovery" will shortly be published by ASCE's Natural Hards Review. Good work Erin and Derya!
Cody Harrington successfully defended his thesis ADVANCEMENT OF PERFORMANCE-BASED EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING FOR RC FRAME BUILDINGS: APPLICATION TO RETROFIT DESIGN AND CONSIDERATION OF VERTICAL GROUND MOTIONS on Nov. 15.
Orlando Arroyo defended his thesis at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile on "OPTIMIZACIÓN DEL DISEÑO DE UN EDIFICIO DE PÓRTICOS DE HORMIGÓN ARMADO PARA MINIMIZAR EL DRIFT"
Our paper on this topic is forthcoming in the ACI Structural Journal, co-authored with Curt Haselton, Greg Deierlein and Sarah Taylor-Lange. This paper represents an update version of the relationships in a 2007 PEER Report.
PhD students Sarah Welsh-Huggins is presenting her work at the 5th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering - IALCCE 2016 - in Delft, the Netherlands this week. Her paper is entitled "Is a Stronger Building also Greener? Influence of Seismic Design Decisions on Building Life-Cycle Economic and Environmental Impacts".
A paper coauthored with Derya Deniz (former postdoc), Erin Arneson, Shideh Dashti and Amy Javernick-Will will appear in Natural Hazards and has been published online. We explored the losses experienced in the City of Boulder in the 2013 Floods.
Two papers about reliability-targeted snow loads for roof design are forthcoming in the Journal of Structural Engineering. These cover approaches to determining ground snow loads where historical record is limited and topography is complex, and methods to ensure that roof reliability is consistent across different geographical contexts.
(A complete version of both papers with figures embedded will be available shortly).
Sarah Welsh-Huggins will be participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 28, hosted by CIRES’ Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), exploring the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop.
The workshop, held over three days in the spring in Washington, D.C., connects young scientists with policy-makers for exposure to science advocacy as an integral component of influencing policy. Sarah attended last spring, as the winner of a campus competition for travel support.
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Abbie spoke on " Waiting for the big one: Simulations of infrastructure performance to inform seismic risk decision-making before the next earthquake". Chris McGann of the University of Canterbury was the other speaker in this session.
Building design and performance are increasingly being scrutinised from perspectives of both sustainability and hazard resistance. However, the approaches taken to consider these perspectives are disconnected; green building rating systems do not consider hazard resistance in their assessments, while performance-based engineering methods have tended to neglect consideration of environmental impacts. This study presents a framework to assess a building’s life-cycle performance in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts using probabilistic approaches, considering the possible occurrence of an earthquake or other extreme event. The framework is illustrated through a case study of an office building in Los Angeles, designed with and without different types of vegetated (green) roofs, and at risk from varying earthquake hazard scenarios. The case study results demonstrate trade-offs between upfront building costs, material choices, hazard resistance and environmental impact.
Several of us participated in the 2016 Natural Hazards Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado this week.
Sarah Welsh-Huggins, Ph.D. candidate, organized a panel session entitled Building Pathways to More Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure. We had a great discussion on what it means to build resilient and sustainable infrastructure and communities. Many thanks to the panelists, Jamie Padgett, Sarah Welsh-Huggins, Beth Grote and Greg Guibert.
The panel session also incorporated some artistry depicting our communities of the future.