Semm Seminar: From Performance-Based Engineering to Urban Resilience

Seminar | October 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Gregory Deierlein, Stanford University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Performance-based earthquake engineering has matured over the past twenty years from a con-ceptual framework into a formal methodology that can enable quantitative assessment of the seismic risks to buildings and infrastructure. Enabled by advanced computational technologies, performance-based methods provide for more transparent design and decision making that takes advantage of the latest research in characterizing earthquake ground motion hazards, simulating structural behavior, and assessing earthquake damage and its consequences. Per-formance-based approaches are facilitating the design of innovative structures and influencing building code requirements and public policies for earthquake safety. Continued developments to extend performance-based engineering to city-scale simulations provide emerging opportuni-ties to engage urban planners, public officials, and other stakeholders in developing strategies to avoid and mitigate risks and improve resilience to earthquakes and other natural hazards. Ex-amples include new technologies to enable high-resolution earthquake scenario studies and earthquake policy initiatives in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 All Audiences


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