Workshop on Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Building Taxonomy

Date and Time: March 3, 2011 (9am – 5pm) and March 4, 2011 (9am – 3pm)
Location: Room 254 (Thursday) and Room 250 (Friday) in Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS Building)

Agenda for GEM Taxonomy Workshop March 3-4, 2011 (pdf file, 430 KB)

A Workshop on Building Taxonomies will be held March 3 and 4, 2011 in Room 254 (Thursday) and Room 250 (Friday) in Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS: Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society). The Workshop is organized by the Global Earthquake Model and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) of UC Berkeley. GEM is a multi-year global project involving dozens of universities and hundreds of researchers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, to develop an Open Source freely available software package for the estimation of earthquake risk (other hazards will follow development of the earthquake model). GEM is headquartered at the University of Pavia (Italy) and is sponsored by a number of national governments and multinational financial companies.

A basic requirement for GEM is a common building typology, or taxonomy. The Workshop will be the first debut of the framework for GEM’s proposed taxonomy, and an opportunity to participate in its development. While the Workshop is a working meeting, there will be keynote talks Thursday morning by Profs. Svetlana Brzev, Randolph Langenbach and Charles Scawthorn, on the development of building systems for the vernacular to post-modernism, a review of existing taxonomies, and the proposed taxonomy. The Workshop is an open meeting, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Charles Scawthorn.