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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 … Continue reading


Successful NEES Grand Challenge Tests on Non-Ductile Beam-Column Joints Experiencing Axial Collapse under Simulated Seismic Loading

The axial collapse potential of existing gravity load designed RC buildings is a great concern during intense seismic events. Wael Hassan, UC Berkeley PhD Candidate, under supervision of Jack Moehle, UC Berkeley Professor and former PEER director is experimentally and … Continue reading


KCET video report “Shake-Up Call” aired on November 13, 2008

Episode 108: Shake-Up Call Correspondent Vince Gonzales Produced by: Karen Foshay; Edited by: Alberto Arce; Associate Producer: Anne Lilburn November 13, 2008 2:35 PM Some experts are warning it could LA’s ‘Katrina.” There may be dozens, possibly hundreds of buildings … Continue reading


NEES-GC Researchers Receive 2007 SEAONC Award of Merit

BERKELEY, CA, May 2, 2007 — NEES-GC researchers have received a 2007 SEAONC Award of Merit for their work in developing revisions for the new ASCE/SEI 41 standard on seismic rehabilitation of buildings. Read the project summary (Word document – … Continue reading


Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) Receives $3.6 Million NSF NEES Grand Challenge Grant

BERKELEY, CA, December 8, 2006—The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) has been awarded a five-year, $3.6 million NEES Grand Challenge grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the collapse potential of older nonductile concrete buildings during earthquakes. … Continue reading


EERI Announces Concrete Coalition: Major Initiative Aims to Find and Fix Earthquake-Dangerous Buildings

OAKLAND, CA, April 17, 2006 — The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) is sponsoring a major collaborative effort to address the high earthquake risk posed by older concrete buildings in the western US. The effort will help engineers quickly distinguish … Continue reading


Early Research on Nonductile Concrete by PEER

PEER began addressing the risk of nonductile response in the late 1990′s. Some of this work has lead to major advances in understanding seismic response of older hazardous concrete buildings, leading to engineering criteria for building assessment and retrofit, as … Continue reading