COSMOS Successfully Launched

The Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) has now submitted its bylaws as a public-interest nonprofit corporation for earthquake safety with the Secretary of State in Sacramento, California. Through an agreement with the Director of PEER, Professor Jack Moehle, COSMOS has obtained an office and staff at PEER's administrative headquarters at the Richmond Field Station, University of California, Berkeley. (Operating funds have been approved through PEER by work agreements with the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP), Division of Mines and Geology, and the U.S. Geological Survey.)

The present officers are Honorary President George W. Housner, President Bruce A. Bolt, Secretary William U. Savage, Treasurer Chris D. Poland, and Interim Executive Director J. Carl Stepp. In accord with its charter, the core Charter Members are the California Division of Mines and Geology, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

During the SMIP99 Annual Seminar (Wednesday, September 15, Park Plaza Hotel, San Francisco Airport), a two-hour session will be devoted to COSMOS. A reception for COSMOS will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the UCB Faculty Club.

The COSMOS Annual Meeting will take place the following day at PEER. COSMOS Regular Board and Working Committees will be elected during a general meeting of all interested persons and eligible members. Membership fees and COSMOS operating policies will also be discussed.

The launching of this umbrella consortium has been well received by earthquake engineers, emergency planners, and seismologists. COSMOS is now in a position to influence management of the new National Seismic System, recently approved by Congress. A subcommittee of COSMOS has already produced recommended standards for a national repository of strong-motion records.

A descriptive brochure of the COSMOS objectives (see PEER Center News, April 1999) is available on request from
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