PEER Annual Meeting

Approximately 300 representatives of industry, academia, and government participated in the PEER Annual Meeting on January 25–26, 2001, at the Marriott City Center Hotel, in Oakland, California. This annual meeting was the first open to the general public. Following the welcome and meeting outline by PEER Director Jack Moehle, Allin Cornell, William Holmes, and Peter May presented focus papers on PEER’s general mission and scope. Five more plenary sessions addressed the research and applications focus of a Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE) program that is central to PEER work: Strong Ground Motion Characterization (J. Stewart, P. Somerville, H. Krawinkler); Structural System Component Characterization (S. Kramer, D. Lehman, S. Mahin, A. Filiatrault); Economic Assessment (R. Zerbe, P. Gordon, M. Comerio, J. Moore II); Structural and Geotechnical Seismic Simulation Modeling (G. Fenves, A. Elgamal, J. Pestana, F. Filippou); and PBEE Needs from Stakeholder Perspectives (N. Abrahamson, C. Comartin, T. Post, C. Roblee, F. Alameddine, and W. Savage). Three poster sessions demonstrating the work of student and faculty researchers provided an opportunity for detailed discussion of current and planned projects.

PEER PBEE Framework Equation

Central to the presentations and poster sessions was the general “PEER-PBEE Framing Equation.”The equation probabilistically addresses decision variables (DV) including such things as costs, injuries or lives lost; damage measures (DM) including such things as displacement and fracture; and intensity measures (IM) including spectra ordinates and duration, to integrate requirements, research, methodologies, and product development.

The meeting closed with a summary of PEER research and outcomes (PEER Deputy Director Greg Deierlein) and a direction that includes complex, real-world test beds, reliable damage and performance measures, accurate seismic modeling and simulation, impact evaluations, and useful risk management decision frameworks. Subject area meetings of PEER researchers followed the general meeting.

Presentations by the key speakers at the annual meeting can be reviewed at the PEER website