PEER Center Newsletter Subscription Changes

The PEER Center News is available by regular mail and on the Internet. Because of rising costs and the increasing availability of Internet access, beginning summer 2001 international mailings will be limited to recognized libraries and other information centers. If you are an international subscriber and you feel you qualify to receive the mailed paper copy, please contact Parshaw Vaziri at The News will continue to be available to U.S. subscribers. The Internet publication will continue to be available to all, at

UC Extension Spring and Summer Courses for Earthquake Engineers

The UC Extension at Berkeley is offering the following courses of interest to earthquake engineers and those in the related professions:

Introduction to Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering — Troy Swenson,M.S., is a bridge engineer with Imbsen and Associates, Sacramento, and has been a designer with Degenkolb Engineers and an assistant engineer with Biggs Cardosa Associates.

Introduction to Seismicity and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering — Raymond Seed, Ph.D., is professor of geotechnical engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley; Norm Abramson, Ph.D., works in the geosciences division of Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco.

Seismic Rehabilitation for Existing Buildings — Niaz Nazir, Ph.D., P.E., is principal engineer with EQE International in Oakland.

Seismic Design of Timber Structures
— Edward F. Diekmann, M.S.E., formerly president of GFDS Engineers, is retired after many years of design experience. He has been a practicing structural engineer and a consultant to attorneys in construction litigation.

Seismic Design in Masonry Engineering
— Alan Robinson, M.S., S.E., is a principal with Tuan & Robinson, Structural Engineers, in San Francisco. He was previously an associate with SOHA Engineers.

Seismic Analysis Design, and Retrofitting of Bridges — Roy A. Imbsen is president of Imbsen & Associates (IAI) Sacramento. He has 37 years of experience in bridge design and structural engineering and is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise in the seismic design of highway bridges.

Seismic Isolation Design — J.M. Kelly, Ph.D., is professor in the Graduate School, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley. More than 20 years ago he undertook theoretical and experimental research that has led to the acceptance of this new approach to earthquake-resistant design. Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., is director of research and development with John A. Martin & Associates, Los Angeles. He has worked in this field for many years.

Energy Dissipation Systems for the Seismic Design of Buildings — J.M. Kelly and Farzad Naeim (see above).

For more information see the website

WSSPC Annual Conference

The Western States Seismic Policy Council Annual Conference for 2001 will be held Sunday, October 21 – Wednesday October 24 at the Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, California. This year’s theme is “Risk Communication as a Means of Creating Greater Public Awareness and Action.” For more information visit website

ASCE and FEMA Make Seismic Rehabilitation Pre-standard and Commentary (FEMA 356) and Global Topics Report (FEMA 357) Available

March 13—Reston, Va. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has completed a project to update and convert FEMA 273 — NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings, and the related FEMA 274 NEHRP Commentary, into a mandatory language pre-standard, FEMA 356—Pre-standard and Commentary for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings. FEMA 356 is now available for use. The completion of the pre-standard is the first step in turning FEMA 356 into an ASCE/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved national consensus standard. In the process, recent research results and technical advancements have been incorporated into the pre-standard when deemed appropriate by the project team and approved by the ASCE Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation.

Users of FEMA 356 need to be aware that the ASCE Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings have unanimously voted to accept this pre-standard as the basis of a voluntary consensus standard, which, upon its completion, will be suitable for reference by building codes and inclusion in contracts. In early 2001, the Standards Committee will begin committee balloting on the document to be followed by an open public ballot period. The process that the Standards Committee will follow will be in accordance with the ASCE Rules for Standards Committees. The Rules have been approved by the ASCE Board of Direction and by ANSI. A copy of these Rules may be found in the ASCE Official Register.

ATC-32-1 Available on CD-ROM

The ATC-32-1 report, Improved Seismic Design Criteria for California Bridges: Resource Document is now available on a CD-ROM version in fully indexed PDF format. Written for practicing design engineers and researchers, this 365-page report is intended to serve as a companion document to the ATC-32 report, Improved Seismic Design Criteria for California Bridges: Provisional Recommendations, which was funded by the California Department of Transportation and published by ATC in 1996. The ATC-32-1 CD-ROM documents pertinent background material and the technical basis for the recommendations provided in ATC-32, including potential recommendations that showed some promise but were not adopted.

Call for Papers

International Conference on High Performance Structures and Composites (HPSC 2002) Location: Seville, Spain Abstract deadline: 19 June 2001 Conference date: 1113 March 2002 Organized by Wessex Institute of Technology, UK Contact: Conference Secretariat, HPSC 2002 Email: Website: http//

Seventh International Conference on Shock and Impact (SUSI 2002) Location: Montreal, Canada Abstract deadline: 21 August 2001 Conference date: 2729 May 2002 Organized by: Wessex Institute of Technology, UK Contact: Conference Secretariat, SUSI 2002 Email: Website: http//