2nd U.S.-Japan Workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering for Reinforced Concrete Building Structures

The 2nd U.S.-Japan workshop was held 11–13 September 2000 in Sapporo, Japan. The meeting brought together practicing engineers, engineering seismologists, and researchers to discuss recent developments and needs in performance-based earthquake engineering (a central mission of the PEER Center). The meeting began with a plenary session featuring presentations by Professors Shunsuke Otani (University of Tokyo) and Jack Moehle (PEER) on the development of performance-based regulations in Japan. The U.S. Breakout sessions included “Structural Demand and Response Member,” and “Structural Capacities.” The results were summarized in a final plenary session resulting in far-ranging discussion and final resolutions. An important development of the meeting was focused discussion on building collapse as well as agreements on data sharing and individual collaboration. A third meeting is planned tentatively for fall 2001.


The meeting was organized for the U.S. side by PEER Director Jack Moehle. PEER provides travel funds for all U.S. participants, which include PEER researchers, PEER Business and Industry Partners, and other selected researchers from the U.S. The Japan-side organizer was Professor Toshimi Kabeyasawa of the University of Tokyo.

The First U.S.-Japan Workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering for RC Building Structures was held in September 1999 on Maui. Submitted papers are published in U.S.-Japan Workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Methodology for Reinforced Concrete Building Structures (PEER Report 1999/10; Dec. 1999). Papers submitted for the second workshop will be available in summer 2001.