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Registration Open for EERI Seminar on PEER NGA-West2 Project

Registration is now open at for a new one-day EERI technical seminar, with support from FEMA/Department of Homeland Security, focusing on the PEER NGA-West2 Project.

The seminar dates and locations are:

  • Thursday, November 7, in Salt Lake City;
  • Friday, November 8, in Long Beach;
  • Thursday, November 14, in Seattle; and
  • Friday, November 15, in San Francisco.

Registration fees are $250 for EERI and cosponsor members, $325 for nonmembers, and $125 for EERI student and young professional members.

The seminar brochure PDF ( has details on the program, presenters, venues, and a link to a printable form to register by fax or mail, if preferred.

The PEER NGA-West2 project addresses important ground motion hazard issues including: Updating the popular database of the recorded ground motion, developing new ground motion prediction equations (GMPEs), scaling of response spectra for a wide range of damping values, directivity and directionality of ground motion, and new recommendations for soil amplification factors for building code applications. The project is coordinated by PEER and financially supported by the CEA, Caltrans, and PG&E.

Topics and presenters include an overview of NGA-West2 (Yousef Bozorgnia), the NGA-West2 Database (Tim Ancheta), 2014 U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps (Mark Petersen), and the effects of updates on Building Design (Silvia Mazzoni).

The NGA-West2 findings and the impacts will be of interest to geotechnical, lifeline, and structural engineers; seismologists; engineering geologists; urban planners; insurance professionals; students; risk modelers; and the broader earthquake engineering community.