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PEER-USGS Workshop – HayWired and Building Codes

PEER is partnering with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to co-host this workshop to identify research needs and opportunities arising from the USGS HayWired Scenario’s examination of outcomes of current building code requirements.

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January 17, 2018, 2:30pm – 5pm
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley
Parking: Stadium Parking Structure, 2175 Gayley Road

The HayWired scenario asks, “what if a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake happens on the Hayward Fault starting under Oakland, California, on 4/18/18 at 4:18PM?” In this workshop, participants will discuss how scenarios like HayWired can inform a research agenda for new buildings’ earthquake resilience.

Experts from many disciplines estimated earth-science hazards, engineering impacts, and socioeconomic consequences of a large earthquake on the country’s most urbanized and active fault. Among other products, HayWired estimates outcomes if every Bay Area building met current code requirements before the earthquake occurred, providing a lens through which to view code objectives and options for a more resilient future building stock. Following the presentations, attendees will discuss four questions:

  1. What can a scenario say about building code adequacy that code writers should consider? How does this compare with what communities should consider?
  1. Under what conditions is PBEE a practical resilience option for new buildings? What about increasing design strength and stiffness? What about other features such as self-centering frames? Others?
  1. What current research could inform building code-writers’ and code-adopters’ decisions about resilience options?
  1. What new research is needed to inform those decisions?

WORKSHOP PROGRAM (2:30pm – 5pm)

    Welcome and Objectives – Khalid Mosalam, UC Berkeley; Keith Porter, CU Boulder
    The HayWired Scenario – Dale Cox, USGS
    Viewing the Code through HayWired – Keith Porter, CU Boulder
    PBEE as a Resilience Option – Laura Samant, Risk Management Consultant
    Community Information Needs for Resilience Options – Laurence Kornfield, City of San Francisco

The intended audience includes researchers, students, and practitioners currently addressing challenges of measuring and enhancing new buildings’ earthquake resilience. Attendees are requested to read the HayWired Scenario, pp13-15, that can be found at

FREE – Please register at PEER:

This workshop is a pre-conference event of the 2018 PEER Annual Meeting, to be held January 18-19, 2018, at UC Berkeley. For program and registration information, refer to: