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NGA-West2 research spurs updates to Ground Motion Site Amplification Factors in Building Code

The site amplification factors used to develop design-basis ground motions will be changing in the next revisions of several building code documents due to research conducted as a part of PEER’s NGA-West2 project.  These factors, commonly called Fa, Fv, and … Continue reading

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Faculty Position at USC Civil Engineering

The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering invites nominations and applications for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position at all ranks in civil and environmental engineering. The Department is particularly interested … Continue reading

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Registration Open for 2013 COSMOS Technical Session on November 22

The Consortium of Organization for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will be holding its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, California, on Friday, November 22, 2013. The topics for this year's Technical Session are "Simulated … Continue reading

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Mary Comerio Distinguished Lecture Now Online

Video of October 14, 2013 presentation now available Professor Mary Comerio’s EERI Distinguished Lecture, “Resilience: An Engineering Challenge,” is now available to view on PEER’s YouTube Channel. The lecture was presented on October 14, 2013 to an overflow crowd of … Continue reading

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New PEER Report Published: 2013/14 “Hanging-Wall Scaling using Finite-Fault Simulations”

PEER has just published Report No. 2013/14 titled “Hanging-Wall Scaling using Finite-Fault Simulations” as a new addition to the PEER Report Series. It was authored by Jennifer L. Donahue of Geosyntec Consultants and Norman A. Abrahamson of the Department of … Continue reading

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Hybrid Simulation of Multi Story Structural Systems Through Collapse tested at nees@berkeley – video now available!

In recent tests at the nees@berkeley lab, Stanford Associate Professor Eduardo Miranda and student Carlos Gordo Monson evaluated the performance of their new “Enhanced Gravity Connections” for use in steel buildings during a series of half scale beam column tests … Continue reading

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Discovering OpenSees Series: “Workflows in the Clouds with NEEShub” on Sept 30 and Oct 1

The next seminar in the web-based Discovering OpenSees: Surfing the waves of OpenSees learning series will occur on September 30 and October 1. The session will be broadcast twice to allow users in all time zones around the world to … Continue reading

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Yousef Bozorgnia Appointed EQS Associate Editor

Yousef Bozorgnia, CEE Adjunct Professor in the SEMM program and Executive Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), has been appointed as the associate editor of Earthquake Spectra (EQS), the earthquake engineering journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research … Continue reading

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Planning meeting for NEES/E-Defense Collaborative Research Program scheduled for December 11-13, 2013

The large E-Defense shaking table facility in Japan has recently reopened following nearly a year of inactivity while major upgrades were installed. These upgrades permit the facility to simulate large 3D earthquake motions having durations up to 40 minutes or … Continue reading

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New PEER Report Published: PEER 2013/18 “Identification of Site Parameters that Improve Predictions of Site Amplification”

PEER has just published Report No. 2013/18 titled “Identification of Site Parameters that Improve Predictions of Site Amplification” as a new addition to the PEER Report Series. It was authored by Ellen M. Rathje and Sara Navidi of the Department … Continue reading

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