Project Title/ID Number International Workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering—3162002
Start/End Dates 10/1/02—9/30/03
Project Leader Jack Moehle (UCB/Faculty)
Team Members  
Project goals and objectives

The goal of this project is to enhance at an international level the exchange of the latest research and professional practice information on performance-based earthquake engineering.

Role of this project in supporting PEER’s vision

This project serves the PEER strategic plan by promoting more rapid development and exchange of performance-based earthquake engineering technologies among leading practitioners and researchers. Ongoing PEER research project personnel are encouraged to accelerate presentation of their findings, and overall project information is enhanced by introducing knowledge and ideas developing outside PEER.

Methodology employed

The project is accomplished by convening a meeting involving major researchers and practitioners in the field of performance-based earthquake engineering. At the meeting, researchers and practitioners present their latest results, engage in lively discussion, and suggest new directions and research needs. Given the strong and coordinated programs in the US and Japan, most participants are from those countries. The US and Japanese participants share many similar views on the broad value of performance-based earthquake engineering. However, details of their perspectives are markedly different; bringing together these diverse ideas leads to enhanced thinking about performance-based earthquake engineering.

Brief description of past year’s accomplishments and more detail on expected Year 6 accomplishments

This project is a continuation of prior projects that hosted the 1st through 3rd US-Japan Workshops on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering for Reinforced Concrete Building Structures. The previous workshops (Maui, September 1999; Sapporo, September 2000; Seattle, August 2001) resulted in publication of important symposium proceedings including all presented papers.

Figure 1: Participants in the 4th Workshop
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Front Row: Yan Xiao, Craig Comartin, Santiago Pujol, Jack Moehle, Toshimi Kabeyasawa, Shunsuke Otani, Eduardo Miranda, Hiroshi Kuramoto. Middle Row: Hitoshi Shiohara, Laura Lowes, Koichi Kusunoki, Masaomi Teshigawara, Sashi Kunnath, Kazuhiro Kitayama, John Wallace, Akira Tasai, Allin Cornell. Back Row: Masaki Maeda, Mark Sinclair, Hitoshi (Jin) Tanaka, Manabu Yoshimura, Daisuke Kato, Toshikatsu Ichinose, Minehiro Nishiyama.

This past year we convened the 4th Workshop in Toba, Japan (September 2002). The meeting was timed and located to coincide with a major project meeting of the US-Japan Cooperative Research In Urban Earthquake Disaster Mitigation, sponsored in Japan by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture, and in the U.S. by the National Science Foundation. By aligning with that meeting, we were able to attract a broader pool of attendees at reduced cost. The meeting included plenary sessions, breakout sessions on specific topics, closing presentations by selected individuals, and resolutions. It was resolved to convene a 5th workshop tentatively during Fall 2003.

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

Other similar work being conducted within and outside PEER and how this project differs

This project exists to enhance ongoing research in many PEER projects related to performance-based earthquake engineering or concrete buildings. Research and practice of performance-based earthquake engineering is being done by individuals in several countries. We aim to include key researchers and practitioners as part of the program.

Plans for Year 7 if this project is expected to be continued

The plan is to continue this workshop series in Year 7, or to support a similar international effort.

Describe any instances where you are aware that your results have been used in industry

Expected milestones

Proceedings for the 4th Workshop are in preparation at the time of this writing, and should be available June 2003. Additional work for Year 6 includes planning for the 5th workshop to be held in Tokyo in September 2003, selection and invitation of participants, solicitation of papers, and convening the meeting.


Proceedings from 4th and 5th Workshops.