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June 9, 2021

The journal "Reliability Engineering & System Safety" is planning a special issue on safety and reliability of transportation systems. This special issue focuses on the new and challenging problems in safety and reliability of transportation systems.

June 7, 2021

PEER has just published Report No. 2021/03: "Effective Stress Analysis of Liquefaction Sites and Evaluation of Sediment Ejecta Potential." It was authored by Daniel Hutabarat and Jonathan D. Bray, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.

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PEER has just published Report No. 2021/02: "Implementation, Verification, and Validation of the PM4Sand Model in OpenSees." It was authored by Long Chen and Pedro Arduino, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington.

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May 17, 2021

The National Science Foundation has announced a three year renewal of the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network (CMMI 2103550), building off the initial EAGER award (CMMI 1841667) that responded to over three dozen natural hazard events,

May 11, 2021

The PEER research project to develop bridge design guidelines for tsunami loads has recently concluded and released three reports summarizing the project methodology, investigations, and findings. The project was a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research program that spanned five years, and it was funded through PEER by a Transportation Pooled-Fund that included Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon (lead state), Washington, and the Federal Highway Administration.

May 10, 2021

The research project “Quantifying the Performance of Retrofit of Cripple Walls and Sill Anchorage in Single-Family Wood-Frame Buildings (PEER-CEA Project)” received an Award of Merit in the Research Category from the 2021 Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Excellence in Engineering Awards (EiSE) Program.

Our mission at the PEER Student Committee is to facilitate student interaction and engagement in PEER activities while enhancing student education in earthquake engineering and related fields. To that end, some of the initiatives that we are organizing are PEER Student Videos, Student Highlights, PEER Institution Lab Tours, PEER Student Meetings, and bridging the gap between industry partners and students involved in research, including empowering PEER students with opportunities for the future workforce.

April 15, 2021

PEER has just published Report No. 2020/11: "Hybrid Simulations for the Seismic Evaluation of Resilient Highway Bridge Systems." It was authored by Yingjie Wu, Selim Günay and Khalid Mosalam.

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March 19, 2021

PEER is hosting a seminar with UC Berkeley's Program of Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials (SEMM) which will be held on March 29, 2021, 12:10pm-1pm (PDT), online.

Presenters:
Mark Sarkisian PE, SE, Partner; and Chris Horiuchi PE, SE, Associate, SOM
Leo Panian PE, SE, Principal, Tipping Structural Engineers
Gerard Madden PE, SE, Senior Project Manager, SOHA

March 16, 2021

Jack MoehleJack Moehle, Professor of the Graduate School at UC Berkeley, was selected to deliver a 2021 Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture at Lehigh University on March 11, 2021. The Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series honors Dr.

March 15, 2021

Ian BuckleIan Buckle, a Foundation Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Nevada Reno and an active member of the PEER Institutional Board, is the recipient of the “2021 Regents’ Researcher Award - Distinguished” by the Nevada System of Higher Education.

March 10, 2021

The impact of a PEER funded research project "A System-Level Study to Evaluate the Role of Soil Gradation on Seismically Induced Embankment Deformations" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Jason T. DeJong, Professor, UC Davis. 

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March 8, 2021

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Seismic Performance of Isolated Bridges under Extreme Shaking" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Gilberto Mosqueda, Professor, Department of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego.

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March 4, 2021

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Validation and Utilization of Physics-based Simulated Ground Motions for Bridge Performance Assessment" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Farzin Zareian, Associate Professor, UC Irvine. The Research Team includes Mayssa Dabaghi, Co-PI, American University of Beirut, Jawad Fayaz, Graduate Student Researcher, UC Irvine, and Sarah Azar, Graduate Student Researcher, American University of Beirut.

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Ground Improvement-Based Protection of Transportation Infrastructure: Validation of PBE via Centrifuge and Numerical Modeling" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Tara Hutchinson, Professor of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego. The Co-Principal Investigator is John McCartney, Professor of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego. The Research Team includes Jeffrey Newgard, Research Assistant, UC San Diego.

March 3, 2021

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Implementation of Frequency-Dependent Impedance Functions in OpenSees" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Jian Zhang, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCLA. The Research Team includes S. Farid Ghahari, Project Scientist, UCLA and Ertugrul Taciroglu, Professor and Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UCLA (Senior Collaborator).

March 1, 2021

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Performance-Based Economic Loss Assessment Due to a Hypothetical Large Southern California Earthquake Based on the Disruption and Recovery of Port of Los Angeles Freight Traffic" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Ertugrul Taciroglu, Professor of Civil Engineering, UC Los Angeles. The Co-Principal Investigator is Kenichi Soga, Professor of Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley.

February 26, 2021

PEER has just published Report No. 2020/10: "Low Seismic Damage Columns for Accelerated Bridge Construction." It was authored by Arpit Nema and Jose Restrepo, UC San Diego.

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The impact of a PEER funded research project "Advanced Guidelines for Stability Design of Slender Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Michael H. Scott, Professor, Oregon State University. The Co-Principal Investigator is Mark D. Denavit, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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February 23, 2021

PEER has just published Report No. 2021/01: "Fire-Induced Structural Collapse on Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California, May 23, 2020." It was authored by Mohammadreza Eslami, Khalid Mosalam, Ankit Agrawal, Amarnath Kasalanati, UC Berkeley.

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