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August 30, 2021

PEER has just published Report No. 2021/05 "City-Scale Multi-Infrastructure Network Resilience Simulation Tool." It was authored by Kenichi Soga, Renjie Wu, Bingyu Zhao and Chaofeng Wang.

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August 12, 2021

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Liquefaction Evaluation of Gravelly Soils: An integrated Laboratory Testing and Numerical Modeling Approach" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley. The Research Team includes Jongchan Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley; Bofei Xu, Ph.D. Student, UC Berkeley; Nathaniel Wagner, Ph.D., P.E., Slate Geotechnical Consultants; Misko Cubrinovski, Professor, University of Canterbury, NZ.

August 11, 2021

The PEER Student Committee is pleased to present our next spotlighted researcher in the "Meet the PEER Students'' Series. The series features students and postdoctoral researchers who conduct exciting research projects, engage in leadership activities, and perform exceptional work. This month, we met Francisco A. Galvis, a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

July 21, 2021

PEER is pleased to announce that the 2021 Blind Prediction Competition is now open!

July 19, 2021

This special issue of Earthquake Spectra showcases new developments in earthquake hazard and risk assessments relevant to Central and Eastern North America (CENA). This unique collection of papers marks a significant advancement in the documentation and understanding of hazard and risk of this stable continental region with rare but significant seismicity.

July 14, 2021

PEER has just published Report No. 2021/04: "Towards Multi-Tier Modeling of Liquefaction Impacts on Transportation Infrastructure." It was authored by Brett W. Maurer, Mertcan Geyin and Alex J. Baird, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington.

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June 25, 2021

The journal "Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering" is planning a special issue on innovations in structural health monitoring and has released a call for papers. Since 2001 twelve special issues of "Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering" have been devoted to Health Monitoring of Structures, and another special issue of the journal will be devoted to this topic in early 2022.

June 22, 2021

The PEER Student Committee is pleased to present our first spotlighted researcher in the "Meet the PEER Students'' Series. The series features students and postdoctoral researchers who conduct exciting research projects, engage in leadership activities, and perform exceptional work. This month, we met Dr. Maha Kenawy, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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. 2021/02: "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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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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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, involving over 150 different persons,

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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