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March 26, 2020

Caltrans awarded a $4.5 million, 36-month contract to PEER for the new PEER-Bridge research program. Caltrans has had a well-established bridge research program, which was expanded greatly in response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. This program continues to yield numerous advancements that make Caltrans a world leader in bridge engineering.

March 20, 2020

March 16, 2020

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Fracture of Deficient Steel Details in Pre-Northridge Transportation Infrastructure" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Amit Kanvinde, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis. The research team includes James Malley, Group Director and Senior Principal, Degenkolb, San Francisco and Robert Pekelnicky, Senior Principal, Degenkolb, San Francisco.

PEER has just published Report No. 2020/02: "Data Resources for NGA-Subduction Project." Chapters of the report have multiple co-authors from various institutions. The project Principal Investigator is Yousef Bozorgnia and the report Editor is Jonathan P. Stewart, both from UC Los Angeles.

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March 13, 2020

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Identification of Transportation Network Corridors, for Enhancing Network Resilience" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Jack W. Baker, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. The research team includes Rodrigo Silva Lopez, PhD Student, Stanford University.

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March 9, 2020

PEER has just published (December 2019) Report No. 2019/08: "Influence of Vertical Ground Motion on Bridges Isolated with Spherical Sliding Bearings." It was authored by Rushil Mojidra and Keri L. Ryan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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PEER has just published (December 2019) Report No. 2019/09: "Seismic Behavior of Special Concentric Braced Frames under Short- and Long-Duration Ground Motions." It was authored by Ali Hammad and Mohamed A. Moustafa, University of Nevada, Reno.

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March 4, 2020

The 2020 PEER Annual Meeting with the theme of “The Future of Performance-Based Natural Hazards Engineering” was held on January 16 & 17, 2020. Please see the summary of the first day's morning & afternoon sessions and the second day's morning sessions.

February 28, 2020

Bruce KutterBruce L. Kutter, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Davis, was awarded the ASCE H.

February 21, 2020

PEER has continuing funding from the State of California related to the seismic performance of transportation systems. This funding supports the Transportation Systems Research Program (TSRP), the purpose of which is to lessen the impacts of earthquakes on the transportation systems of California, including highways and bridges, port facilities, high-speed rail,  airports, and other related structures.

February 19, 2020

The 2020 PEER Annual Meeting with the theme of “The Future of Performance-Based Natural Hazards Engineering” was held on January 16 & 17, 2020. Please see the summary of first day morning & afternoon.

PEER has recently formed three committees comprised of researchers and industry practitioners. The three committees are the Research Committee, Industry Advisory Board, and Resource identification Committee. The committees and their charges are presented below, and these three committees' ex-officio members are: Norm Abrahamson, Leader of PEER Lifelines Research Program; Amarnath Kasalanati, PEER Associate Director; Khalid Mosalam, PEER Director; Tom Shantz, Manager of PEER funding from Caltrans.

February 12, 2020

The PEER Annual Meeting 2020 with the theme of “The Future of Performance-Based Natural Hazards Engineering” was held on January 16 & 17, 2020. Please see the summary of first two plenaries here. The afternoon of Day 1 focused on Modeling & Simulation.

February 11, 2020

PHI-Net FrameworkPEER Hub ImageNet (Φ-Net or PHI-Net) is a general automated framework (see figure) for vision-based structural health monitoring (SHM) and rapid damage assessment after disasters. Based on past reconnaissance efforts and related studies, Φ-Net represents the vision-based detection tasks by a tree-like hierarchy framework.

February 7, 2020

Five PEER colleagues were recently honored with election to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

February 5, 2020

PEER Director, Khalid MosalamThe PEER Annual Meeting 2020 with the theme of “The Future of Performance-Based Natural Hazards Engineering” was held on January 16 & 17, 2020. Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean of Engineering at UC Berkeley, opened the meeting highlighting the contributions of PEER since its inception 23 years ago.

February 4, 2020

Kiremidjian Stanford PEER Institutional Board ChairAnne S. Kiremidjian, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, has been selected by EERI as an Honorary Member.  This award is bestowed upon members who have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the field of earthquake engineering and to EERI.

January 10, 2020

PEER has just published Report No. 2019/07: "PEER Hub ImageNet (Ø-Net): A Large-Scale Multi-Attribute Benchmark Dataset of Structural Images." It was authored by Yuqing Gao and Khalid M. Mosalam.

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December 16, 2019

StEER logoThe Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network has issued an Event Briefing for the November 26, 2019 M6.4 earthquake in Albania. Event Briefings  are typically released within 48 hours of an event for which StEER will not deploy virtual or field assessment teams, but still warrants some commentary.