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.
The afternoon of the second day began with Concurrent Session C4 on Geo Hazards moderated by Scott Brandenberg, and featured presentations by Paolo Zimmaro, Daniel Hutabarat and Jonathan Bray, Ramin Motamed, and Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos. Topics included Next Generation Liquefaction: A Community Discussion, Effective Stress Analysis to Evaluate Ejecta Severity and Sand and Silty Sites, Large-Scale Shake Table Testing on the Effectiveness of Helical Piles to Mitigate Liquefaction-Induced Building Settlements, and Recent Advances in the Liquefaction Assessment of Gravelly Soils.
Concurrent Session C5 was on Structures - Experimental Methods moderated by Sashi Kunnath, and had presentations by Ian Buckle, Daniel Miller and Diego De la Mora, Mohamed Moustafa, and Khalid Mosalam. Presentations included Pre-Test Planning for Experimental Studies on Tsunami-Borne Debris Loads on Bridges, Behavior of Bridge Arches Under High Axial Loads, Shake Table Tests of RC Bridge Columns with Conventional and High-Strength Steel under Long Duration Earthquakes, and System Level Performance Evaluation of New Designs of Bridge Bents Using Hybrid Simulation.
Concurrent Session C6 focused on Sensors & Data Interpretation and was moderated by Farzin Zareian with presentations by Eduardo Miranda, Henry Teng,
Ertugrul Taciroglu, and Matt DeJong. Topics included Instrumented Structures - An Opportunity to Learn About Seismic Response and to Validate Our Models, Laser-Based Displacement Sensors for Settlement Monitoring, On the Use of Digital Twins for Structural Health and Performance Monitoring and Rapid Post-Event Assessment, and Fiber Optic Monitoring of Building Settlement and Bridge Degradation.
The 2020 PEER Annual Meeting concluded with Plenary 6 moderated by Mason Walters and featured presentations on the future direction of PEER. David McCallen discussed the Advancements in High Performance Computing and Opportunities for Applications in the PEER Research Community, while Charles Scawthorn offered a new perspective on Risk Analysis. Greg Deierlein provided the final technical presentation on Opportunities and Challenges in High-Fidelity Simulation of Disaster Recovery and Karl Van Bibber offereed the closing remarks on PEER Annual Meeting 2020.