2016 Program Overview

Day 1 Program

Day 2 Program

Day 1: Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Technical/Engineering Sessions

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibitors

9:00 AM

Understanding Risk: How to Conceptualize the Seismic Threat

It is clear that an earthquake threat exists in Southern California, but how do engineers understand and communicate the risk to clients? This session will explore the Seismic risk in Southern California and provide tools for communicating that risk to the wider population. Speakers will look at the differences between different types of risk commonly used to make decisions around building safety.

Dr. Ross Stein, Temblor
Dr. Nicolas Luco, USGS

9:45 AM

Case Study: How Does an Earthquake Affect a Structure?

There is a commonly held notion by the general public that a "code compliant" structure will fare well in a significant seismic event. This session will explore how accurate this idea is and look at case studies to demonstrate the performance of a "code compliant" structure. This can underscore the importance of strengthening existing structures and designing beyond the minimums of the building code.


Richard Chen, S.E., Miyamoto International

10:35 AM

Demystifying Performance Based Engineering

This session will answer the question: What is Performance Based Engineering? Panelists will explore the core concepts of performance-based engineering and delve into the intersection of building performance and code compliance and how performance based engineering can be used on all projects.


Dr. Curt Haselton, Haselton-Baker Risk Group

Mason Walters, S.E., Forell/Elsesser Engineers

11:25 AM

SEAOSC Soft Story and Non-Ductile Concrete Design Guides Overview

Overview of the SEAOSC Soft Story and Non-Ductile Concrete Design Guides developed by the Seismology and Existing Building Committees


Josh Gebelein, S.E., Brandow & Johnston

Garrett Hagen, S.E., Degenkolb Engineers

Russell McLellan, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

12:15 PM

Lunch sponsored by Atlas Tube

Lunch Keynote: The New Executive Order for Federal Buildings

Dr. Steven McCabe, Deputy Director of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will join us from Washington, D.C. to share an overview of the new, updated standard to improve the resilience and enhance the capability of essential Federal buildings to function during and after an earthquake. He will discuss what the standard means, how it came into effect, and the likely implications.

1:15 PM

Practical Applications of Performance Based Engineering

Continuing the discussion from the morning session, this panel will address the issues that make buildings vulnerable. This session will tackle how Performance Based Engineering is applied in practice and how it can be used to identify vulnerable buildings and improve their performance.


Kamal Kalsi, S.E., Degenkolb Engineers

Dr. Chris Hilson, P.E., Degenkolb Engineers

2:05 PM

Implications of Performance Based Engineering: Financial, Legal, and Beyond

This session will discuss the implications of applying the principles of performance based engineering. We will explore the probabilistic nature of this design  methodology and discuss the legal responsibilities of engineers as well as potential impact to insurance costs.

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Jack Baker, Stanford University
Dr. Nilesh Shome, Risk Management Solutions
Simran Tiwana, J.D., Gordon & Rees

Moderator: Kate Stillwell, S.E., Jumpstart Recovery


3:20 PM

Resilience: What is the Engineer's Role?

How can engineers create more resilient cities? Is it the responsibility of the engineer to "sell" resilience to their clients or should the engineer advocate for increased codification of resilience? This session will explore how engineers can be part of the conversation on resilience and disaster preparedness while collaborating with policy makers and other decision makers.

Panel Discussion:

Evan Reis, S.E., US Resiliency Council

Dr. Farzad Naeim, S.E., Esq., Farzad Naeim, Inc.

Dr. Henry Burton, S.E., UCLA

Michael Cochran, S.E., Thornton Tomasetti

Moderator: Saeed Fathali, PhD, P.E., Structural Technologies

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks and Preview for Day 2

Day 2: Friday, November 18, 2016 – Policy and Cities Sessions

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibitors

8:45 AM

Welcome from SEAOSC

Morning Keynote: Advocating for Seismic Safety in California

Presenter: Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (CA 46th District)

Assemblyman Nazarian, a leading advocate at the state for seismic safety, will share what is happening at the state level to support local jurisdictions in strengthening vulnerable buildings. He will share what has been successful and what community leaders and others can do to promote statewide support for this important community and economic issue.

9:15 AM

Survey and Dr. Jones Introduction by Survey Sponsor Simpson Strong-Tie

The new Safer Cities Survey Research Findings and Analysis

Dr. Lucy Jones will present the outcomes of her research for the Safer Cities Survey. She will discuss the most vulnerable buildings in the Southern California community and the steps jurisdictions have taken across the region in addressing them. She'll offer her analysis of the Survey and explain what could be done to address these building issues in our region.

Presenter: Dr. Lucy JonesDr. Lucy Jones Center for Science & Society

9:50 AM

The Safer Cities Survey: Understanding Building Risk & Recommended Solutions

Now that we know the results of the Safer Cities Survey, SEAOSC will explain the key vulnerable buildings types, how to address the threat, and why we need to partner together to reduce the risk from the next big earthquake.

Presenter: Ken O'Dell, S.E., MHP

10:30 AM

Performance and Policy: How Policy Creates Safer Cities

This session will explore the most effective measures cities have taken to reduce the impact of the seismic risk on existing and vulnerable buildings. Case studies of various programs, initiatives, and enforcement will demonstrate the most effective processes undertaken by policy-makers have led to changes. The panel will look at how enforcement can be addressed as well as how to balance financial considerations with safety concerns.

Panel Discussion:

Daniel Zepeda, S.E., Degenkolb Engineers

Dr. Keith Porter, P.E., University of Colorado Boulder

Ashley Atkinson, AICP, City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development

Moderator: Conrad Paulson, S.E., Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

11:30 AM

Localized Discussion: Working Towards a Stronger City

Each table will discuss a set of questions that can uniquely address the needs of the jurisdictions at each table. This interaction will lead to what each city can do to work with others in their community as well as regional organizations.

11:50 AM

Back to Work: How Policy Can Help a City Rebound After an Earthquake

After the earthquake, the ability for the region to get back to normal requires the rapid reopening of businesses. This session will explore various "back to business" programs that support expedited reopening of businesses and how they can rejuvenate a city in the aftermath of an earthquake. Cities can use these programs to build momentum to achieve regional resilience with minimal upfront cost. The panelists will share the implications of a slow reopening and discuss tactics to move forward.


David Cocke, S.E., Structural Focus

Jan Edwards, P.E., CBO, City of Glendale

Ines Pearce, Pearce Global Partners

Moderator: David Williams, S.E., Degenkolb Engineers

12:30 PM

The SEAOSC City Support Initiative: Finding Solutions through Partnership

Matt Barnard, S.E., Degenkolb Engineers


1:00 PM

Pushing for Resilience: How Can You Help?

Strengthening the safety of our cities takes more than just those with knowledge of building construction and performance. Each member of the community has a role to shape the outcome after the next earthquake by what we do today. This session will look at the role of the non-engineer in working with technical experts to build support and pursue the best policies for their communities, offering strategies and tips for effective ways of addressing the larger issue of a resilient city.

Panel Discussion:

Marissa Aho, AICP, City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office
Andrea Davis, Chair, Red Cross Greater

Susan Dowty, S.E., International Code Council

Moderator: Janah Risha, S.E., Risha Engineering

1:50 PM

Closing Remarks

Survey Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Atlas Tube
Brandow & Johnston, Inc.
DeWALT Engineered by Powers
DCI Engineers
DCSE Associates, Inc.
Englekirk Structural Engineers
MHP, Inc. Structural Engineers

Risha Engineering Group, Inc.
SIKA Corporation
Structural Technologies, LLC.

Thornton Tomasetti
Zarin-afsar & Assoc.,Inc.

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