2019 Safer Cities Technical Summit

Fire, Earthquakes, Politics … The Challenges Still Facing SoCal 25 Years After Northridge

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Grand Event Center
4101 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

7:00am - Registration & Breakfast
8:00am-3:00pm - Program & SAP Training
3:00pm-4:00pm - Happy Hour

25 years ago on Jan. 17th, the LA area was woken up by a devastating earthquake that continues to impact our community and structural engineers today. Lives were lost. Buildings collapsed.

Join us on Saturday Jan. 19th for SEAOSC’s premiere event of 2018/2019 when the 2019 Safer Cities Technical Summit will be held in Long Beach, CA. This Technical Summit features an unbelievable lineup of great topics of immense relevance to all of our members from Member SE's to our Student Members. You need to be here. Your co-workers need to be here. If you need SAP training or need to renew it, you need to be here. Seats are limited so do not wait to register for what will be a highlight of the SEAOSC year.

Topics, spread between two tracks:

  • Safety Assessment Program Training for new Volunteers (all-day).
  • A 2-hour Safety Assessment Program Training for those volunteers needing to renew.
  • SEAOSC Safer Cities Policy Developments including updates on the Policy Breakfast, local ordinances, and the legislative efforts.
  • Fire including developments from our SEAOC Fire Ad Hoc Committee, a presentation by the Building Official for the City of Ventura, and observations from Paradise by Dr. Glassman, who was deployed to Paradise as part of the FEMA US&R team as their structural advisor.
  • The Learned and Unlearned Lessons from Northridge presented by the Steel Committee.
  • The SEAOSC Premiere of Quake Heroes, a new documentary about those who experienced the earthquake and made a difference helping others. Our own Ken O’Dell is featured!
  • Stories from those who have been deployed as Safety Assessment Program Volunteers for Northridge and for Katrina.
  • Insights into the Proper Soft Story Retrofits occurring throughout the region.
  • When is an Alteration Too Much? A presentation about altering an existing building especially important as various retrofit programs are being implemented.
    Any member is eligible to participate in the SAP training even if you are not a licensed engineer. However, if you are not a licensed engineer, you will not be officially added to the volunteer list until you are awarded your license. When you share the good news with SEAOSC that you have earned your license, we will assist you in notifying Cal OES so that they will then officially name you as a SAP volunteer and provide you with your badge.
    Negotiations with CAL OES on the planned 2 hr renewal option for the SAP volunteers have not successfully concluded yet. There is a chance that this option might not be available after all. If this happens, you will have the option to attend the full SAP training or attend the full technical training track.

      Saturday, January 19, 2019

      The Grand Event Center
      4101 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

      7:00am - Registration & Breakfast
      8:00am-3:00pm - Program & SAP Training
      3:00pm-4:00pm - Happy Hour

      Members: $200
      Non-Members: $350 (registration includes free SEAOSC Membership - use code: TECH19 when registering membership)
      Younger Members: $150
      Student Members: $100

      Sponsorship Opportunities Available

      Why should you attend?

      Every year, the Strengthening Our Cities Summit brings together a specific sector of the SoCal community to get resources and tools to better understand the risks of earthquakes to our buildings and how to mitigate losses.


      Convene the financial, real estate, and insurance sectors with technical experts to move forward together to address the community's need to be able to prevent losses and recover from an earthquake.  Educate attendees on the value of buildings and how they are designed to perform.  Highlight trends and best practices for building owners, developers, and investors to address existing buildings and assess their value.

      Gold Sponsor

      Bronze Sponsor

      Exhibit Sponsors

      Structural Technologies

      Mehrain Naeim International
      California Code Check

      Presenting Sponsor

      Gold Sponsors

      Silver Sponsors

      Bronze Sponsors

      Sika Corporation
      Brandow & Johnston, INC
      MHP, Inc. Structural Engineers
      Englekirk Structural Engineers

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