December 2018 Chapter Meeting

A Structural Engineer’s Perspective on Seismic Resilience: from building ratings to better building codes and retrofit ordinances

Speaker: Ryan Kersting, S.E. | Associate Principal | Buehler Engineering, Inc.

When: December 13, 2018 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Where: Buehler Engineering Inc. | 600 Q Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95811

The discussion will cover the latest industry trends in seismic resilience, including rating buildings for seismic performance in terms of safety, repair, and recovery using tools developed from years of FEMA-funded research, and will also focus on recent public policy efforts in California to improve the seismic resilience of our communities by considering development of better building codes and identifying potentially-vulnerable structures
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October 2018 Chapter Meeting

Fault Rupture Hazard Investigations for the Los Angeles Aqueduct System: Owens Valley to the San Andreas

Speaker: Scott Lindvall, CEG | Senior Principal Geologist | Lettis Consultants International, Inc.

When: October 23, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: Aviator’s Restaurant | 6151 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822


The Los Angeles Aqueduct System delivers water from the Owens Valley to over 4 million residents within the City and is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal utility in the U.S. The first aqueduct was completed in 1913 and extends southward through the seismically active Owens Valley, across the Garlock and San Andreas faults, and into the faulted and folded Transverse Ranges.
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September 2018 Chapter Meeting

Student Chapter Certificate of Accomplishment

The EERI Sacramento Chapter awarded the Sacramento State EERI Student Chapter a certificate of accomplishment.  The certificate of accomplishment was awarded in recognition of their hard work over the last year as they participated in and presented at local professional chapter meetings, participated on the board of directors, and for the outstanding performance at this years International Seismic Design Competition in Los Angeles where they ranked 13th overall. Congratulations Students!

Important Intensity Measures related to Embankment Dam Deformation

Speaker: Richard Armstrong, PhD, PE | California State University, Sacramento

When: August 19, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Where: Old Spaghetti Factory | 1910 J St., Sacramento, CA 95811


In a seismic hazard assessment of an embankment dam, the ground motion intensity measure (IM) deemed important to the dam must first be identified (e.g., spectral acceleration, SA; peak ground velocity, PGV; and Arias intensity, AI). It is important for the IM to relate well to the engineering demand parameter (EDP) of interest. Results from a study are presented that had set out to identify IMs that related to embankment dam deformation. Read more

June 2018 Chapter Meeting

Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs) in Post-Earthquake Geotechnical Reconnaissance Following the 2016 Central Italy Earthquakes

Speaker: Kevin W. Franke, PhD, PE | Brigham Young University

When: June 19, 2018 | 5:30 PM

Where: Old Spaghetti Factory | 1910 J St., Sacramento, CA 95811


Three large earthquakes (M5.9 to M6.5) struck the Mt. Vettore region of the Central Apennines in Italy between August 24 and October 30 in 2016. The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER) sent reconnaissance teams to the damaged area twice following these events: after the initial M6.0 in late August, and again after the larger M6.5 event in early December. Challenging terrain and geo-political conditions made traditional engineering reconnaissance of the affected villages and slope/rock slopes difficult, if not impossible. Read more

February 2018 Chapter Meeting

Evacuation Modeling to Reduce Human Vulnerability to Seismic Events

Speaker: Dr. Mathew Schmidtlein | California State University, Sacramento

When: February 22, 2018 | 6 PM

Where: California State University, Sacramento | Folsom Hall 1049

Increasing coastal populations mean that more people are exposed to coastal hazards such as tsunamis. Evacuation planning is an important tool in reducing human losses to tsunamis. This presentation describes the development of models used to estimate pedestrian evacuation times and show how those models can be used to help reduce human vulnerability to these potentially devastating events.

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