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17WCEE Presentation

The 2021 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (17WCEE) commenced at Sendai International Centre in Sendai, Japan, from September 27 to October 2, 2021 after its original postponement in 2020.

This year’s theme focused on “Towards Disaster Resilient Society”, and included both in-person and remote presentations from delegates around the world.

SEAOC Convention Presentation

Ed Almeter (SP3) presented on Resilient Design for Functional Recovery at the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) 90th Anniversary Convention.  This included recovery time assessment method updates as part of the ATC-138, recent projects examples, and a call to action. The call proposes that leaders in seismic engineering pursue a coordinated effort to create prescriptive design requirements for resilient design for quick post-earthquake recovery of building function.

SP3 Welcomes Aaron Malatesta to the Team!

The SP3 team welcomes new Senior Associate, Aaron Malatesta! Prior to joining Haselton Baker Risk Group in August 2021, Aaron acted as a technical director for a product manufacturer leading the development of the technical publications and presentations while working with engineers to create resilient designs. He has also practiced structural engineering for consulting firms focused on both buildings and transportation infrastructure.

New Risk Modeling Updates for Wood Light-Frame

We are pleased to announce a couple major updates to our SP3 wood light-frame modeling module, which pull in the valuable learning from the recent three-year PEER-CEA research project, and fully integrate those findings into the SP3 engineering-analysis-based building-specific Monte Carlo risk analysis process. This effort was led by new SP3 Team member Dr. David Welch, who was previously a Stanford post-doc and played an instrumental role in the PEER-CEA project by being the primary modeler and analyst.

Announcing the Release of SP3-Portfolio!

We are pleased to announce the release of the new SP3-Portfolio analysis module, which brings our building-specific seismic risk assessment advances to the analysis of your building portfolio.  This new module marries the typical portfolio-level insurance modeling with the detailed building-specific vulnerability curves from the SP3-RiskModel.  Portfolio risk analyses historically use generic vulnerability models for classes of building, which loses any building-specific risk information. This simplification is no longer needed with SP3-Portfolio!

SEAONC Summer Webinar on Functional Recovery & Resilience

The Summer Webinar on Functional Recovery and Resilience presented July 8th and 15th, 12-2 PM, focused on functional recovery in terms of resilience and the related implications for the practicing engineer. July 8th introduced broad concepts and framework tools that have been used on real projects that were shared during the July 15th webinar.

SP3 Academic Guest Lecture: University of California, San Diego

The SP3 team regularly gives guest lectures on the development and applications of SP3 to engineering students of all levels of study. Curt Haselton, PhD, PE had the pleasure of speaking to the Spring SE 227 class at UC San Diego and helped them familiarize with resilient design. The SP3 Team happily provided a complimentary academic license for selected student use for the 2021 Spring semester of this class so students could implement resilient design in their class projects.

SP3 Mentioned in June 2021 STRUCTURE Magazine

We’re please to announce SP3 has been mentioned in the June 2021 Tall Building issue of STRUCTURE Magazine.

This recognition can be found in the “Machine Learning Applications” article by Henry V. Burton, SE, PhD, and Michael Mieler, PhD on pages 16-19, along with a published advertisement for SP3.

SP3 White Paper on Functional Recovery for New Ca Housing Bill Now Available

The SP3 team recently released a white paper that examines post-earthquake recovery times for residential buildings in California.

Earthquake resilience, particularly Functional Recovery, has garnered significant attention in the California legislature, so the purpose of this white paper is to help California lawmakers (and residents) understand the resilience of California residential buildings, as they begin to consider Functional Recovery legislation.