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Designing for Resilience: The role of the structural engineer

by David Bonowitz, S.E.

May 28, 2020; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time

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Seminar Description

You've heard about “resilience.” You might even have been asked by a client about it, read articles about “resilient buildings,” or seen ads for “resilient” products and services. But what is resilience, and how will this idea affect structural engineering? In brief, resilience-based design shifts the emphasis from the safety of buildings to the recovery of communities after natural hazard events. This webinar will consider the implications of this shift and cover differences between resilience and performance-based design, retrofit programs, and other worthwhile efforts. The talk will explain several of the leading resilience initiatives (plus some of the misleading ones) and the different perspectives behind them. It will locate structural engineering practice and building codes within the larger resilience context, looking at how our codes, standards, and practices might develop, or be applied today, to support resilience-based goals. The talk will also introduce the concept of functional recovery as the conceptual link between community resilience and structural engineering practice.
The views and opinions expressed in this seminar are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those held by S. K. Ghosh Associates LLC.

Speaker Bio

David Bonowitz is a structural engineer practicing in San Francisco. He is lead author of “Resilience-based Design and the NEHRP Provisions,” recently published by the National Institute of Building Sciences as a resource paper for the next edition of the Provisions, and a co-author of an EERI white paper, “Functional Recovery: A Conceptual Framework with Policy Options.” Bonowitz is a Fellow Member of SEAONC and SEAOC, past chair of the NCSEA Existing Buildings and Resilience committees, and an appointed member of the new FEMA-NIST working group on Functional Recovery of the Built Environment and Critical Infrastructure.

Registration Information

Please note a single registration allows you to have one connection. However, a number of people can view and listen to the seminar using one connection by using an LCD projector (or a large computer monitor) and good computer speakers or a speaker phone. All attendees, irrespective of the number of registered connections, can earn 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs). CEU/PDH certificates are provided free of charge.

To meet the new reality of social distancing, we are reducing the price for additional connections to our live webinars (see table below). This discount will apply to live webinars scheduled through the end of May 2020. The discount is also available to those of you who have a webinar subscription plan with us.

1 Connection Each Additional Connection
Early Registration Discounted Fee* $260 $60
Regular Fee $275 $65
* Registration on or before May 26, 2020
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  • A connection is defined as a single web connection plus a single telephone connection (if necessary).
  • A $15 fee will apply if the seminar registrant wishes to revise the web seminar registration (e.g. switch from one web seminar to another).
  • Refunds are limited to 80 percent of fee and must be applied for in writing WITHIN THIRTY DAYS after the scheduled seminar.
  • We are a registered provider for continuing education in the State of Florida (Provider # 4732), the State of New York (Provider # 99), the State of New Jersey (Provider # 24GP00014200), the State of Maryland, and for the Structural Engineers Certification Board (SECB) of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA).