Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering
by Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., S.E., Esq.
September 15, 2021; 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific TimeSmall Business System Requirements FAQ Register
ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 8400
Performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) in United States has had humble beginnings but has made huge strides over the past couple of decades. A majority of tall buildings in western United States are currently being designed using PBEE principles rather than prescriptive code procedures. Successful further development of PBEE requires close collaboration between researchers and practicing engineers. Currently PBEE is undergoing a very important transition from its first generation of methodologies to a new and fully probabilistic approach. For such a transition to be successful a number of research needs and practical requirements must be addressed in a timely and cooperative manner. These needs vary from meaningful definition of desired performance objectives, consequences of not meeting these objectives, dependable characterization of system and component level fragility specifications, meaningful representation of earthquake ground motions, improved understanding of the performance of structure and its contents, soil-foundation-structure interaction, and bridging the gap between and advancing both experimental research and our analytical capabilities. This presentation will briefly discuss these issues and provide examples of problems and solutions that the speaker has encountered in dealing with these needs. The provisions of the newly released LATBSDC Guidelines (scheduled for release on May 15, 2020) will be also discussed.
Dr. Farzad Naeim is the President of Farzad Naeim, Inc. and CEO of Mehrain Naeim International Inc. both of Irvine California. Dr. Naeim is also an Adjunct Professor at UCI and a faculty member at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE). He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1982 and his J.D. with highest honors in 2002. In 2007, he received the Fazlur Khan Medal for lifetime achievements in seismic design of tall buildings from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He has served two terms (1995 and 2011) as the President of the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council. Dr. Naeim is a Past-President and an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). He is currently Chair of California’s Strong Motion Instrumentation Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Expert Consultants of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). He has served on the Seismic Advisory Board of Caltrans, and Advisory Council of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). Farzad has published four textbooks, more than 160 peer-reviewed papers, and has developed 45 different software systems for earthquake engineering design and education. Dr. Naeim has served as Technical Director for many landmark structures in California and across the United States and has collaborated with researchers from Stanford, UCB, UCLA, USC, UCSD, UCI and University of British Columbia on various research projects.
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