The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) will hold its 67th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on March 31-April 3, 2015. The theme for the meeting is "Old Cities, New Earthquakes," and the program will highlight the particular seismic hazards and vulnerability of older structures common to much of central and eastern North America.
Robert Olshansky, Head at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the EERI Distinguished Lecture on improving earthquake mitigation and recovery efforts over time. Paul Somerville will give the William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture: “Geoscientists’ Capacity to Supply Engineers’ Demands for Seismic Hazard Inputs.”
Program sessions will include “Inventorying and Prioritizing Actions to Reduce Risk of Older Structures,” and “Seismic Response and Vulnerability—New Design.” There will be sessions providing updates on EERI special projects, such as Learning From Earthquakes and the School Earthquake Safety Initiative.
Pre- and post-conference continuing education and training opportunities are available. On Tuesday, March 31, participants will learn from the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) on identifying potentially hazardous buildings before earthquakes occur (FEMA P-154), and utilization of open-source software ROVER (Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk). Training on FEMA E-74, Reducing the Risk of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage, will be conducted in the afternoon. On Friday, April 3, EERI will offer workshops on earthquake reconnaissance for students and professionals, with presentations and a field exercise in the use of data collection tools.