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February Colloquium Will Highlight Updates to NEHRP Provisions

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  
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Attend this upcoming colloquium presented by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) and find out about the key outcomes, major updates and future research needs from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures update process.

With the theme "Seismic Design Technology for New Buildings—The 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions,” the BSSC Colloquium will be held February 11, 2015, from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport – Waterfront in Burlingame, California. Geared to the BSSC membership and the structural engineering community, the BSSC Colloquium also will include an awards luncheon to recognize individuals that have made significant contributions to the development of the 2015 NEHRP Provisions.

Under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), BSSC administers an ongoing consensus-based process of updating and maintaining the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The NEHRP Recommended Provisions and its Commentary embody the state-of-knowledge criteria for design and construction of new buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The new knowledge and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC) and several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) ASCE/SEI-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

The BSSC Colloquium program will include presentations on the development of the 2015 Provisions and major changes from the previous Provisions, as well as explain new technologies, why changes occurred, how they will affect structures to be built and future research issues. Topics include: intent of the Provisions and performance measurement; new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hazard maps and the NEHRP design maps; new site soil factors; site-specific design requirements and parameters; seismic qualification of new systems and components based on FEMA P-695 and P-795 methodologies; diaphragm design; rigid wall/flexible diaphragms; response history analysis; base isolation & damping systems; soil-structure interaction (SSI); strength-based foundation design; foundations on liquefiable sites; modal response spectrum analysis; and simplified seismic design for site design class (SDC) B. Speakers from both the public and private sectors—all experts in their fields and active participants in the NEHRP Provisions update process—will be part of the one-day program agenda. View the full agenda.

The BSSC Colloquium is a great way for interested members of the structural engineering practitioners community to get up to speed on the 2015 NEHRP Provisions. Registration, which includes lunch, is $150 for Institute members and $175 for non-members. Register now.

Learn more about the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures.


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