On Wednesday, January 28th, more than 50 engineers met at the offices of MACTEC to discuss progress with the pilot cities in the California Inventory project and to sign up for additional jurisdictions in southern California. Workshop attendees heard speakers describe various approaches to data collection in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Long Beach and San Francisco. These presentations will be posted online in the next few days.
Jointly sponsored by the EERI southern California chapter and SEAOSC, the workshop drew participants from around the region.
Check back next week for access to the online data collection form and to sign up for additional jurisdictions. Presentations from the workshop are available here.
Workshop Series to help determine HOW MANY ARE THERE?
Get involved! Help us estimate the number of pre-1980 concrete buildings in California! Come to a 2-hour workshop on JANUARY 28th in Los Angeles or FEBRUARY 24th in San Francisco.
The Concrete Coalition is a grassroots effort (see www.concretecoalition.org) to identify older concrete buildings that pose serious earthquake safety risks and to develop technically sound, economically feasible, and socially acceptable ways to fix them. This is the first in a series of workshops and seminars to bring you up-to-date on progress and to get your help in the future. Sessions will be held in Northern and Southern California with the assistance of the EERI Chapters and SEAOSC/SEAONC.
The focus of this 2 hour workshop will be on refining the estimate of the number of pre-1980 concrete buildings in California. The first step in understanding which of these buildings pose the greatest risk in earthquakes is to determine how many such buildings are in the state. Later efforts will identify those at the greatest risk. Participants will hear about significant progress on an inventory for the City of Los Angeles. They will also see how several pilot studies for other communities have developed estimates using a number of simple interesting techniques. The plan is to use similar techniques throughout the State to generate a complete picture of the number and distribution of pre-1980 concrete buildings in early 2009. Participants in the workshop will learn how they can contribute effectively to the effort.
If you are an architect, engineer, researcher, building official, planner, building owner/manager, public policy person, student, or anyone with an interest in the challenge posed by these buildings, you should be there. You will meet like-minded others to share ideas and information. All who have participated in the Concrete Coalition so far agree. It is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
The Los Angeles workshop is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28th, from 4 pm to 6 pm at MACTEC Engineering, 5628 E. Slauson Avenue, Commerce, California.
The San Francisco workshop is scheduled for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th from 5 pm to 7 pm at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Alcatraz Conference Room, The Landmark at One Market St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA.
Refreshments will be provided at both meetings. Agenda for the meetings available here: