2004 Annual Meeting
Los Angeles, California
January 14 - 16, 2004

Practitioners Day
Thrust Area Breakout Sessions
“Challenging Research/Implementation Issues”

Research Thrust Area 2: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care/Hospital Facilities

Thursday, January 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Session Chair: Andrew Whittaker, University at Buffalo

Session Recorder : Amjad Aref, University at Buffalo

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Opening Remarks

Andrew Whittaker Session Chair


Implications of the Puente Hills Thrust Fault for Current Building Code Ground Motion Requirements

Paul Somerville


Challenging Issues:

  • Effect of Near-Fault Directivity Pulses in Ground Motions on Hospital Structures

Conventional Design vs Damper-PBD Design for Hospital-Essential Structures

Kit Miyamoto

Marr Shaffer & Miyamoto, Inc.

Challenging Issues:

  • Limitation of Conventional Design in Hospital/Essential Structures

Design Construction Inspection Responsibility for the Installation of Nonstructural Elements

Richard Hess

Hess Engineering, Inc.

Challenging Issues:

  • Where is the link between research and actual field conditions and installation practices?

  • How often do research test set-ups conform to space and existing material conditions found in the field?

  • Why do the people writing research papers spend their time in the lab with their computers instead of examining and designing actual installations?

Challenges in Determining the Fragilities of Nonstructural Components and Systems

Robert Bachman

Robert E. Bachman Consulting Structural Engineer

Challenging Issues:

  • Fragilities of Nonstructural Components and Systems

  • Adequate Testing Facilities and Test Protocols for Nonstructural Components

  • Lack of a Central Trade Organization for Nonstructural Components (No ACI, PCA, AISC, AISI)


Additional Challenging Issues & Discussion

Scott Campbell

(IAB) Kinetics Noise Control

  • Testing Procedures for Restraints

Eric Elsesser

Forell/Elsesser Engineers

  • Preparing Reviewing Agency for New Ideas

  • Characteristics of Future Structural Systems

Paul Hough (IAB)

Armstrong World Industries, Inc.

  • Putting Research Advances into Practice

  • An Effective Way to Get Advances into the Building Codes

Martin W. Johnson

ABS Consulting, Inc

  • The 2,500-year earthquake is it too much, too little, or just right?

  • Nonstructural Design Standards for Base-Isolated Buildings

David Lee (IAB)
Taylor Devices, Inc.

  • Use of Energy Absorption

Peter Lee (IAB) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

  • Incentives for Higher Seismic Performance in Hospital Structures

Jay Lewis (IAB) Terra Firm Earthquake Preparedness

  • Moderating the Cyclical Nature of the Seismic Risk Mitigation Industry

  • Getting Consistent Government Policy on Earthquake Resilient Construction

Andrew Taylor (IAB) KPFF Consulting Engineers

  • Practical and Economical Seismic Protection of Nonstructural Components, Systems, and Building Contents

  • Improved Methods for Evaluating Material Properties and Structural Details in Existing Buildings

  • Removing Barriers to the Implementation of Base Isolation and Supplemental Damping: Regulatory, Institutional and Economic

Discussion on Challenging Issues as Submitted by Practitioners


Additional Practitioner Participants:

David Dickson, Dynamic Isolation Systems (IAB)

Chris Hickman, KPFF Consulting Engineers

Paul Hofland, Forell/Elsesser Engineers

R. Jay Love, Degenkolb Engineers (IAB)

Pat Moyer, Dynamic Isolation Systems (IAB)

Bob Reitherman, CUREE

Kurt Schaefer, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Mark Sereci, Digitexx Data Systems, Inc.

Christos Tokas, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Tom Zemanek, Enidine Structures (IAB)

Recap of Discussions on Challenging Issues

Session Chair, et. al.





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