Several MCEER researchers from the University at Buffalo joined with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) New York City Metropolitan Section Infrastructure Group and the Polytechnic University Civil Engineering Department in a Technical Seminar & Exhibition on Performance Based Earthquake Engineering & Seismic Retrofit of Structures. The program took place March 22-25, 2004 at the Polytechnic University. It was attended by more than 150 practicing engineers.
MCEER researchers teamed up on the evening of March 23 for a series of presentations. Michel Bruneau began the session with an overview of NSF's George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program, and the $21.2 million NEES laboratory at the University at Buffalo. Andrew Whittaker discussed performance-based design, Michael Constantinou presented information on seismic isolation systems and Andre Filiatrault discussed energy dissipating and innovative self-centering systems. MCEER Partner Mohammed Ettouney of Weidlinger Associates also spoke.
The following evening, Bruneau presented information on the “Seismic Resistance of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings,” a topic pertinent to New York City, which has many unreinforced masonry buildings.
MCEER, a sponsor of the Seminar, also hosted an informational exhibit.