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Workshop Explores Barriers to Implementing Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Measures

MCEER researchers Bill Petak, University of Southern California, and Dan Alesch, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, convened a workshop to solicit input from members of the practicing earthquake engineering community for a guideline document on overcoming barriers to implementing earthquake hazard mitigation measures. The workshop was held March 12, 2001 at Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, California. The guideline document is the product of a research task supported by MCEER.

Participants engaged in open discussion about the content and usefulness of the guidelines document, which identifies and categorizes barriers that occur throughout the implementation cycle. Overall, the group found the substance to be interesting and useful. A number of suggestions were made which would significantly improve the outcome of the research effort and make it more relevant to the practicing professional community. These suggestions are currently being addressed, and an MCEER technical report is being prepared.

A paper that summarizes this research effort is included in this year's Research Progress and Accomplishments volume, and can be viewed at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/publications/ 
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