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Partners’ Participation Adds to Coordination of MCEER Hospital Research
IAB Members, Investigators and Students Meet to Review/Plan Studies

Mosqueda in front of screen

Corbin at podium

Doug Taylor (Taylor Devices) drove in from his office in North Tonawanda, NY. Greg Meeuwsen (Trane) and Dick Sherren (Kinetics Noise Control) came from Wisconsin and Ohio, respectively. Jay Lewis (Terra Firm Earthquake Preparedness), Al LaRoche (ISAT Seismic Bracing), Jay Love (Degenkolb), Pat Marks (York), and others traveled the “information superhighway.”

Although they came from different points via different transportation, either in person or through cyberspace, all arrived at the same place for the same purpose: to take part in the review and planning of MCEER’s Thrust Area 2 (TA2) research program: Seismic Retrofit of Acute Care Facilities.

Held on December 16, 2005, at the University at Buffalo, MCEER’s TA2 Coordination meeting welcomed Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members, investigators, and students alike, for a day of technical presentations and discussions – all aimed at advancing the progress of structural and nonstructural studies within MCEER’s hospital research program. Together, more than 30 people participated.

The overall goal of MCEER’s hospital research is to ensure that acute care facilities – those necessary for emergency medical services – remain standing and fully functional following damaging earthquakes. To this end, studies focus on the performance of hospital buildings (structural), the protection of equipment and contents (nonstructural components), and the development of decision support models for use by hospital administrators and owners. The decision support models are tools to help hospital decision makers consider and evaluate seismic performance and protection upgrades in a “big picture” context that includes economic and other organizational concerns (see article).

Objectives of the meeting were to: (1) provide updates on the integrated research activities that are currently taking place toward the above goals, (2) review and discuss concepts for next year’s research, and (3) identify any specific research needs within the program.

Twelve presentations were made on progress of the current year’s research (10/1/2005 – 9/30/2006), and proposed further studies for the coming year, beginning October 1, 2006.

Presentations focused on seismic issues within the healthcare industry, including the performance of piping systems, fragility of nonstructural components (contents and equipment) and performance of these systems within structures equipped with seismic isolation or damper technologies, healthcare decision making and policy implementation, and evolutionary methods to assist decision making on seismic upgrades.

Members of MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network and the IAB can view the webcast and download presentations.

For more information, contact at (716) 645-5151



Welcoming Remarks and Introduction to MCEER Year 10 Funding Cycle, A. Filiatrault

Semi-Passive Control for Fail-safe Seismic Isolations, G. C. Lee, Z. Liang, T.C. Niu

Retrofit of Hospitals through Weakening and Damping, G.P. Cimellaro, H. Roh, A.M. Reinhorn

Experimental Comparison of the Seismic Response of Various Hospital Piping Systems, E. Maragakis, R. Corbin

Experimental Seismic Fragility of Nonstructural Components in Acute Care Facilities Sensitive to Full-scale Floor Motions, G. Mosqueda

Fragility Based Rehabilitation Decision Analysis, M. Grigoriu

Rehabilitation Decision Analysis: Capital Allocation Model, D. von Winterfeldt

Effective Policy Implementation, Healthcare Decision Making, and the Structural-Nonstructural Discontinuity, D.J. Alesch, L. Arendt, W.J. Petak

Evolutionary Methods for Decision Support, G.F. Dargush, Y. Hu, M.M. Grigoriev, M.L. Green, S. Dogruel, G. Apostolakis

Controlling Response of Structural and Nonstructural Components and Systems in Acute Care Facilities by Passive Displacement-Activated and Isolated Mechanisms, M. Bruneau

Performance of Secondary Systems in Structures with Seismic Protective Systems, M. C. Constantinou, D. Fenz, Y. Kalpakidis, A. Reinhorn, P. Tsopelas, P. Roussis, R. Buchanan

Integrated Design of Acute Care Facilities with Self-Centering Systems, A. Filiatrault, D. Wang

Experimental Seismic Fragility Assessment of Equipment in Acute Care Facilities, A. Filiatrault, A. Wanitkorkul, S. Fathali

The Bulletin is a free publication offering articles on Center research, cooperative ventures, reports from conferences, educational activities, upcoming events, and reviews of new MCEER publications Spring 2006

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