MCEER Hosts 4th International Workshop
Researchers from Japan, Taiwan and the US collaborated on the seismic design and retrofit of transportation facilities
On March 13-16, 2006, MCEER hosted the Fourth International Workshop on Seismic Design and Retrofit of Transportation Facilities. The gathering follows previous workshops held jointly with professional engineers, researchers and educators from Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S. Thirty five people participated in the event, which was sponsored by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Phil Yen, FHWA Seismic Specialist, convened the group at the Westin San Francisco Airport hotel. The Japanese delegation was led by Kazuhiko Kawashima, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo. The delegation from Taiwan was led by K.C. Chang, NCREE, Taipei, Taiwan. Ian Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno and George Lee, University at Buffalo, welcomed the U.S. participants.
The workshop consisted of presentations and discussions with a major theme being the use of large-scale experimental facilities with a special session devoted to recently constructed facilities in Japan (NIED-E defense shake table in Miki), Taiwan (NCREE Strong Floor and Tri-Axial Seismic Simulator in Taipei) and the United States (NSF-NEES facilities located throughout the country).
The formal part of the workshop was followed by a two-day study tour to three of the NEES facilities in the San Francisco area, at the Universities of California at Berkeley and Davis, and the University of Nevada Reno.
The workshop concluded with the joint formulation of resolutions and goals for future international collaboration in the area of seismic design and retrofit of transportation facilities. Materials from the workshop are available from the MCEER website. A CD of the papers and presentations will be available in the near future.