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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2007

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Symposium on Multi-Hazard Engineering to Focus on Infrastructure Issues

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A Symposium on Emerging Developments in Multi-Hazard Engineering, organized jointly by the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of ASCE and MCEER, will be held on September 18, 2007 at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York City.

Speakers and Topics

Session 1: Welcome and Opening Remarks
AEI Strategy For Multi-Hazard Engineering
Amar Chaker, AEI, and

The 4 R’s of Resilience and Multi-Hazard Engineering
Michel Bruneau, MCEER

Session 2: On Application of Theory of Multi-Hazards to Bridge Design, Analysis, and Monitoring
Sreenivas Alampalli, New York State Department of Transportation and Mohammed Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Session 3: Assessment and Mitigation of Risk from Competing Low-Probability, High-Consequence Hazards
Bruce R. Ellingwood, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session 4: System Performance under Multi-Hazards
Mircea Grigoriu, Cornell University

Session 5: A Framework for Risk Assessment of Infrastructure in a Multi-Hazard Environment
Stephanie King, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Session 6: Lessons from 9/11 and Katrina
Paul F. Mlakar, U.S. Army Research and Development Center

Session 7: The Need for Integrated Multi-Hazard Engineering Design Solutions to Enhance Disaster Resilience
Michel Bruneau, MCEER

Session 8: A Need for Risk-Consistent Approach to Multi-Hazard Engineering
Vilas Mujumdar, National Science Foundation

Session 9: Lessons Learned for Multi-Hazards in New York City and Los Angeles
Thomas O’Rourke, Cornell University

Session 10: Risk Management Series and FEMA Multi-Hazards Risk Management Assessments
Milagros Kennett, FEMA/Department of Homeland Security

Session 11: Critical Issues in Achieving a Resilient Transportation Infrastructure
Joseph Englot and Ted Zoli, HNTB Corporation

Session 12: Theory of Multi-Hazards: A Quantification Procedure to the Process
Mohammed Ettouney, Weidlinger Associaties, Inc.

Session 13: Expert Panel: Identifying the Path(s) Forward for Multi-Hazard Engineering
Panel members: Bruce R. Ellingwood, Joseph Englot, Milagros Kennett, Vilas Mujumdar and Thomas O’Rourke

The Symposium will address different facets of multi-hazard considerations in infrastructure applications and aims to establish the quantitative methods and guidelines that are needed to promote their use.

Nationally recognized researchers and practitioners will discuss a variety of solutions and applications, including adapting technologies developed for a specific hazard to solve multi-hazard problems, and developing new technologies to mitigate a variety of threats.

Different fields of engineering such as risk, reliability, design, analysis, cost-benefit, life-cycle costs and structural health monitoring will be addressed from a multi-hazard point of view. The specific hazards that impact the performance of the civil infrastructure, such as blast, earthquake, wind, flood, and wave surge will be integrated in the discussons.

This Symposium is intended to highlight recent engineering advances in the new field of multi-hazards engineering. The organizers believe that the utilization/furthering of these technologies for use in multi-hazards engineering will help to reduce overall costs while maintaining or increasing safety levels.

The Symposium website has more information. Early bird registration is available through September 4, 2007.