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Urban Disaster Mitigation: The Role of Engineering and Technology

Urban Disaster Mitigation: The Role of Engineering and Technology, edited by Franklin Y. Cheng and Maw-Shyong Sheu, contains conference proceedings of the U.S.-Taiwan Joint Symposium/Workshop on Urban Disaster Mitigation and the Role of Engineering and Technology (sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation and Taiwan's National Science Council). Objectives of the symposium were to discuss lessons learned from recent natural disasters, assess the current state of knowledge and practice in various natural hazard areas and identify joint research opportunities for advancing this knowledge, stimulate future cooperative research on and development of subjects of common need and importance, and evaluate the results of Taiwan's multiple hazards research program and its practical implications for mitigation of such hazards in the U.S. Themes include seismology (4 papers), earthquake engineering (10 papers), landslides and rockslides (4 papers), flood engineering (4 papers) and socio-economic impact (2 papers). For additional information, contact Franklin Y. Cheng, Curators' Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO 65401; fax: (314) 341-4729. To order the report, contact Elsevier Science offices, phone: (914) 524-9200; fax: (914) 333-2444. The cost is $128.00.

Displacement Based Aseismic Design Charts for Rigid Walls

Displacement Based Aseismic Design Charts for Rigid Walls by S. Prakash, Y. Wu and E.A. Rafnsson is available from the Shamsher Prakash Foundation. The book contains charts to compute displacements for walls due to sliding and rocking under earthquakes. The walls considered are 4m - 10m high, ground motion of 0.1g - 0.5g, earthquake magnitudes of M5.25 - M8.5 and seven different types of base soils and three backfills with 3,675 possible combinations. This displacement-based design manual was developed for use by practicing engineers. The 110-page hardcover book can be ordered for $30.00 from the Shamsher Prakash Foundation, Anand Kutir, 1111 Duane Avenue, Rolla, Missouri 65401; phone: (314) 364-5572; fax (314) 364-5572 (*51); or email: prakash@novel.civil.umr.edu.

Three New Publications Available from CUREe

The Directory of Northridge Earthquake Research is the final, revised version of the January 1995 interim draft of the directory. The publication is a guidebook to research related to the Northridge earthquake. It includes a one-page project summary with information on how to contact the researcher as well as a brief abstract. It also includes an index.

The CUREe Symposium in Honor of George Housner, October 27 and 28, 1995, Pasadena, California documents the Symposium, which was co-sponsored by CUREe and the California Institute of Technology. Photos and one-page abstracts from each speaker, and historical photographs of Professor Housner and his colleagues, are included. The Symposium featured presentations by over 40 experts on subjects pioneered by George Housner, divided into the subject areas of historical review of the Housner Years, Ground Motion, Simulation of Structural Behavior, Design and Performance Criteria, Research into Practice, Special Structures and Systems, and Looking Into the Future.

Both reports are free while supplies last. To order, contact CUREe, 1301 S. 46th St., Richmond, California 94804-4698; phone: (510) 231-9557; fax: (510) 231-5664.

In addition to these reports, CUREe has produced a 1996 calendar. The calendar is $13.00 and can be ordered by contacting CUREe.

Research Needs Workshop Analysis: Design and Testing of Timber Structures Under Seismic Loads

The Proceedings from Research Needs Workshop: Analysis, Design and Testing of Timber Structures Under Seismic Loads edited by Dr. G.C. Foliente, are now available. The proceedings describe safety and serviceability of timber structures under seismic loads and identify problems and research needs in the analysis, design and testing of timber structures under seismic loads. The proceedings are available for $25. To obtain a copy or for more information, contact Dolores Triplett, University of California, Forest Products Laboratory, 1301 South 46th St., Richmond, CA 94804; phone: (510) 215-4200; fax: (510) 215-4299.

Reducing Earthquake Losses Throughout the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has announced the availability of the fact sheet series, Reducing Earthquake Losses Throughout the United States. The series documents how activities supported by the USGS component of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program contribute to the reduction of earthquake losses. The color-illustrated fact sheets highlight a wide range of loss mitigation actions that in various ways have been stimulated or facilitated by information derived and disseminated by the USGS and by collaborating government agencies, universities, consulting companies, and corporations.

The series currently includes the following titles:

Title Earthfax Doc. No
The Los Angeles Dam Story 7180
Speeding Earthquake Disaster Relief 7181
Averting Surprises in the Pacific Northwest 7182
The Mississippi Valley - "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" 7183
Utah Braces for the Future 7184
Pay a Little Now, or a Lot Later 7185
Seismic Maps Foster Landmark Legislation 7186
Building Safer Structures 7187
Saving Lives Through Better Design Standards 7188
Southern Californians Cope With Earthquakes 7189
Quake Forecasting - An Emerging Capability 7190

Copies of the sheets are available by mail from the Earthquake Information Hotline, U.S. Geological Survey, MS 977, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Fax copies without illustrations are accessible from Earthfax (the USGS fax-on-demand system); dial 1-800-USA-MAPS, press button 4, press button 4 again, and request individual sheets by their fax document numbers (see above). The sheets are also accessible via Internet from the World Wide Web home page address: http:// quake.wr.usgs.gov.

Third U.S.-Japan Conference on Corporate Earthquake Programs

The Third U.S.-Japan Conference on Corporate Earthquake Programs will be held at the Alumni Conference Center, College of Engineering, San Jose State University, San Jose on November 5-7, 1996. The objective of this conference is to improve the status of corporate earthquake preparedness programs by bringing together risk managers, earthquake hazard reduction practitioners, and researchers, from both the private and public sectors. The conference will facilitate technology transfer among the different individuals so that they can learn from each other, thus improving not only the state-of-the-art, but also the level of implementation of earthquake safety programs in the private sector. There will be special sessions devoted to the lessons from the Northridge earthquake and the Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) earthquake. Exhibits of technical products that have been developed for earthquake hazard reduction are also planned.

Papers are being solicited in one of the following four topical areas: (1) Development of Hazard Reduction Technologies; (2) Education & Training of Employees in Earthquake Safety & Hazard Reduction; (3) Emergency Preparedness & Planning; (4) The Private Sector and Community Earthquake Safety. The deadline for receipt of one page (250 words maximum) abstracts is April 29, 1996. The deadline for the full length paper is August 30, 1995. Please send abstracts to the following address: Dr. Steven Vukazich, San Jose State University, Department of Civil Engineering, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0083.

Manufacturers of products aimed at earthquake hazard reduction are invited to participate in the conference and also display their products during the Exhibits session.

Registration information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Steven Vukazich, phone: (408) 924-3858; fax: (408) 924-4004; email: vukazich@isc.sjsu.edu.

Fourth EPRI Conference on Disaster Preparedness

On March 12-14, 1996, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will convene the Fourth EPRI Conference on Disaster Preparedness in New York City. This conference is the fourth in a series initiated in 1990 which focuses on experiences by utilities in various disasters and issues related to disaster preparedness and recovery. Disasters addressed through this conference series have included tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and civil uprisings.

The 1996 conference will highlight disasters that have occurred since the third conference in 1994. Issues that will be discussed include disaster experiences, planning for disasters, public relations, expert planning insights, missions of assisting agencies, and available organizational assistance. The conference format will include expert panels and individual reports on these issues.

The conference targets utility executives, managers, and engineers who have responsibility for substations, overhead and underground transmission, and distribution. U.S. utility attendance is open to EPRI-member personnel only. Registration is $450 per person for EPRI members, U.S. government agencies, and academia; and $750 for all others. Proceedings will be published after the conference. A registration packet can be obtained by contacting Susan Bisetti, Conference Coordinator, EPRI, phone: (415) 855-7919, or fax: (415) 855-2041.

University of Missouri-Rolla Seeks Structural Engineering Faculty Member

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla invites applications for a tenure-track position in structural engineering. The position is available beginning mid-August 1996 and is intended to be filled at the rank of assistant professor but associate professor may be considered. Several strong research areas presently exist in the structures faculty group, including cold-formed steel, reinforced concrete, earthquake structures, building envelope systems, and emerging computing applications. Candidates applying for the position must have a BSCE and a doctorate in civil engineering with a strong background in the analysis and design of earthquake-resistant structures. A preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated capacity in one or more of the following specialties: structural control, structural optimization, experimental work, finite element, and smart structures.

The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty in developing a funded research program, ongoing research projects, or formulating new initiatives. Applications should be submitted with a statement of interest and goals, a complete curriculum vitae and names of three references to: Dr. Franklin Y. Cheng, Search Committee Chair, Curators' Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1870 Miner Circle, Rolla, MO 65409-0030. Closing date for applications is April 15, 1996. University of Missouri-Rolla is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Damage to Steel Building Structures

The Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) has released its special report, Damage to Steel Building Structures, on the 1995 Kobe (Hyogoken-Nambu, or Hanshin) earthquake. This report is a companion to the previously published AIJ Preliminary Reconnaissance Report on the earthquake, which reported broadly on damage of all kinds in the earthquake. The Damage to Steel Building Structures report documents numerous types of steel moment frame and braced frame buildings with varying levels of damage up to and including collapse. The information is based on the AIJ detailed survey of 988 buildings. Three hundred and twenty four high-quality color photographs depict overall views of buildings as well as close-ups of fractures, buckling and other damage. An accompanying 20-page abridged English translation includes table headings, summary information and all photo captions. Copies of the 167-page Kobe earthquake report can be ordered for $75.00 (orders from within California add 8.5% sales tax or other locally applicable amount), by mailing a check or money order to: California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREe), 1301 S. 46th St., Richmond, CA 94804; phone: (510) 231-9557; fax: (510) 231-9557.

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