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Passive Energy Dissipation for Seismic/Wind Design and Retrofit

NCEER and the Earthquake Engineering Research Center at the University of California/Berkeley are presenting a series of short courses entitled Passive Energy Dissipation for Seismic/Wind Design and Retrofit. The 2?day course is designed to provide practicing structural engineers and design professionals with a basic understanding of the principles of energy dissipation devices and their design procedures. Application to new structures and retrofit of existing structures will be addressed under seismic or wind load. Case studies will be presented.

An optional half-day field trip will allow participants to visit sites where passive energy dissipation devices are being tested or implemented. The course will be offered at multiple sites at the following locations:

Los Angeles August 22-24, 1996
Seattle September 12-14, 1996
New York City September 26-28, 1996
San Francisco October 24-26, 1996

This short course series involves a number of individuals prominently involved in NCEER's long-standing program in structural control and is the first in NCEER's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) program. Technical coordinators for the program are T.T. Soong (NCEER) and Andrew Whittaker (EERC). Other participating instructors include: Ian Aiken, Finley Charney, M.C. Constantinou, G.F. Dargush, James Kelly, John Mander and Andrei Reinhorn. To register or for more information, contact Andrea Dargush, Assistant Director for Research and Education, at NCEER, University at Buffalo, 107 Red Jacket, Buffalo, NY 14261-0025; phone: (716) 645-3391; fax: (716) 645-3399; email: dargush@acsu.buffalo.edu. Information on this short course and the PACE program may also be found on NCEER's web site at: .

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