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A Selection of Papers Chronicling Technical Achievements of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research



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by George C. Lee, Director,
Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research

The vision of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) is to help foster activities that will lead to more earthquake resilient communities. Its mission is to discover, nurture, develop, promote, help implement, and in some instances pilot test, innovative measures and advanced and emerging technologies to reduce losses in future earthquakes in a cost-effective manner. Research findings show that relatively new buildings and infrastructure that are designed and constructed to the current state-of-practice in earthquake engineering perform significantly better than older ones during earthquakes, and that the largest threat to society lies in the seismically vulnerable infrastructure designed and constructed at a time when earthquake-resistant design had not yet matured.

With that knowledge in mind, it is MCEER's view that the best way of achieving the stated vision of earthquake resilient communities in the short term is to invest in two focused system-integrated endeavors: the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure facilities that society will need and expect to be operational following an earthquake, more specifically hospitals and lifelines; and the improvement of emergency response and crisis management capabilities to ensure efficient response and appropriate recovery strategies following earthquakes.

MCEER works with the entire earthquake loss reduction community, which consists of practicing engineers and other design professionals, policy makers, regulators and code officials, facility and building owners, governmental entities, and other stakeholders who have responsibility for loss reduction decision making, to ensure that research results are implemented to improve safety and advance earthquake loss reduction for government, private industry, and the public-at-large.

The flowchart above schematically shows how the Center's research interests contribute collectively to achieve the vision of more earthquake resilient communities. The papers in this volume highlight efforts in intelligent response and recovery, hospitals, water and gas pipelines, electric power networks, and bridges and highways. These studies involve many different disciplines, whose work will cohesively join together toward successful implementation of design and retrofit techniques to protect urban infrastructures from earthquake damage.

This report is the third in our annual compilation of research progress and accomplishments.

If you would like more information on any of the studies presented herein, or on other MCEER research or educational activities, you are encouraged to contact us by telephone at (716) 645-3391, facsimile (716) 645-3399, or email at


Earthquake Motion Input and Its Dissemination Via the Internet (216kb)
     Apostolos S. Papageorgiou (Principal Author), Benedikt Halldorsson and
     Gang Dong
Overcoming Obstacles to Implementation: Addressing Political, Institutional and Behavioral Problems in Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Policies (178kb)
     Daniel J. Alesch and William J. Petak
Large Scale Experiments of Permanent Ground Deformation Effects on Steel Pipelines(316kb)
     Koji Yoshizaki, Thomas D. O¡¯Rourke, Timothy Bond, James Mason and
     Masanori Hamada
Experimental and Analytical Study of Base-Isolation for Electric Power Equipments (415kb)
     M. Ala Saadeghvaziri and Maria Q. Feng
Recommended Changes to the AASHTO Specifications for the Seismic Design of Highway Bridges (NCHRP Project 12-49)(204kb)
     Ian M. Friedland, Ronald L. Mayes and Michel Bruneau
Literature Review of the Observed Performance of Seismically Isolated Bridges (234kb)
     George C. Lee, Yasuo Kitane and Ian G. Buckle
A Risk-Based Methodology for Assessing the Seismic Performance of Highway Systems(184kb)
     Stuart D. Werner
Analysis, Testing and Initial Recommendations on Collapse Limit States of Frames (404kb)
     Darren Vian, Mettupalayam Sivaselvan, Michel Bruneau and 
     Andrei M. Reinhorn
Centrifuge-Based Evaluation of Pile Foundation Response to Lateral Spreading and Mitigation Strategies(405kb)
Ricardo Dobry, Tarek H. Abdoun and Thomas D. O¡¯Rourke
Analysis and Design of Buildings with Added Energy Dissipation Systems (964kb)
     Michael C. Constantinou, Gary F. Dargush, George C. Lee (Coordinating
    Author), Andrei  M. Reinhorn and Andrew S. Whittaker
Using Cost-Benefit Analysis to Evaluate Mitigation for Lifeline Systems (261kb)
     Howard Kunreuther (Coordinating Author), Chris Cyr, Patricia Grossi and
     Wendy Tao
Retrofit Strategies For Hospitals in the Eastern United States (225kb)
     George C. Lee, Mai Tong and Yasuhide Okuyama
Passive Site Remediation for Mitigation of Liquefaction Risk(195kb) 
     Patricia M. Gallagher and James K. Mitchell
Advanced GIS for Loss Estimation and Rapid Post-Earthquake Assessment of Building Damage(286kb)
     Thomas D. O¡¯Rourke, Sang-Soo Jeon, Ronald T. Eguchi and 
     Charles K. Huyck
Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of the Ataturk International Airport Terminal Building (411kb)
     Michael C. Constantinou, Andrew S. Whittaker and Emmanuel Velivasakis
Estimating Earthquake Losses for the Greater New York City Area(238kb) 
     Andrea S. Dargush (Coordinating Author), Michael Augustyniak, 
     George Deodatis, Klaus H.Jacob, George Mylonakis, Laura McGinty, 
     Guy J.P. Nordenson, Daniel O¡¯Brien, Scott Stanford, Bruce Swiren, 
     Michael W. Tantala and Sam Wear

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