MCEER/NCEER Bulletin Articles: Administrative Mtgs
Highway Seismic Research Council
by Ian M. Friedland
The Annual Meeting of NCEER Highway Project participants was held on October 5-7, 1995 in Buffalo, New York. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for the members of the Highway Seismic Research Council (HSRC), the project advisory committee, to review research progress and results, provide recommendations on future work, and assist in coordinating Highway Project studies and deliverables with other earthquake research programs and end-user implementation organizations. The meeting was well attended by both HSRC members and project researchers.
The meeting convened with a welcome by NCEER Director George Lee and a review of the preceding years progress and accomplishments by NCEER Deputy Director Ian Buckle. Presentations were then made on several important Highway Project studies. These included the following:
- Demonstration Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of the Highway System in Memphis Tennessee, by Stuart Werner - The core of a methodology to conduct seismic vulnerability assessment of a highway system or region has been developed and a demonstration of its use was prepared. (See related article on page 1 of this issue.)
- Review of Seismic Design Criteria and Philosophies, by Christopher Rojahn - A comprehensive review was conducted of U.S. and international seismic design practice and criteria, ongoing research in criteria development, and the philosophies behind the seismic resistant design of highways, bridges, tunnels, slopes, and retaining structures. The result of this review will be used as the basis for the development of the next generation of seismic design codes for highway systems and structural components.
- National Ground Motion Mapping Workshop, by Maurice Power - To ensure that the needs of the highway engineering community are adequately addressed in the next generation of seismic ground motion maps, the Highway Project sponsored the participation of 10 bridge and geotechnical/geosciences engineers in the ATC-35 Workshop.
- Liquefaction Hazard Screening Guide, by T.L. Youd - A draft screening guide for the identification of liquefaction hazards at bridge sites has been developed. The guide is currently undergoing a review by a number of project participants and is being tested by the Utah Department of Transportation.
Following these presentations, a series of overview presentations were made on the progress within each major project technical area. This was then following by working group meetings in each area which provided for in-depth discussion on each research task, including the research approach and expected end-products. Presentations and working group sessions were coordinated by members of the Highway Project Research Committee as follows: Maurice Power - Seismic Hazard and Ground Motion; John Mander - Design Issues and Details; Ian Buckle - Performance and Design Criteria, and Analysis and Protective Systems; Masanobu Shinozuka - Fragility and Risk; and Geoffrey Martin - Foundations and Soils.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the HSRC provided a report noting it's comments and recommendations with respect to Highway Project direction along with individual research tasks. Researchers were congratulated for their efforts and progress made to date, and suggestions regarding the need for improved coordination in several technical areas were provided.
NCEER Bulletin, Vol. 9, No. 4, October 1995