Seismic Vulnerability of the Highway System

Task G3-2: Second International Workshop on Mitigation of Seismic Effects of Transportation Structures
Subject Area: Technology Exchange and Transfer

Principal Investigator(s) and Institution(s)
Ian Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno

Objective and Approach:

The second international workshop on the mitigation of seismic effects on transportation structures will be held in Taipei, Taiwan on September 13 15, 2000.  The host institution for the meeting will be the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCREE) in Taipei.  This is the second workshop to be organized by NCREE on this topic, the first one being held in Taipei in July 1999.  It will again provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of information about recent and future developments in the mitigation of seismic effects on transportation structures, and the promotion of international cooperation and research in this area.  Participating countries include Japan, United States, and Taiwan.

The Workshop will comprise a two-day meeting in Taipei and a one-day study tour to Taichung and Nantou Counties to examine the recovery of transportation systems since the 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake.  Six themes have been identified for the meeting:

         Impact of near-fault ground motions on transportation structures

         Post-earthquake condition assessment of transportation systems

         Decision support technologies for emergency response

         Impacts of recent earthquakes on design and retrofit philosophy

         Screening, evaluation and retrofitting of transportation structures

         Performance of transportation structures in recent damaging earthquakes

Funds provided under this task will be used for the travel and accommodation of nine members of the U.S. delegation.  Participation by FHWA engineers is also expected.  Local costs associated with the Taichung study tour will be covered by the host institution.

Anticipated Start Date and Duration
August 1, 2000   6 Months