Full Program


8:00AM – 5:00PM


EERI Board Meeting

EERI Regional Chapter Meetings

SDC Activities

5:00PM - 5:30PM


5:30PM – 7:30PM

Welcome Reception

Location:  Parq Prefunction Area

6:00PM – 8:00PM

SDC Auction and Reception

Location: Parq Prefunction Area


8:00AM – 9:30AM

Meet the Leaders Breakfast for Younger Members

 (by invitation)

Location: Parq Salon B&C

At this year’s EERI Annual Meeting, the EERI Younger Members Committee is hosting a breakfast event for Young Professionals and Academics! During this session, younger members will identify a leader they wish to meet, and join the leader at their numbered table for a 30-minute discussion about their experiences within the earthquake engineering industry and EERI community. We encourage younger members to ask leaders beneficial ways to get involved within the EERI.

7:30AM – 9:30AM

Registration & Light Continental Breakfast

Location: Parq Grand Ballroom Prefunction Area

8:00AM – 9:30AM

EERI Committee Meetings


9:30AM – 10:00AM

Annual Meeting Welcome

EERI President and First Nations Welcome

Location:  Parq Salon E&F

10:00AM – 11:30AM


Welcome to Vancouver

This session will introduce the meeting theme, provide an overview of the status of earthquake mitigation in Vancouver and British Columbia; highlight a current BC wide Earthquake Risk Analysis using the Global Earthquake Model; and introduce the plan for the workshop sessions during the meeting.

Moderators:  Kate Thibert, RJC and John Sherstobitoff, Auscenco

Location:  Parq Salon E&F

Download Stephanie E. Chang Presentation     Download John Sherstobitoff Presentation     Download Journeay Presentation



Coffee Break


12:00PM – 2:00PM

Lunch - EERI Distinguished Lecture

Title:        Liquefaction:  Lessons, challenges, and opportunities

Speaker: Ross Boulanger, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Davis

Location: Parq Salon E&F


Liquefaction during earthquakes has been the subject of extensive study for over half a century and is now routinely addressed in engineering practice using a wide range of technical approaches that depend on the project size and importance. These past studies have produced major advances in our scientific understanding of liquefaction phenomena and the engineering practices used to address liquefaction hazards, but there remain numerous situations where knowledge gaps and engineering practice limitations hinder the efficient mitigation of earthquake-induced liquefaction damages to our infrastructure and communities. This presentation examines a number of lessons, challenges, and opportunities regarding the evaluation and mitigation of liquefaction hazards, including aspects of site characterization, engineering analysis methods, challenging soil types, remediation methods, performance-based engineering procedures, and risk management approaches. 

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2:00PM – 3:30PM

Technical Session 3A

Title:                       Improving New and Existing Building Performance

Moderator:            John Sherstobitoff, Ausenco and Carlos Molina Hutt, UBC


  • Ibrahim Almulfti, Arup; "Univeristy of British Columbia Seismic Risk and Resilience Study, with focus on Detailed Collapse Assessments of several buildings" Download Presentation
  • Ken Elwood, University of Auckland; "Residual capacity, and designing for post-earthquake repairability" Download Presentation
  • Jim Malley, Degenkolb; "Characteristics and Seismic Performance of Tall Buildings in San Francisco Estimated with Nonlinear Analyses" Download Presentation
  • Perry Adebar, UBC; "Increasing the Resilience of New and Existing Highrise Buildings in Vancouver" Download Presentation
  • John Hooper, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; "Performance expectations of new tall building construction" Download Presentation
  • Tony Yang, University of British Columbia; "Development and implementation of high performance earthquake resilient structural systems" Download Presentation

Location:              Parq D

The focus of this session is on improving the seismic performance of new and existing buildings. Presentations on new building will focus on quantifying the performance expectations of new construction, as well as the development and implementation of high performance resilient structural systems. Presentations on existing buildings will focus on older seismically vulnerable steel moment resisting frames, prevalent in the west coast of the US, and non-ductile RC shear wall buildings, common in the west coast of Canada. This session will culminate with a discussion on the residual building capacity and design of post-earthquake reparability, drawing on experience from recent earthquakes in New Zealand.


2:00PM – 3:30PM

Technical Session 6A

Title:                       Performance Based Design and Resiliency of Utilties and Bridges

Moderator:           Saqib Khan, McElhanney Consulting


  • Prof. Saiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno; "Designing for bridge seismic resiliency with novel materials" Download Presentation
  • Prof. Mervyn Kowalsky, North Carolina University; "Recent Developments in Performance-Based Seismic Design Methods for Bridges" Download Presentation
  • Don Kennedy, Associated Engineering; "Implementation of Performance Based Design in the 2014 Canadian Bridge Design Code" Download Presentation
  • Prof. Johnathan Bray, University of California, Berkeley; "Performance Based Probabilistic Seismic Slope Displacement Procedure" Download Presentation
  • Prof. Kyle Rollins, Brigham Young University; "Passive force-deflection relationships for skewed and non-skewed bridge abutments" Download Presentation
  • Danielle Mieler, City of San Francisco; "Post-Earthquake Restoration of San Francisco’s Interconnected Lifelines" Download Presentation

“Resilience” is a ubiquitous term, but most applications are broad, conceptual, or both. This session offers specific examples of how local jurisdictions have assessed and/or addressed their seismic vulnerabilities with respect to their critical functions. Panel will describe challenges, opportunities, and actions, offering specific examples of how agencies/jurisdictions have responded to seismic hazards.

Location:               Parq B&C

2:00PM – 3:30PM

EERI Session 8C

Title:                       Measuring the Resilience of Businesses after Earthquakes,

Moderator:            Zoe Yin, EERI


  • Michael Meiler, Arup
  • Yu Xiao, Portland State University
  • Omar Plata, Rinnie & Peterson; "Survey Implementation Protocol"

Location:                 Parq A

In this session, the LFE Business Resilience group will showcase the series of post-earthquake business resilience surveys developed and piloted following the South Napa and Cushing Oklahoma earthquakes. Business resilience survey developers will give an overview of the survey objectives, methodology, and implementation. 

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3:30PM – 4:00PM


4:00PM - 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop 3B

Title:   Improving New Building Performance - Codes vs. Cost/Benefit Data vs. Resilience Ratings

Moderator:  John Shertobitoff, Ausenco, and Carlos Molina Hutt, University of British Columbia


  • John Sherstobitoff, Auscenco 
  • Ken Elwood, University of Auckland
  • Evan Reis, US Resiliency Council
  • Tony Yang, University of British Columbia
  • Dave Brundson, Consultant, New Zealand
  • Keith Porter, University of British Columbia
  • Jim Malley, Degenkolb
  • John Hooper, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Perry Adebar, University of British Columbia

Location:    Fairview 1-4

The technical session on Improving New and Existing Building Performance showcased technical solutions to achieve enhanced building performance. In contrast, this workshop provides and opportunity to discuss the different mechanisms we can collectively pursue to achieve this goal, with a focus on new buildings. How can we challenge the current status quo? Should enhanced seismic performance be achieved with code changes (or other policy?) Should it be market driven (cost/benefit analysis)? What role do resilience ratings play? A mixed panel of industry and researchers, who will bring perspectives for Canada, the US, New Zealand and China will help get the conversation started.

4:00PM – 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop 6B

Title:                       Performance Based Design and Resiliency of Utilities & Bridges



  • Prof. Saiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Prof. Mervyn Kowalsky, North Carolina University
  • Don Kennedy, Associated Engineering
  • Prof. Johnathan Bray, University of California, Berkeley
  • Prof. Kyle Rollins, Brigham Young University
  • Danielle Mieler, City of San Francisco




EERI Committee Meetings


7:00AM – 9:00AM

EERI Committee Meetings

9:00AM – 10:00AM

Joyner Lecture

Title:  Simulating Realistic Earthquake Ground Motions

Speaker:  Robert W. Graves, USGS

10:00AM – 10:30AM

Coffee Break

 10:30AM - 12:00PM

Technical Session 8A

Title:                       New Technologies and Instrumentation



  • Maximilian Dixon, Washington State Military Department; "ShakeAlert, US West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System" Download Presentation
  • Carlos Ventura, UBC; "Bridge Monitoring & Early Warning Systems in Canada" Download Presentation
  • Ruben Boroschek, Universidad de Chile; "Instrumentation of Tall Buildings, a Journey to the Future" Download Presentation
  • Fae Azhari, University of Toronto; "Smart Infrastructures: New Horizons in Sensing Technologies" Download Presentation
  • Hamed Ebrahimian, SC Solutions Inc.; "Internet of Infrastructures: The Integration of Models, Data, and Virtual Computing for Operational Monitoring and Post-Disaster Emergency Response Management" Download Presentation

Location:                Parq D

This session is focusing on the recent advancements in seismotectonics and live monitoring of the earthquake activities. The topics expand upon the current state of the Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) systems in the west coast of both the United States and Canada. Additionally, instrumentation of bridges and tall buildings for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) purposes, damage detection, and early failure warnings are covered, focusing on the current practices in both North and South America. The cutting edge developments of sensing technologies and the innovative concepts such as Internet of Infrastructures (IOI) are discussed.

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Technical Session 5A

Title:                       Post-Earthquake Response and Recovery

Moderator:             Steven Bibby, BC Housing Download Presentation


Location:                Parq B&C

This session explores recent developments and applications in seismic safety and planning that cover the spectrum from pre-event through recovery, including policy development, early warning, estimating fire following earthquakes, and scarce resource allocation after an earthquake. Specific assessments, methods and tools will be presented.

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Technical Session 6C

Title:                      Learning from Earthquakes: Lessons and Impacts from recent earthquakes in Northern Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Indonesia

Moderator:           Charles Huyck, ImageCat


  • Manny Hakhamaneshi, California Department of Transportation/EERI LFE VERT; "Overview of VERT and virtual responses for recent earthquakes" Download Presentation
  • Ashly Morales-Cartagena, Oficina Nacional de Evaluacion Sismica y Vulnerabilidad de Infraestructura y Edificaciones (ONESVIE); "Impacts of the M5.2 September 23, 2018 Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic Earthquake"
  • Guillermo Diaz-Fanas, WSP
  • Joe Wartman, University of Washington/GEER; "Geotechnical Impacts of the M7.5 September 28, 2018 Palu, Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami" Download Presentation
  • Ioan Nistor, University of Ottawa Download Presentation
  • Rob Kayen, UC Berkeley/GEER Download Presentation

Location:              Parq C


12:00PM - 2:00PM

Luncheon and EERI Honors Ceremony/ Annual Business Meeting

Location:    Parq E & F

2:00PM - 3:30PM

(Concurrent Session)

Interactive Workshop 8B

Title:                       New Technologies and Instrumentation

Moderators:          Ioan Nestor, University of Ottawa

                               Teron Moore, Innovations Centre, Ocean Networks Canada


  • Ioan Nestor, University of Ottawa
  • Fiona Dercole, North Shore Emergency Management
  • Danny Smutylo, UBC Emergency Management
  • Yavuz Kaya, BC Ministry of Transportation
  • Teron Moore, Innovations Centre, Ocean Networks Canada

Location:              Parq D

Many of the guidelines and recommendations for the design of earthquake resistant structures were developed based on knowledge and experience gained from earthquakes occurring in Southern California. These events tend to be short in duration and contribute mainly to the response of short period structures. Recent subduction earthquakes have subjected structures to ground shaking with much longer duration. Earthquake generated hazards in the Pacific Northwest have the potential to cause long duration shaking and have a significant contribution to the response of long period structures. Geotechnical and structural design implications will be discussed as they pertain to long duration shaking for both short and long period structures.

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2:00PM – 3:30PM

Interactive Workshop 5B

Title:                       Post-Earthquake Response and Recovery

Moderator:             Steven Bibby, BC Housing


  • Steven Bibby, BC Housing
  • Dave Brundson, New Zealand-Kestrel
  • Scott Nacheman, NCSEA-SEER
  • Bret Lizundia, RUTHERFORD + CHEKENE
  • Peter Mitchell, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Location:                    Parq B&C

This session provides international perspectives on the information needs and tools to provide to EERI & other experts so that they could assist with the response and recovery from an earthquake. The plenary will expand on the earlier Technical session 5A which provides an overview of the procedures, legislation, and options that exist, and a technical overview of various damage assessment programs such as Applied Technology Council (ATC), California Safety Assessment Program (SAP), National Council of Structural Engineering Associations (NCSEA-SEER), International Code Council (ICC), New Zealand Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (NZ-MBIE), and BC Housing.



2:00PM – 3:30PM

Technical Session 7A

Title:                       From Plans to Policy to Action: Reducing Risk in the Existing Building Stock

Moderator:            Micah Hilt, City of Vancouver


  • Katie McPherson, 

    Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver; Seismic Resilience, "Resilience Planning, and Action on Reducing Risk"


    Micah Hilt, City of Vancouver; "Reducing Seismic Risk in Vancouver" Download Presentation
  • Andrew Salmon-Pape, Building and Safety Standards Branch Office of Housing and Construction Standards Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing; "Province of BC Existing Buildings Strategy" Download Presentation
  • Nancy Devine, City of Seattle; "Moving Action on URM Policy" Download Presentation
  • Ibrahim Almufti, Arup San Francisco; "UBC's Risk Assessment" Download Presentation
  • Janiele Maffei, California Earthquake Authority; "Insurance and Mitigation - How to Incentivize Action" Download Presentation
  • Carlos Molina Hutt, University of British Colulmbia, and Danielle Hutchings Mieler, City and County of San Francisco - Office of Resilience and Capital Planning; "Seismic Risk and Tall Building" Download Presentation

Location:            Parq C

This panel will explore the intersections between citywide resilience and seismic risk reduction policy, the key elements of designing and executing earthquake policies looking at case studies, and consider the work coming in British Columbia to build resilience and advance seismic risk reduction in buildings.


3:30PM – 4:00PM

Coffee Break


4:00PM – 5:30PM

Technical Session 2A

Title:                      What are the Thresholds of Disaster Recovery? Connecting the dots between theory, models and practice

Moderator:             Murray Journeay, Geological Survey of Canada, NRCan


Location:                Parq D

The session will explore how analytic models and performance-based indicator frameworks can inform seismic retrofit policies, and the development of broader disaster resilience strategies at local and regional scales, It will offer insights from risk modellers who are generating indicator frameworks to measure recovery pathways; and from those who are using the outputs of these models to inform disaster resilience strategies in the context community planning. A key part of the presentations will be on the required incentives to shift current behaviors and empower decisions that build disaster resilience on the ground. There will be adequate time for discussions with audience engagement after the presentations.

4:00PM – 5:30PM

Interactive Workshop 7B

Title:                      Challenges and Opportunities to Scale-up Actions that Reduce Risk and Build Resilience in Existing Buildings

Moderator:            Micah Hilt, City of Vancouver


  • Katie McPherson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver
  • Andrew Salmon-Pape, Executive Director, Building and Safety Standards Branch Office of Housing and Construction Standards Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Nancy Devine, Senior Structural Plans Engineer, City of Seattle
  • Ibrahim Almufti, Risk and Resilience Leader, Arup San Francisco
  • Janiele Maffei, Chief Mitigation Officer at California Earthquake Authority
  • Carlos Molina Hutt, Assistant Professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering, University of British Columbia Download Presentation
  • Danielle Hutchings Mieler, Principal Resilience Analyst, City and County of San Francisco - Office of Resilience and Capital Planning Download Presentation

Location:               Parq A&B

Download Presentation

4:00PM – 5:30PM

EERI Session 5C

Title:                       Exploring the LFE Resilience Reconnaissance Framework in the Context of the Puebla-Morelos Earthquake,


  • Erik Bishop, Reid Middleton
  • Dana Brechwald, Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Veronica Cedillos, GeoHazards International
  • Rebecca Laberenne, 100 Resilient Cities
  • Debra Murphy, Slate Geotechnical Consultants
  • Karl Telleen, Maffei Structural Engineering

Location:              Parq A

Refinements to the LFE Resilience Reconnaissance Framework: A Case Study of its implementation in Mexico following the Puebla-Morelos Earthquake by the Housner Fellows (include how this fits with new directions of LFE)

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5:30PM – 7:00

EERI Committee Meetings


5:30PM – 7:00PM

Poster Session and Reception


7:00PM – 8:30PM

Subscribing Member and Donor Reception

(by invitation only)


7:30AM – 9:00AM

EERI Committee Meetings



9:00AM – 10:30AM

Interactive Workshop 2B

Title:                       Connecting the Dots: Seismic Resilience through Inter-Disciplinary Synergy

Moderator: Nicky Hastings, Geological Survey of Canada


  • Murray Journeay, Geological Survey of Canada
  • Fiona Dercole, North Shore Emergency Management
  • Nicky Hastings, Geological Survey of Canada
  • Paul Chouinard, Defense Research Development Canada
  • Doug Hales, Contractor

Location:               Parq A&B

9:00AM – 10:30AM

Technical Session 3C

Title:                       Learning from Earthquakes: M7.0 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake                  


Location:               Parq C

The session will present findings and observations from the November 30, 2018 M7.0 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake.

9:00AM – 10:30AM

Interactive Workshop 7C

Title:                       Recent Legislative Policy Outcomes in Support of Earthquake Risk Reduction


  • Zahraa Saiyed. Scyma Design and Consulting
  • Chris Poland, Consulting Engineer


 Location:              Parq D

In this panel session, audience members will hear about recent legislative successes and challenges as the local, state, and national level. Featured panelist, Emellia Zamani, Legislative Director for Assemblymember Nazarian (CA-46), will discuss the legislative process as it relates to seismic issues in California. Audience members will learn about the accomplishments of EERI's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and where the committee is headed for the Institute's future in advocating for earthquake safety policy.

10:30AM -11:00AM

Coffee Break

11:00AM - 12:00AM


Title:                       Summarizing Workshop Outcomes, Lessons Learned, Call to Action


  • Jessica Shoubridge, Thrive Consulting
  • Susanna Haas, Lyons Consultant

Location:               Parq E&F

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12:00PM - 12:30PM


12:30PM - 2:00PM


EERI-FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellow Presentations Seismic Design Competition Award Ceremony


  • Anne Hulsey, Stanford University Download Presentation
  • Trevor Carey, University of California, Davis Download Presentation
  • Shannon Spiers, Stanford University, SLC Co-President
  • Cristina Iordache, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, SLC Co-President

Location:                  Parq E&F

2:30PM - 5:30PM

Field Trips

Katie McPherson

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver


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