The local Vancouver Organizing Committee is planning several interesting field trips, including the following:

  • University of British Columbia lab tour - The UBC lab tour will be a guided tour of the testing facilities including the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF), the structural testing laboratory, and the SIERA: Sustainable Infrastructure Research Group testing facility. This tour will include a shake table testing demo using the Multi-Axis Shake Table (MAST) at EERF.  Tour attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss the current/ongoing experimental works with the research staff and the graduate students at the facility. This tour will also visit the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA), which is currently undergoing a major seismic retrofit. As part of this seismic upgrade, the entire building will be base isolated, and the installation of these isolators will be happening around the same time as the 2019 EERI AGM. The chief structural engineer in charge of the seismic upgrade and well as the seismic consultant for the base isolation design have kindly agreed to give us a guided technical tour of the project, including the base isolation part.  Limit of 30 attendees. 
  • Bus tour of Retrofitted Schools - This tour will commence with a presentation at the conference centre regarding the current status of the BC Schools Performance Based Seismic Mitigation Program, including on-line examples of the current ‘rapid assessment’ format, ‘detailed assessment’ and ‘retrofit design’ Analyzer, and in-development post-earthquake inspection procedures.  Three schools will be visited, including a 3-building heritage school with internal, external, and base isolation retrofit schemes, and a school with combined retrofit and partial replacement.  Limit of 30 attendees.

All tours will take place FRIDAY, 3/8/19 from 2:30-5:30pm.  Price for all Tours is $25 and includes bus transportation.  Please sign up for the Tours on the Registration page.  Meeting location and tour details will be sent to registrants 1-2 weeks prior to the tour.

Notable Structures in Vancouver Self-Guided Tour: Explore the many impressive structures in Vancouver. A google map and pdf booklet with information on the structures is available from the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC) website:



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