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2015 COSMOS Annual Meeting and Technical Session

Current Ground-Motion Design Value Maps—Issues and Proposed Solutions

November 13, 2015
8:30 am-6:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport
1177 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, California

The Consortium of Organization for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will hold its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California, on Friday, November 13th. The Crowne Plaza SFO is conveniently located at 1177 Airport Boulevard, one block east of the 101 Freeway. The Crowne Plaza has a complimentary shuttle (that runs every 30 minutes) from San Francisco Airport. For those coming by BART, the shuttle stop is located in front of the International Terminal upper level adjacent to the SFO BART Station. The airport shuttle information is available on their website. This year's Technical Session is being sponsored the California Geological Survey and co-sponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC). Registration for the Technical Session will begin at 7:30 AM (with coffee and pastries). The Technical Session will begin promptly at 8:30 AM with a lunch break at 11:45 AM. The COSMOS Annual Meeting will start at 12:15 PM and adjourn at 12:45 PM. The Technical Session will then reconvene and end at 5:00 PM. As in previous years, it will then be followed by a no-host cocktail hour.

This year's Technical Session will primarily focus on issues with current ground-motion design value maps and proposed solutions to overcome these issues. One of the significant issues is large swings that occur in some areas with each release of the National Seismic Hazard Maps and the need to have more stability from an engineering standpoint given the precision and uncertainty in probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard evaluations. This issue is occurring in many arenas, including seismic criteria for dams, nuclear facilities, and building codes. Other issues include concerns about the code spectra under prediction of demand in areas governed by large magnitude earthquake at periods greater than one second and in basin areas. The goal for this session is to have the leading authorities in the development of the ground-motion design value maps discuss the current issues and proposed ways being considered to improve the situation in future editions of the ground-motion design value maps and code design spectra. Other areas that will be discussed include use of numerical simulation to develop design ground motions for the Los Angeles Basin Region, updates on the new PEER NGA-East Ground Motions, and the new QuakeManager Tool. Speakers include Norm Abrahamson, Nico Luco, Mark Petersen, Ron Hamburger, Charlie Kircher, C.B. Crouse, Rob Graves, Silvia Mazzoni, and Mahmoud Hachem. As in years past, the last part of the Technical Session will include a lively panel session, which will allow a forum for discussion.

Registration fees are $200 for COSMOS, PEER, and ATC members, and $240 for nonmembers; fees include a continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. There is also a special reduced student rate of $40.

This year, attendees will be able to earn 0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or 6 Professional Development Hours (PDUs) by attending.

The 2015 COSMOS Technical Session Program as of 11/8/2015 is available HERE.

The 2015 COSMOS Technical Session Registration Form is available HERE. You will be notified by email when your registration has been received. Again, registration fees are the same as last year: $200/members, $240/non-members, and $40/students.

Also, please note that you can also pay via Paypal below.

2015 Registration Fee


2016 Call for Nominations for the Bruce Bolt Medal

The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by COSMOS, EERI, and SSA to recognize individuals worldwide whose accomplishments involve the promotion and use of strong-motion earthquake data and whose leadership in the transfer of scientific and engineering knowledge into practice or policy has led to improved seismic safety.

Members of EERI, SSA, and COSMOS are encouraged to submit nomination packages for this distinguished award. Nominations will be reviewed in confidence by a six-person Joint Nomination Panel formed by two representatives from each of the three sponsoring organizations.. The recommended nominee will be considered in confidence by each organization's Board of Directors for their approval and joint selection of the medalist.

The following criteria are used to evaluate the recipient:

  • Promotion of strong-motion instrumentation or advancing strong-motion data processing or data utilization;
  • Technical contributions in seismic engineering or engineering seismology; and
  • Leadership in the transfer of knowledge into practice or policy that has led to improved seismic safety.

The Joint Nomination Panel is charged with applying these criteria to select a nominee worthy of the high level of professional recognition represented by the sponsorship of the Bruce Bolt Medal by SSA, COSMOS, and EERI. Please note that current members of the Joint Panel are not eligible for nomination; the names of the current panelists are posted on the SSA, COSMOS, and EERI web sites.

The nomination letter, which should be no longer than two pages, must address the ways in which the candidate meets all three of the criteria. Along with the signed letter, the nomination package must include a substantial summary of the professional history of the candidate including employment, significant publications, honors, and activities and accomplishments relevant to the Bolt Medal criteria. The current contact information for the candidate must also be supplied. Up to three signed supporting letters (each no longer than two pages) may be included in the nomination package. Such letters should include a personal perspective on the nominee and his/her sustained impact on the field.

The closing date for submitting nominations is October 31, 2015.

Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered by the Joint Nomination Panel. Nomination packages (preferably as one combined .pdf file) for the Bruce Bolt Medal should be sent to the Bolt Medal Nomination Panel, in care of William (Woody) Savage at Questions regarding the Bolt Medal criteria or the nomination process for candidates may be directed to Woody at the above e-mail address. While electronic submissions are preferred, in .pdf or .doc formats, hard copies may be sent to the following postal address: Bolt Medal Nomination Panel, In Care of Woody Savage, 1930 Village Center Circle #3-292, Las Vegas, NV 89134. If a hard copy is sent, the sender should notify Woody by e-mail.

Organization affiliates are as follows: EERI: Charles R. Real and Robert L. Nigbor; SSA: Robert R. Youngs and Jose A. Martinez-Cruzado; and COSMOS: Maurice S. Power and William U. Savage


2015 Dues

It's that time of year again. You may pay your dues either by PayPal (see below) or by remitting a check made payable to COSMOS and mailed to the COSMOS office: Rm 121, Bldg, 454, 1301 S. 46th Street, c/o PEER, University of California, Richmond, CA 94804.

To keep our records current, we'd appreciate it if you would fill out the membership information card HERE, and email it back to the COSMOS office: Thank you.

  • Individual Members: $50.00

  • Institutional Members: $1000.00

  • Affiliate Members: $2000.00

2015 DUES


COSMOS is a non-profit organization whose goal is to expand and significantly modernize the acquisition and application of strong-motion data in order to increase public safety from earthquakes.

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