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Farzad Naeim Awarded the 2017 Bruce A. Bolt Medal

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Farzad Naeim (M. EERI, 1983), President of Farzad Naeim, Inc., was named the 2017 recipient of the Bruce A. Bolt Medal. The Bruce Bolt Medal is awarded jointly by the Consortium of Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), the Seismological Society of America (SSA), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

For more than three decades, Dr. Naeim has been making significant contributions to earthquake engineering, technology and public policy. He consistently demonstrates extraordinary leadership transferring knowledge into practice to improve seismic safety. A prime example is his ongoing work with the City of Los Angeles to develop regulations for the design and construction of very tall buildings. His input and perseverance has resulted in significant seismic safety improvements in Los Angeles and other major cities.

Dr. Naeim has tirelessly served in leadership roles, including President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Editor-in-Chief of Earthquake Spectra, Chair of the Governance Board of the U.S. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), and Chair of the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. He currently serves on the Seismic Advisory Board of the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and is the Chair of the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Advisory Committee of the Seismic Safety Commission (SMIAC).

Before founding his own firm, as Technical Director and General Counsel at John A. Martin & Associates (JAMA), Dr. Naeim established a mission to take the best technology publicly available and develop it into tailor-made design methodologies, analysis software, and earthquake-resistant design technologies that improve seismic safety. Over the years, he has developed 48 software systems for earthquake engineering design and education.

Dr. Naeim has often been recognized for excellence in his field. He received the Fazlur Khan Medal for life-time achievement from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and has been awarded six Outstanding Journal Paper Awards from the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structure and Design Council. He has authored four textbooks, 14 textbook chapters, more than 120 journal papers, and is the recipient of grants from such diverse agencies as EERI, FEMA, the County of Los Angeles, the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program, Applied Technology Council (ATC), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for studying various damage characteristics of earthquakes and their impact on seismic design practice. Not one to rest on his laurels, 20 years after receiving his Ph.D., Farzad obtained a Juris Doctor degree. In addition to being a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer, he is a licensed Patent Attorney.

Dr. Naeim received the Bruce Bolt Medal at the EERI Annual Meeting on March 7-10, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

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2016 COSMOS Technical Session

Moving Toward Site-Specific Ground-Motion Hazard

Powerpoint Presentations are available HERE.

The Consortium of Organization for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) held its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California, on Friday, November 18th. This year's Technical Session was sponsored by the California Geological Survey (CGS) and co-sponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC). Additional sponsorship was provided by the California Geological Survey, Sage Engineers, Lettis, C.I., Hart Croswer, R. E. Bachman Consulting, S.E., and Fugro Consultants, Inc.

This year's Technical Session theme was: Moving Toward Site-Specific Ground-Motion Hazard. The morning session provided presentations on COSMOS/USGS/CGS joint activities, the updated ANSS strategic plan, new available datasets from South America and PEER, important new changes to ASCE 7-16 requiring more site specific ground motions and new limitations on their development, and updates on the Project 17 and the PEER PSHA Validation Project. The afternoon presentations featured presentations on the PEER Directivity Project and recommendations on performing hazard analysis with directivity, use of datasets to constrain path effects, integrating ground motion recordings into Site-Specific Amplification functions, use of 3D simulations in developing design ground motion hazards, and trade-offs between Aleatory and Epistemic Uncertainty. Speakers included Alan Yong, Hamid Haddadi, Brad Aagard, Ruben Boroschek, Silvia Mazzoni, Charlie Kircher, Ron Hamburger, Christie Hale, Yousef Bozorgnia, Jennifer Donahue, Nico Kuehn, Christine Goulet, Kioumars Afshari, and Nick Gregor. As in years past, the last part of the Technical Session included a lively panel session that allowed a forum for discussion.

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LASTEST COSMOS NEWSLETTER

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LASTEST ON THE COSMOS CONVERTER TOOL

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2016 VDC Factsheet

Now available HERE.

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COSMOS RELEASES DRAFTS OF TWO NEW GUIDELINES

COSMOS has just released drafts of two new guidelines. The first is the "Guideline for Inundation Protection of Strong-Motion Instrumentation" (available HERE). The second is a draft of the "Guideline and General Considerations for Strong-Motion Instrumentation of Tall Buildings" (available HERE).

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UPDATE ON SITE CHARACTERIZATION PROJECT

COSMOS Directors Alan Yong, Jamison Steidl, and Robert Nigbor organized an informal forum held on 24 April 2015 at Caltech. The purpose of the forum was to facilitate the exchange of information about seismic site response and the development of guidelines for characterizing site conditions in Europe, as presented by Pierre-Yves Bard and Cécile Cornou on 23 April at the Seismological Society of America (SSA) Meeting in Pasadena. Over 40 participants, consisting of representatives from industry and governmental and academic institutions in the U.S. and from abroad, attended the 24 April forum. Invited presentations by U.S. and European scientists and engineers about the state-of-knowledge in site response and non-invasive geophysical site characterization techniques led to discussions that ranged from generalities to nuances of the accuracy and precision of the techniques presented, and, in particular, about how these techniques were/are applied by practitioners. Concerns about the quality of the results produced by practitioners became the dominant topic, and the attendees decided that a committee should be established to facilitate the development of guidelines, or best practices, for characterizing site conditions when applying non-invasive techniques. The attendees asked Yong to serve as chair of the steering (facilitation) committee; they also suggested that committee members should include the other co-organizers (Steidl and Nigbor) and the presenters of the forum. More information is available HERE.

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