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COSMOS at the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering

COSMOS will have a booth at the 16th World Conference in Santiago, Chile, to be held on January 9-13, 2017. Please check back in this space for further announcements.

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NEW!!!!

LASTEST COSMOS NEWSLETTER

Now available HERE.

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2016 COSMOS Technical Session

Moving Toward Site-Specific Ground-Motion Hazard

UPDATED AGENDA HERE

The Consortium of Organization for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will be holding its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California, on Friday, November 18th. The Crowne Plaza SFO is conveniently located at 1177 Airport Boulevard one block east of the 101 Freeway (http://www.sfocp.com). The Crowne Plaza has a complimentary shuttle, which 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. This year's Technical Session is being sponsored by the California Geological Survey (CGS) and co-sponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC). Registration and breakfast for the Technical Session will begin at 7:30 AM with the technical program starting promptly at 8:30 AM. This year we will be having a hot buffet breakfast and lunch. As in previous years, the session will be followed by a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and a partially hosted bar (we will be providing drink tickets to registrants).

This year's Technical Session theme is: Moving Toward Site-Specific Ground-Motion Hazard. The morning session will provide 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, updates on the Project 17 and the PEER PSHA Validation Project. The afternoon presentations will feature 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 will include 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 will include a lively panel session that will allow a forum for discussion.

Registration fees are $240 for COSMOS, PEER, and ATC members, and $280 for non-members; this includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. There is also a special reduced student rate of $60. This year, attendees will be able to earn 0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or 6 Profession Development Hours (PDUs) by attending. Program details for the COSMOS Annual Meeting and Technical Session are available at the COSMOS website at www.cosmos-eq.org.

You can either register by mail or via Paypal (see dropdown menu below). If you wish to register by mail, please send a check made out to COSMOS and mail to: COSMOS, c/o PEER, Bldg. 484, Rm. 121, 1301 S. 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804.

Registration Fee

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2016 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: cosmos@berkeley.edu. Thank you.

  • Individual Members: $50.00
  • Institutional Members: $1,000.00

2016 DUES
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LASTEST ON THE COSMOS CONVERTER TOOL

Now available HERE.

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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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