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2014 COSMOS Technical Session PowerPoint Slides Available

Status of the Proposed New Chapter 16 of ASCE 7-16 and Significant Differences from the BSSC Versionn by Ron Hamburger

Recorded Responses of High-Rise Buildings during the Great Tohoku Earthquake by Mehmet Celebi


2014 COSMOS Technical Session, Friday, November 14

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 Millbrae, California on Friday, November 14th. The Crowne Plaza is conveniently located at 1177 Airport Blvd. one block east of the 101 Freeway. The Crowne Plaza has a complimentary shuttle that runs every 30 minutes from San Francisco Airport. Information on the airport shuttle is available on their website. For those of you coming by BART, the shuttle stop is located in front of the International Terminal on the upper level adjacent to the SFO BART station.

This year’s Technical Session is again being cosponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) and the California Geological Survey (CGS). 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 and with a lunch break at noon. The COSMOS Annual meeting will start at 12:30 PM and adjourn at 1:00 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 the development of site-specific ground motions that satisfy the new requirements of the brand-new Chapters 16 and 19 of the ASCE 7-16, which are finalizing development. The title of this year's Technical Session is: Developing Site-Specific Ground Motions to Satisfy the New Chapter 16 of ASCE 7-2016 which condifies the West Coast Tall Building Seismic Analysis Requirements.. As in years past, the last part of the Technical Session will include a lively panel session. Registration fees are $200 for COSMOS and PEER members and $240 for nonmembers, and include a continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. There is also a special reduced student rate of $40.

The tentative program is available HERE.

Registration by mail is available HERE. To pay via PayPal, use the dropdown menu below:



Anthony F. Shakal to Receive the 2014 Bruce Bolt Medal

Anthony Shakal (M. EERI, 1980), California Geological Survey (CGS) Supervising Geologist/Program Manager, was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Bruce A. Bolt Medal, which is awarded jointly by the Seismological Society of America, the Consortium of Organizations for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), and EERI.

The Bruce A. Bolt Medal was established 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. Professor Bolt was recognized in his time by earthquake engineers and seismologists worldwide as the expert in engineering seismology.

Dr. Shakal has been associated with the CGS’s Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP) for the past 32 years, and has successfully grown and led the Program for the past 27 years. Under Dr. Shakal’s direct supervision and innovative management, the SMIP operates the largest and most advanced strong-motion network in the United States. The SMIP is also the largest strong-motion component in the U.S. Geological Survey’s Advanced National Seismic System. In 2006 at the commemoration of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the SMIP received the Applied Technology Council/Engineering News Record joint award as the Best Seismic Program of the Twentieth Century.

To date, Dr. Shakal’s SMIP group has installed over 5000 accelerometers at nearly 1200 stations around the State. These seismic monitors have been placed in over 850 free-field ground stations, on more than 80 bridges, and in 200 buildings. Ground motion and structural response data gathered from this network are directly employed in the California Building Code to make structures more earthquake resilient. Two very recent examples of Dr. Shakal’s diverse skills can be seen in the successful completions of the One Rincon Tower and the new east span of the Oakland Bay Bridge.

Dr. Shakal continues to expand and promote the educational and communication links between the structural engineering and seismological communities through financially supporting an annual conference in which SMIP-sponsored research papers are presented. (SMIP13 was in Los Angeles, California.) He participates as an active member of the standards setting committee at COSMOS, and works closely with Caltrans, and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development on projects related to earthquake engineering for hospitals. Dr. Shakal also finds time to write technical research papers to help publicize the latest findings from the programs he oversees.

Dr. Shakal will receive his medal at the 2014 COSMOS Technical Session that will be held on Friday, November 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the San Francisco Airport.


Debut of the COSMOS Network Forums

In cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the California Geological survery, development of the COSMOS Bulletin Board forum (called the COSMOS Network Forums) and Wiki page has just been completed! It can be found here:

COSMOS Network Forums (

We invite those international strong-motion network providers that attended the COSMOS Strong-Motion Forum at the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Lisbon, Portugal, to join!


2014 VDC Factsheet

The 2014 VDC Factsheet is now available!



2014 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 mailing your completed FORM to the COSMOS office: Rm 121, Bldg, 454, 1301 S. 46th Street, c/o PEER, University of California, Richmond, CA 94804.

  • Organizational Members: $1000.00

  • Affiliate Members: $2000.00

  • Individual Members: $50.00
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