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Structural Engineer’s Guide to Become Leaders in Community Resilience Part 2

Tuesday, August 25, 2020   (0 Comments)

By the SEAOC Resilience Committee
Ron Mayes, Jonathan Buckalew (Co-Chair), Anna Lang, (Co-Chair),
Roy Lobo, Daniel Zepeda and Garrett Hagen


This is the second of a series of monthly articles prepared to help structural engineers to become leaders in community resilience. In the previous article (click here) we noted that engineers can make a direct and immediate contribution toward improving community resilience by designing buildings with post-earthquake recovery time in mind, determined by the building’s function, client desires, and expected hazards.

This article discusses the concept of Community Resilience and Functional Recovery. Structural engineers may have heard these emerging terms. A thorough explanation is presented here to offer understanding of what we envision the built environment should be and how it should serve society in the face of increasing disaster. While these concepts are applicable for all hazards and for both buildings and infrastructure, this article series addresses only the seismic performance of more.