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Proceedings with abstracts from the 2015 SEAOC Convention held September 9-12 in Seattle, WA. Abstracts include:

Advancement in Wind Design - Wind Committee Status Report

James S. Lai, S.E., F. SEAOC Chair, SEAOC Wind Committee La Canada Flintridge, CA

Joe Maffei, S.E., PhD, LEED PA, Principal Maffei Structural Engineering San Francisco, CA


Advancements in Force Transfer Around Openings for Wood Framed Shear Walls

Karyn Beebe, P.E., LEED AP BD+C APA San Diego, CA

Tom Skaggs, P.E., Ph.D. APA Tacoma, WA


Assessment of First Generation Performance-Based Seismic Design Methods for New Buildings

John Harris, Research Structural Engineer 

Matthew Speicher, Research Structural Engineer 

Siamak Sattar, Research Structural Engineer 

Anne Hulsey, Structural Engineering Intern 

Steven McCabe, Research Structural Engineer 

National Institute of Standards and Technology Gaithersburg, MD


ATC 58-II: Further Development of Next-Generation Performance-based Design Criteria

Ronald O. Hamburger, SE Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. San Francisco, CA


California Structural Engineer Licensure: Past to the Future; SEs Lead or Follow

James P. Mwangi, Ph.D., S.E., Professor California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA

Kevin J. Dong., S.E., Professor California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA


A Case Study in Integrating Sustainability and Structure 2015 SEAOC Convention

Keith T. Bauer, S.E., Associate Principal Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers, Inc. Sacramento, CA


The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: Saving a Local Landmark with an Innovative Underpinning Solution

Timothy A. Nelson, S.E., Project Engineer Degenkolb Engineers San Francisco, CA


Case Studies to Demonstrate Effects of Seismic Upgrades to URM Buildings as Dictated by the Proposed Seattle URM Policy

Dihong Shao, Principal Coffman Engineers Seattle, WA

Steve Moddemeyer, Principal CollinsWoerman Seattle, WA

Thomas M. Corcoran, Principal Integrus Architecture Seattle WA


Controlling Wind in Tall and Flexible Structure with Viscous Damping Devices

Mark Sarkisian PE, SE, Partner Peter Lee PE, SE, Associate Director 

Rupa Garai PE, SE, Associate Alvin Tsui PE, SE, Structural Engineer 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, San Francisco, CA

Michael Constantinou, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY


Coupling of Central Core and Perimeter Megabraces in 5th & Columbia Tower, Seattle

Bryce Tanner, SE, Associate 

John Worley, SE, Principal 

Arup San Francisco, CA


Development of Design Guidance and Example Applications for ASCE/SEI 41-13, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings, the ATC-124 Project

Bret Lizundia, Executive Principal, Rutherford + Chekene, San Francisco, CA 

Brian McDonald, Principal Engineer, Exponent, Menlo Park, CA 

Michael Braund, Associate Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, San Diego, CA 

Veronica Cedillos, Associate Director of Projects, ATC, Redwood City, CA 

Jim Collins, Executive Vice President, PCS Structural Solutions, Tacoma, WA 

William Holmes, Senior Consultant, Rutherford + Chekene, San Francisco, CA 

Ayse Hortacsu, Director of Projects, ATC, Redwood City, CA 

Ron LaPlante, Consulting Engineer, San Diego, CA 

Michael Mahoney, Senior Geophysicist, FEMA, Washington, DC 

Mark Moore, Executive Principal, ZFA Structural Engineers, San Francisco, CA


Differences in Embodied Carbon Assessments of Structural Systems

Megan Stringer, PE, LEED AP BD+C Chair, SEAONC SDC Holmes Culley San Francisco, CA

Matthew Comber, SE, LEED AP BD+C Vice Chair, SEAONC SDC Project Frog San Francisco, CA


Evaluating and Upgrading the Seismic Performance of Older Tall Buildings

Stephen Mahin, Professor 

Juin Wei Lai, Post-Doctoral Scholar 

Shanshan Wang, Graduate Student Researcher 

Matthew Schoettler, Research Engineer 

University of California Berkeley, CA


Evaluation of ASCE 41-13 Nonlinear Dynamic Procedure Based on Recorded Response from Existing RC Buildings

Ahmed Mantawy, PhD, PE Arup Los Angeles, CA

Arif Ozkan, PE, SE Arup Los Angeles, CA


The Failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940

Charles Seim, Principal Consulting Bridge Engineer El Cerrito, CA


Frequently Misunderstood Wind Provisions

Emily Guglielmo, SE, Associate Martin/Martin, Inc. Larkspur, CA


Fundamentals of Tuned Mass Dampers (TMDs) for Seismic Response Reduction

Julio C. Miranda, P.E., S.E. Principal Technologist CH2M HILL San Jose, CA


Global Practices in Earthquake Structural Engineering

H Kit Miyamoto, Ph.D, S.E., Miyamoto International, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Amir SJ Gilani, Ph.D, S.E., Miyamoto International, Inc., West Sacramento, CA



Mass Timber High-Rise Design Research: Museum Tower in Los Angeles Reimagined in Mass Timber

Matthew Timmers, SE; Ben Rogowski, PE John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Tsay Jacobs, LEED AP, EIT Perkins+Will Los Angeles, CA

Bevan Jones, PE; James O’Neill, Ph.D. Holmes Fire San Francisco, CA


Napa Church Earthquake Damage Repair & Retrofit

Jeff Weber, SE, SECB, General Manager Coffman Engineers, Oakland, CA

Muneer Merchant, Vice President Pullman SST, Inc., Benicia, CA

Brian Marc-Aurele, PE, Engineer Coffman Engineers, Oakland, CA

Brian Walkenhauer, SE, Structural Engineer Coffman Engineers, Oakland, CA


A New, Low-Cost Approach to Increasing Seismic Resistance of Wood-Frame Structures

Michael D. Symans, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Civil and Env. Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Steve M. Yang, Graduate Student, Dept. of Civil and Env. Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY

Jesse Karns, Director of Engineering Research MiTek, Ventura, CA

David Lee, West Coast Technical Director Taylor Devices, North Tonawanda, NY


One Big Room: Facebook’s New Campus

Susan LaFore, SE, Senior Engineer 

René Vignos, SE, Principal 

Steve Marusich, SE, Senior Associate 

Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. San Francisco, CA


Parametric Study on Effects of Mega-thrust Mw9-class Subduction Earthquakes and Aftershocks in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Solomon Tesfamariam, Associate Professor The University of British Columbia Kelowna, BC, Canada

Katsuichiro Goda, Senior Lecturer University of Bristol Bristol, UK


Performance Based Design of 111 Main

Mark Sarkisian PE, SE, Partner

Peter Lee PE, SE, Associate Director

Alvin Tsui PE, SE, Structural Engineer

Lachezar Handzhiyski, PE, Design Engineer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

San Francisco, CA


Performance Based Design of Wilshire Grand Tower

Leonard M. Joseph, Principal C. Kerem Gulec, Associate Thornton Tomasetti, Los Angeles

Peter Maranian, Principal Brandow and Johnston


Performance-Based Seismic Retrofit of a Tall Precast Concrete Shear Wall Building Using FRP Materials

Rami Elhassan, Ph.D., SE, Principal 

Yangbo Chen, Ph.D., SE, Senior Structural Engineer 

David Pomerleau, SE, Project Manager 

IDS Group, Inc. Irvine, CA


Proposed Changes to Steel Column Evaluation Criteria for Existing Buildings

Daniel Bech, Principal Bill Tremayne, Principal 

Jonas Houston, Project Engineer

HolmesCulley San Francisco, CA

Rational Evaluation of Structural Response to Thermal Loads

Mark Sarkisian SE, LEED, Partner 

Neville Mathias SE, LEED, Assoc. Director 

Joanna Zhang SE, LEED, Associate 

Jason Kirkpatrick PE, LEED 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP San Francisco, CA


Recommendations for Confinement in Boundary Elements of Special Concrete Walls

Dawn Lehman, Professor University of Washington

Travis Welt, PhD Candidate James LaFave, Professor University of Illinois


Seismic Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Coupling Beams with Innovative Simplistic Detailing

Shih-Ho Chao, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor 

Young-Jae Choi, Graduate Student 

Poorya Hajyalikhani, Graduate Student 

Chatchai Jiansinlapadamrong, Graduate Student 

The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas


Seismic Evaluation and Upgrade of a Non-Ductile Concrete Shear Wall Hospital Patient Tower Located in a Low Seismic Hazard Area

Brian Walkenhauer, S.E. Engineer Coffman Engineers Oakland, CA

Dihong Shao, S.E. Principal Coffman Engineers Seattle, WA


Shake table and Quasi-Static Testing of Suspended Ceilings with Alternate Perimeter Installations

Amir SJ Gilani, Manager Earthquake Engineering Miyamoto International, Inc. West Sacramento, CA

Shakhzod M Takhirov, Technical Laboratory Manager, Department of CEE, University of California Berkeley Berkeley, CA

Yelena Straight, Product Seismic Engineer, USG Interiors LLC Libertyville, IL


Shake Table Testing of Precast Concrete Wall with End Columns (PreWEC)

Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

Maryam Nazari, Graduate Research Assistant Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

Sriram Aaleti, Assistant Professor University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL


The Shocking Secrets of Rocking Shear Walls

Benjamin Mohr, Senior Staff II 

Stephen Harris, Principal 

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. San Francisco, CA


Special Inspections for Wood Construction

David P. Tyree, P.E., C.B.O. Colorado Springs, CO 

James B. Smith, P.E. Dane, WI 

Michelle Kam-Biron P.E, S.E., SECB Newbury Park, CA American Wood Council


Steel Castings in Structural Design – Case Studies

Carlos de Oliveira, President and CEO Cast Connex Corporation Toronto, Canada


T-H Dynamic and Nonlinear Static Analysis for the Ferrocement Canopy of the NewAthens Opera House

Gregory G. Penelis, Dr, MSc, DIC, Penelis Consulting Engineers SA Greece, EU





Tsunami Resilient Designs of Buildings for California

Gary Chock, S.E., D.CE, F.SEI, F.ASCE, M. SEAONC ASCE 7 Tsunami Loads and Effects Subcommittee Chair Martin & Chock, Inc. Honolulu, HI

Guangren Yu, Ph.D., S.E. Martin & Chock, Inc. Honolulu, HI

Ian N. Robertson, Ph.D, P.E., M. ASCE University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI

Rick Wilson, Senior Engineering Geologist California Geological Survey Science Coordinator for the State of California Tsunami Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation Program


Wind Loads on Utility Scale Solar PV Power Plants

Joseph H. Cain, P.E., Principal Civil Engineer SunEdison Belmont, CA

David Banks, PhD, P.Eng., Principal Cermak Peterka Petersen (CPP Wind) Fort Collins, CO


Wood Shear Walls Hardware Analysis for a Proper Connection

Alfred D. Commins, President Commins Manufacturing Inc., Friday Harbor, WA


U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) Rating Building Performance in Earthquakes and Other Natural Hazards

Ronald L. Mayes, Founder and Acting ED, USRC Staff Consultant, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco, CA

Evan Reis, Founder, USRC Senior Managing Engineer, HCE, San Francisco, CA


Use of Bamboo as Out of Plane Reinforcement in CMU Walls

Daniel Berger and Caleb Dunne, Miyamoto International, Inc., West Sacramento, CA