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December 2014
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The EERI Northern California Chapter is pleased to announce two awards for 2014. This year's Individual Award is being conferred on Marjorie Greene, retiring Special Projects Manager for EERI. Marjorie is being honored for her leadership, innovation, and outstanding accomplishments in earthquake risk reduction.

San Francisco's Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group will receive the prestigious Institutional Award for 2014. San Francisco's Private Schools Earthquake Safety Working Group, comprised of a volunteer group of over 30 citizens, parents, architects and engineers, school administrators and other participants, met for over two years to consider seismic safety concerns regarding private schools. Their work resulted in legislation enacted in fall 2014 to require that seismic performance evaluations of private schools in San Francisco be performed and submitted to the City over the next 3 years.


This is California's first program requiring seismic evaluation of existing private schools. The work of the Private School Working Group in San Francisco is expected to catalyze efforts statewide to address private school seismic safety concerns. The Working Group was chaired by Laura Dwelley-Samant. This is one element of San Francisco's 30-year Earthquake Safety Implementation Program (ESIP), based on the recommendations of the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS).


Special thanks to Tim McCrink, Frank Rollo, Craig Comartin, and Laurence Kornfield, for serving on the awards committee.




Join your EERI Chapter colleagues on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, as we celebrate the holiday season and toast to the successful end of 2014!  The event begins at 5:30 pm, with the awards ceremony beginning at 6:30pm. Location: ARUP offices at 560 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please check in at the lobby with an EERI volunteer when you arrive. 




We are happy to welcome Dana Brechwald to the Board. Dana is the Resilience Planner for the Association of Bay Area Governments and has been elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two year term. We also congratulate Directors Sharyl Rabinovici and Ken Mark, who were re-elected to serve a second term as Director at-large.


Congratulations to all (re)elected board members and thank you to out-going Director Chuck Real for your tenure of service to the Chapter. The board also thanks the nominating committee of Laura Dwelley-Samant, Chair, Danielle Hutchings Mieler, and Ivan Wong, and all voting Chapter members!



A multi-disciplinary report describing the findings of EERI members and their colleagues who conducted reconnaissance through the California Earthquake Clearinghouse is now available at the South Napa Clearinghouse site:


The 28-page report describes the multidisciplinary findings of members of EERI and their colleagues who conducted reconnaissance through the California Earthquake Clearinghouse. The main chapters of the report include Clearinghouse Operations, Geosciences, Geotechnical Engineering, Lifelines, Performance of Structures, Emergency Response and Economic Impact. In addition, EERI and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) cohosted a briefing of preliminary observations from the South Napa Earthquake. The recording of the briefing is posted on the Clearinghouse website along with the presentation slides from each of the speakers.



When you renew your membership to EERI, don't forget to select the Northern California Regional Chapter. We count on your dues to support chapter events and students in our local universities, for chapter.



Interested in volunteering in South Bay schools? 


EERI has been contacted by the San Jose Tech Museum seeking EERI Northern California Chapter help.  Every year the San Jose Tech Museum sponsors a challenge for grades 4 through 12, and in 2015 the topic is earthquake engineering.  The challenge for the teams of students will be to build structures that will be tested on shake tables.  Any materials can be used for the building structure, but there is a weight limit of 7lbs, and 7lbs of live load will be added to the structures for the testing.  The shaking will consist of three motions, and participants will be allowed time for limited repairs in between shakes.  The judging is broken down in three groups, one for grades 4-6, one for 7-8, and one for high school.  The Museum is looking for judges and team mentors. Please contact Jeff Bond at for more information.




Molly Turner with Airbnb and Ragi Burhum with AmigoCloud were the guest speakers at the November Chapter meeting hosted at ABAG offices on November 6, 2014. Molly described Airbnb's Global Disaster Relief Program, which allows hosts house disaster survivors and relief workers. Ragi described how Amigocloud's mapping platform allows users to use mobile devices to geo-code data collection in the field and synchronize into a cloud-based GIS.


Thank you to the Program Committee for another great event!


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