December Seminar: September 2017 Puebla-Morelos Earthquake: Reconnaissance & Collapsed Building Observations

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

6:00pm - 8:00pm

HOK, One Bush Street, Suite #200, SF

The Central Mexico earthquake from September of this year resulted in the collapse of dozens of structures and hundreds of casualties in Mexico City.  In the wake of the earthquake, Professor Eduardo Miranda and a team from Stanford University as well as a team of structural engineers from SOM’s California offices both traveled to the Mexican capital to perform a reconnaissance of the building damage.  This seminar will describe each team’s observations and on-ground experiences with a focus on how the confluence of seismicity in Mexico, the geotechnical challenges posed by the history of Mexico City’s original construction, and construction and design practices resulted in the building damage observed.  Comparisons of observed damage between the 2017 earthquake and the devastating 1985 Michoacán earthquake will also be covered.

Patrick Murren, PE

Patrick is a Project Engineer in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he has worked for six years.  He previously served as the chair of SEAONC's Disaster Emergency Services committee, helping to develop and share best practices for managing SAP Evaluator deployments with other SEAOC chapters as well as coordinating the past four instances of SEAONC's ATC-20/SAP Evaluator training events.  He is also involved as a volunteer instructor with the Engineers Alliance for the Arts annual Student Impact Project bridge design program, serving as the program's co-VP.  His recent deployment to Mexico City was a return to central Mexico, where he studied abroad as an undergraduate.




Prof. Eduardo Miranda

Eduardo Miranda obtained his Civil Engineer degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM. He received his Master of Science and PhD degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1993 to 1999 he was a lecturer at the Graduate School of Engineering at UNAM and a research engineer at the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred). He has been a faculty member at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University since 2000 where he is now a full professor. He is the author of more than 250 publications and has received various awards. His research focuses on Earthquake Engineering with emphasis on Performance-Based Design and of seismic response of nonstructural components.



December 6th, 2017 6:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
One Bush Street, Suite #200
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

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SEAONC Member $ 39.00
Non-Member $ 44.00
Associate Member $ 33.00
Student $ 16.00
First Year Member $ 20.00