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February Monthly Meeting: Challenges in Seismic Evaluation and Retrofitting
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February Monthly Meeting: Challenges in Seismic Evaluation and Retrofitting

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:00 PM
Where: HOK
1 Bush Street
Floor 2
San Francisco, California  94104
United States
Contact: SEAONC

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February Monthly Meeting: Challenges in Seismic Evaluation and Retrofitting

By Joe Maffei, Maffei Structural Engineering


Corporate and institutional building owners are increasingly seeking advice on the seismic risk posed by their buildings.  Recent evaluations show that it can be difficult to meet “basic safety” for many structures, even those that engineers intuit to be acceptable. 

The presentation will use real-word examples to illustrate key issues in seismic evaluation and retrofitting, including:

·      Criteria used for seismic evaluation and retrofitting

·      Steel moment frames and column splices

·      Behavior modes for concrete wall buildings

·      Interactions between lateral systems and gravity framing

·      Use of nonlinear analysis in seismic evaluation

The presentation will provide practical recommendations for both general and specific aspects of evaluation and retrofitting, and suggest areas in which it advisable to look at alternative assumptions based on research findings, in addition to checking the prescriptions of current retrofit standards.

Date: Tuesday, February 4th  // Registration & Happy Hour: 5 - 6 PM // Program: 6 - 7 PM 

Venue: HOK: 1 Bush St, #200, San Francisco, CA 94104

Cost: Associate: $33 // Member: $39 // Non-Member: $45 // Student: $16 

 Joe Maffei is the founder of Maffei Structural Engineering.  He is a practicing    structural engineer and expert in the seismic evaluation, design, and retrofitting of structures for public and private-sector clients.  Over his 33-year career, he has directed a range of projects, including designs using innovative solutions and advanced methods of evaluation. Dr. Maffei has helped lead the structural engineering profession in developing standards for performance-based design, nonlinear analysis, high-rise design, seismic retrofitting, and solar-energy structures.  He has contributed to building codes and structural guidelines for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and other organizations. Joe was an inaugural member of the University of California Seismic Advisory Board, and he has performed seismic evaluations of numerous buildings for University of California campuses.

Dr. Maffei has a BE in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union, an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.  He was a post-doctoral scholar at the Toyohashi Institute of Technology in Japan.  He is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to New Zealand, and is a fellow of the Structural Engineers Association of California.

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