Virtual Poster Session

Kamal Ahmed Investigation of Flange Effect and Vertical Irregularity in Structural Walls using Nonlinear Continuum Analysis University of Washington
Paul Drazin A Nonlinear Kinetic Model for Multi-Stage Friction Pendulum Systems UC Berkeley
Jawad Fayaz Reliability Analysis of Steel SMRF and SCBF Structures Considering The Vertical Component of Near-Fault Ground Motions UC Irvine
Anne Hulsey Quantifying the Post-Earthquake Downtime Induced by Safety Cordons Around Tall Buildings Stanford
Amory Martin Topology Optimization of Elastic Spines in Rocking Braced Frames Stanford
Nicole Mahoney Analytical Study of Soft Story Structures California State University, Fresno
Will Nguyen Seismic Responses of Hybrid Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (HyFRC) Bridge Columns dDetailed for Accelerated Bridge Construction UC Berkeley
Isidro Perez Analytical Study of the Structural Response to Near-Field Earthquakes CSU Fresno
Han Sun A Data-Driven Framework:From Simulation and Recordings to Statistical Learning UC Los Angeles
Yijun Xiang Critical Assessment of Code Torsional Provisions using CSMIP Database of Instrumented Buildings UC Irvine
Adam Zsarnoczay Better performance metrics for component model calibration Stanford

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Poster Session


Jorge Archbold Observations After the Mw 7.1 2017 Puebla Earthquake UC Berkeley
Aditya Bajaj Finite Element Model for Laterally Loaded Rock Socketed Pile Foundations UC Irvine
Luis Ceferino Integrating PBEE and Network Analysis to Measure Resilience Performance Objectives Stanford University
Barbaros Cetiner Effective Seismic Assessment of Regional Transportation Networks Using an Image-Based Approach UC Los Angeles
Jade Cohen Resolution of Non-Convergence Issues in Seismic Response Analysis of Bridges UC Berkeley
Gemma Cremen A Methodology for Benchmarking Loss Predictions of the FEMA P-58 Seismic Performance Assessment Procedure Stanford University
Marta De Bortoli Performance Prediction Equations for Design and Assessment of Structures UC Irvine
Yuqing Gao Deep Residual Net with Transfer Learning for Images-based Structural Damage Recognition UC Berkeley
Ali Hammad Experimental Investigation of Special Concentric Braced Frames Under Long Duration Ground Motions University of Nevada, Reno
Daniel Hutabarat Liquefaction Triggering and Effects at Silty Soil Sites UC Berkeley
Kyung Ran Hwang Seismic Performance of RC Low-Rise Building Structures Having Irregularities at the Ground Story During the 15 November 2017 Korea Earthquake Korea University
Denis Istrati Tsunami Performance of Coastal Bridges and the Role of Air-Entrapment University of Nevada, Reno
Milad Jahed Orang Effects of Spatial Variability on Liquefaction-Induced Differential Settlements Using Scaled Shake Table Experiments University of Nevada, Reno
Maha Kenawy Fiber-Based Nonlocal Formulation for Simulating Softening in Reinforced Concrete Beam-Columns UC Davis
Subodh Kolwankar A Fibre-Based Nonlocal Model for Simulating Local Buckling Induced Softening in Steel Beam-Columns UC Davis
Jinchi Lu A Systematic Computational Framework for Multi-span Bridge PBEE Applications UC San Diego
Sujith Mangalathu Aftershock Seismic Vulnerability and Time-dependent Risk Assessment of Bridges UC Los Angeles
Nasser Marafi Effects of Simulated Magnitude 9 Earthquake Motions on RC Wall Structures in the Pacific Northwest University of Washington
Maryia Markhvida To Repair or Not? Evaluating Cost-Effectiveness of Post-Earthquake Building Repair Using PBEE and Real Estate Investment Analysis Stanford University
Rushil Mojidra State of Knowledge: Theory and Design for Vertical Ground Shaking Effects on Seismically Isolated Bridges and Other Structures University of Nevada, Reno
Sifat Muin A Machine-Learning Approach Towards Assessing Severity of Earthquake Induced Damage UC Berkeley
Kien Nguyen A Modified Uniaxial Bouc-Wen Model for the Simulation of Transverse Lateral Pipe-Cohesionless Soil Interaction California Institute of
Han Peng A Novel Replaceable Steel Moment Connection for Seismic Damage Control Harbin Institute of Technology
Vincente Pericolli Dissipative Base Connections for Moment Frames UC Davis
Daniel Saldana Performance Assessment of Low- and Mid-Rise Office and Hospital RC Shear Wall Buildings California State University, Long Beach
Andrew Sen Modeling Advances for Numerical Simulation of Existing and Retrofitted Braced Frames University of Washington
Jian Shi On the Applicability of Shear Strain Index as a Proxy for Site Response Nonlinearity California Institute of Technology
Barbara Simpson Design Development of a Strongback System UC Berkeley
Bingyu Zhao High Performance Computing Based Distributed Multi-Layered City Scale Transportation Network Tool UC Berkeley
Kuanshi Zhong Ground Motion Duration Effects on High-Strength Reinforcing Steel Fracture in Reinforced Concrete Structures Stanford University
Tian Zhou P-Loc: A Device-Free Indoor Localization System Utilizing Building Powerline Network Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
Minjie Zhu Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulations using OpenSeesPy Oregon State University
Paolo Zimmaro Next-Generation Liquefaction (NGL) Case History Database Structure UC Los Angeles

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PEER at 21:
The Practice of Performance-Based Engineering for Natural Hazards

Thursday January 18 Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 am PLENARY – 1: PEER Overview
9:00 – 10:30 am PLENARY – 2: Earthquake Hazard Characterization
10:30 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 – 12:15 pm PLENARY- 3: Performance-Based Engineering: Applications
12:15 – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 – 3:00 pm PLENARY – 4: Performance-Based Engineering: Research
3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 – 4:45 pm PLENARY – 5: Engineering and Public Policy for Earthquake Resilient Communities
4:45 – 5:15 pm PLENARY – 6: Closure
6:30 – 8:00 pm BIP DINNER (invitation only)

Friday January 19 Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 am PLENARY – 7: Objectives of the Day
9:00 – 10:30 am CONCURRENT DISCUSSION – C1

Characterization of Geohazards
10:30 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 – 12:15 pm CONCURRENT DISCUSSION – C3

Designing for Geohazards
12:15 – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 – 3:00 pm PLENARY – 8: Computational Simulation
3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 – 4:00 pm PLENARY – 9: Reports & Wrap Up

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Contact Erika Donald at 510 642-3447 or with questions and comments.

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Presenter Info & Poster Session Info

Oral Presenters

The conference rooms will be equipped with a laptop that has Microsoft PowerPoint installed and a projector. All presenters are expected to bring their presentation on a portable USB drive and give it to the session moderator 30 minutes prior to their session so that it can be loaded onto presentation laptop.

Poster Presenters

Emerging researchers and students are encouraged to apply to participate in the poster session – refer to application details on the Registration site.  All accepted posters will be displayed during the PEER poster session on the evening of Thursday, January 18, in the Great Hall at the International House.

The following templates should be used by PEER-Funded students:
Download the Poster Template for PEER-Funded Research Projects (PowerPoint file – 2.5 MB)

Poster presenters should bring their own pre-printed poster to the meeting. The posters will be displayed on easels with foam-core boards upon which presenters can clip or pin their posters. Pushpins and clips will be available at the meeting. The foam core board backing will be 30″ wide X 40″ tall (75 cm X 100 cm) so posters should not exceed these dimensions. Using those dimensions as a guideline, posters should be organized as follows:

(1) Header – Include all of the following information on the poster header:

  • Project Title
  • PEER program for which research was completed.
  • Names and affiliations of all project principal investigators
  • Names and affiliation of all student investigators
  • Names of additional funding agencies as appropriate
  • Laboratory name, university where the research was conducted

(2) PEER Footer:

  • Insert the 30″ x 4″ footer into the bottom of your poster (the footer image is already inserted into the poster template above)
  • Download the footer graphic (JPEG – 2.4MB)

(3) Other Requirements:

    • There will not be room for supplemental display devices such as computers or projectors, so please plan your poster accordingly. Poster presenters are welcome to provide handouts or business cards to visitors, however there will not be tables for you to place them, so plan on passing them by hand to interested visitors during the poster session.
    • Posters can be printed in color, but it is not required. However, all posters must be two-dimensional, with no “pop-outs”, three-dimensional elements, or electronic construction.
    • Use only one side of the poster and do not extend any portion of the design or display beyond the 30″ x 40″ board.
    • Please do not frame or set in glass or plastic.
    • The main body of the poster should include at least an Introduction and Conclusions. Possible sections between the Introduction and Conclusions include Background, Methods, Results, etc.
    • Graphics are always preferred to lengthy text. On the other hand, some brief text, readable from a distance, can be useful to describe the graphics.
    • For some ideas on poster design and layout, visit:

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Advanced registration is required for attendance at the 2018 PEER Annual Meeting. Researchers, practicing professionals, faculty, students and stake-holders interested in multi-hazard performance-based engineering are encouraged to attend. Registration for the two-day event is a fixed fee which will support student attendance and participation.

Early Bird registration until December 8, 2017: Register at the early-bird rate of $175 and save over 30% off the standard fee of $250.


  • Students affiliated with PEER Core Institutions or Educational Affiliate Institutions will have their registration fee waived. You must submit a scan of a current student ID to Your registration will remain pending until we receive this information.
  • Students not affiliated with PEER Core Institutions or Educational Affiliate Institutions, the registration fee is reduced. Student Early Bird fee (before ​December ​8th ​at ​midnight ​(PST)) is $125. After that date, the fee is $200. You must scan your student ID and send it to Your registration will remain pending until we receive this information.

If you need an invitation letter for a Visa application, please contact us at

Please note that PEER researchers will also need to pay for their own travel and hotel expenses, as PEER will not be covering these costs.


Emerging researchers and students are encouraged to apply to participate in the poster session and selected sessions during the annual meeting.

If a student’s poster is selected, they will have the opportunity to participate as an assistant moderator at selected sessions during the Annual Meeting. Additionally, if a student is working on a PEER project and their poster is selected, AND if their institution is located at least 50 miles from Berkeley CA, PEER will pay for their hotel room during the meeting.

All accepted posters will be displayed during the PEER poster session on the evening of Thursday, January 18, in the Great Hall at the International House.

UPDATE: Deadline for poster session applications is December 8 at 5pm. Notification of acceptance will be issued by December 11, 2017. Acknowledgement of acceptance will be requested by December 20, 2017.

Apply here.

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The 2018 PEER Annual Meeting will be held at the International House at 2299 Piedmont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720-2320. The International House, is located on the University of California, Berkeley campus at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way, adjacent to the Berkeley Memorial stadium.

International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2320
Google Map

Click here for more information about the I-House: location, parking, and public transit.


For attendees who drive, parking on the UC Berkeley campus is challenging. Street parking at meters is free after 6 pm. In non-metered areas, parking is free for two hours and unregulated after 7 pm. Meters are free with a California disabled placard. For a comprehensive guide to campus parking, the Campus Parking Map displays all designations of parking lots and campus facilities with detailed permit requirements.

The closest public parking to I-House is the Stadium Parking Structure located at 2175 Gayley Road adjacent to Memorial Stadium (corner of Gayley and Stadium Rim Way).

Stadium Parking Stucture Rates (as of 10/30/2015)

(No Parking Reciprocity for Other UC Campus Parking Permits at this lot)

Duration Mon-Fri Sunday
0-1 Hours $3.00 $3.00
1-2 Hours $7.00 $7.00
2-3 Hours $11.00 $8.00
3-4 Hours $15.00 $8.00
4-5 Hours $15.00 $8.00
5-6 Hours $15.00 $8.00
6-10 Hours $15.00 $8.00
10-24 Hours $25.00 $25.00

Other Campus Parking locations:


Please refer to this list of local hotels close to UC Berkeley.

Please note that PEER researchers will need to pay for their own travel and hotel expenses, as PEER will not be covering these costs.


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PEER at 21:
The Practice of Performance-Based Engineering for Natural Hazards

Thursday January 18 Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am
Slusser / Auditorium
8:30 – 9:00 am
PLENARY – 1: PEER Overview
Khalid Mosalam, PEER Director
9:00 – 10:30 am
PLENARY – 2: Earthquake Hazard Characterization
Moderator – Yousef Bozorgnia, UC Los Angeles & UC Berkeley

Overview of NGA-East and NGA-Subduction Research ProgramsYousef Bozorgnia
Overview and Status of NGL Research Project Jonathan Stewart, UC Los Angeles
Design of New Bridges in the Western US for Tsunami LoadingPatrick Lynett, USC

Discussion – ALL

10:30 – 10:45 am
10:45 – 12:15 pm
PLENARY – 3:  Performance-Based Engineering: Applications
Moderator – Greg Deierlein, Stanford University

Multi-Hazard Performance-Based Engineering Approaches to Upgrading San Francisco’s SeawallSteven Reel, Port of San Francisco
Programs and Incentives to Improve Resilience of California Housing – Janiele Maffei, California Earthquake Authority
Probabilistic Damage Control Application (PDCA) in Performance Based Earthquake Engineering (PBEE)– Mark Mahan, Caltrans
Performance-Based Concepts on Pacific Northwest Infrastructure Projects – Lee Marsh, BergerABAM Engineers

Discussion – ALL

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Slusser / Auditorium
LUNCH & Special Presentation
Special Presentation: PEER – The First DecadeJack Moehle, UC Berkeley
1:30 – 3:00 pm
PLENARY – 4: Performance-Based Engineering: Research
Moderator – Ian Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno

Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk CommunitiesJack Baker, Stanford University
Recovery Model for Commercial BuildingsVezna Terzic, Cal State Long Beach
Probabilistic Performance-Based Optimum Design for Seismic Isolation for a California High-Speed Rail Prototype BridgeJoel Conte, UC San Diego
Towards a Performance Assessment Calculation Tool (PACT) for Bridge SystemsAhmed Elgamal, UC San Diego
Estimating the Impact of Magnitude 9 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquakes on Seattle Buildings Using Simulated Ground MotionsJeff Berman, University of Washington

Discussion – ALL

3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 – 4:45 pm
PLENARY – 5:  Engineering and Public Policy for Earthquake Resilient Communities
Moderator – Henry Burton, UC Los Angeles

Ongoing Lessons from Recent Large-Scale Disasters David O. Prevatt, University of Florida
Post-Earthquake Housing Recovery ModelingHenry Burton, UC Los Angeles
Seismic Risk Models for Adaptive Decision MakingJi Yun Lee, Washington State University
Resilience Modeling for Transportation NetworksGian Paolo Cimellaro, Politecnico di Torino
Performance-Based Design for Community Resilience – David Bonowitz, NCSEA Resilience Committee
Discussion – ALL

4:45 – 5:15 pm
PLENARY – 6: Closure
Khalid Mosalam
2017 Blind Prediction Contest Winner
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Great Hall


6:30 – 8:30 pm BIP Dinner (by invitation only)

Friday January 19 Schedule

Location: Slusser / Auditorium
8:30 – 9:00 am PLENARY – 7 : Opening & Keynote Presentation
Location: Auditorium
Khalid Mosalam
Keynote Presentation: Extreme Events Reconnaissance: The Promise and Possibility of Collaborative Social Science and Engineering Research – Lori Peek, Natural Hazards Center
9:00 – 10:30 am CONCURRENT DISCUSSION – C1: Buildings
Moderator – Jack Moehle, UC Berkeley
Location: Auditorium

Update to the PEER TBI Guidelines for Tall BuildingsRon Hamburger, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Modeling and Acceptance Criteria: RC Core Wall Buildings John Wallace & Amin Safdari, UC Los Angeles, Kristijan Kolozvari, Cal State Fullerton
High-Strength Reinforcement in Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Greg Deierlein & Kuanshi Zhong, Stanford University
Implications of the FEMA P-58 Methodology for Structural System Selection and Design – John D. Hooper, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, John Gillengerten, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (Retired),  David Bonneville, Degenkolb Engineers

Discussion – ALL

CONCURRENT DISCUSSION – C2: Characterization of Geohazards
Moderator – Tom Shantz, Caltrans
Location: Ida / Robert Sproul

NGA-EastChristine Goulet, UC Berkeley
NGA-SubductionYousef Bozorgnia, UC Los Angeles & UC Berkeley
Synthetic Near-Fault Ground Motions with Improved Stochastic Model and Simulation ProcedureArmen Der Kiureghian, American University of Armenia
Recorded Ground Motions at Liquefaction SitesSteve Kramer, University of Washington
WebtoolsSilvia Mazzoni, UC Berkeley

Discussion – ALL

10:30 – 10:45 am BREAK
10:45 – 12:15 pm CONCURRENT DISCUSSION – C3: Bridges
Moderator – Sashi Kunnath, UC Davis
Location: Auditorium

Raising Performance Standards in Post-Earthquake Serviceability of Precast Bridge Columns and Piers with Advanced MaterialsSaiid Saiidi, University of Nevada, Reno
Dynamic Testing of a Two-Column Resilient Bent José Restrepo & Arpit Nema, UC San Diego
Hybrid Simulation and Seismic Testing of Environmentally Damaged Bridges Claudia Ostertag, UC Berkeley
Development of Bridge Column Capacity Limit States for Next Generation Shakecast PlatformSashi Kunnath, UC Davis

CONCURRENT DISCUSSION – C4: Designing for Geohazards
erator – Steve Kramer, University of Washington
Location: Ida / Robert Sproul

Mitigation of Ground Deformations in Soft GroundRoss W. Boulanger, UC Davis
Kinematic Soil-Structure Interaction Effects on Deep Foundations and Earth Retention SystemsScott J. Brandenberg, UC Los Angeles
Project Overview: Next Generation py Relationships – State of Practice/State of the ArtAnn Lemnitzer, UC Irvine

Discussion – ALL

12:15 – 1:30 pm LUNCH & Special Presentation
Location: Slusser / Auditorium
Special Presentation: Learning with Confidence: Theory and Practice of Information Geometric Learning from High-dimensional Sensory Data –  Lin Zhang, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute
1:30 – 3:00 pm PLENARY – 8: Computational Simulation
Moderators – Frank McKenna & Filip Filippou
Location: Auditorium

Recent Advances in Tsunami SimulationPatrick Lynett, USC
Towards Exascale Simulations for Regional Earthquake Hazard and Risk
David McCallen, LBNL
A Workflow Framework for Regional Resiliency Assessment in Natural HazardsFrank McKenna, UC Berkeley
Workflows and Logistics of Large-Scale Probabilistic Risk and Rapid Post-Event Assessment Frameworks for Bridges and Buildings – Ertugrul Taciroglu, UC Los Angeles
Investigating the Performance of Transport Infrastructure Using Real-Time Data and a Scalable Agent-Based ModelKenichi Soga, UC Berkeley

Discussion – ALL

3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 – 4:00pm PLENARY – 9: Reports & Wrap Up
Khalid Mosalam
Location: Auditorium

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2018 PEER Annual Meeting

PEER at 21: The Practice of Performance-Based Engineering for Natural Hazards

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The 2018 PEER Annual Meeting will be hosted at the International House at the UC Berkeley campus on Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19, 2018.

“PEER at 21: The Practice of Performance-Based Engineering for Natural Hazards” will feature the role of multi-disciplinary performance-based engineering with seismic and related natural hazards to achieve community resiliency. The meeting will open on Thursday, January 18 with plenary sessions highlighting the role of PEER research in the fields of performance-based engineering and resilience, and to identify areas where research and development of technology and tools are needed for effective decision-making.  On Friday, January 19, concurrent breakout sessions will be formatted for more detailed discussion and engagement of PEER-funded researchers and projects, with the goal of creating a synergy of resources and information.

Decision-making stakeholders, practicing professionals, researchers, faculty, students, and others interested in the practice of performance-based engineering for natural hazards are encouraged to attend.

PEER Blind Prediction Contest
PEER is organizing a blind prediction contest for a bridge bent that consists of two self-centering resilient columns tested on the PEER UC Berkeley shaking table in October 2017. The winners will be announced at the PEER Annual Meeting.

More information about the competition and deadlines can be accessed from:

Poster Presenters – application deadline December 1, 5pm

Emerging researchers and students are encouraged to apply to participate in the poster session – refer to Registration site. All accepted posters will be displayed during the PEER poster session on the evening of Thursday, January 18, in the Great Hall at the International House.

Click here for the schedule, program and registration information.

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