Project Summary

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This NEES Grand Challenge Project brings together researchers, educators, engineers, and public policy experts in a five-year program to develop effective strategies for identifying seismically hazardous older concrete building construction and promoting effective mitigation strategies.

Research consists in four areas:

  • Pilot studies of risk in existing cities
  • Laboratory and field testing of components and structures
  • Model development
  • Development of mitigation strategies

Education occurs through

  • Training of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Development of education materials for students and practitioners

Engineers and Public Policy Professionals are involved through

  • The Concrete Coalition
  • Advisory panels
  • Workshops

The project was initiated in January 2007 and will continue through December 2012.