Moving Toward Site-Specific Ground-Motion Hazard
The Consortium of Organization for Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) will be holding its Annual Meeting and Technical Session at the Crowne Plaza Hotel San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California, on Friday, November 18th. The Crowne Plaza SFO is conveniently located at 1177 Airport Boulevard one block east of the 101 Freeway (http://www.sfocp.com). The Crowne Plaza has a complimentary shuttle, which runs every 30 minutes from San Francisco Airport. For those coming by BART, the shuttle stop is located in front of the International Terminal upper level adjacent to the SFO BART Station. This year's Technical Session is being sponsored by the California Geological Survey (CGS) and co-sponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC). Registration and breakfast for the Technical Session will begin at 7:30 AM with the technical program starting promptly at 8:30 AM. This year we will be having a hot buffet breakfast and lunch. As in previous years, the session will be followed by a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and a partially hosted bar (we will be providing drink tickets to registrants).
This year's Technical Session theme is: Moving Toward Site-Specific Ground-Motion Hazard. The morning session will provide presentations on COSMOS/USGS/CGS joint activities, the updated ANSS strategic plan, new available datasets from South America and PEER, important new changes to ASCE 7-16 requiring more site specific ground motions and new limitations on their development, updates on the Project 17 and the PEER PSHA Validation Project. The afternoon presentations will feature presentations on the PEER Directivity Project and recommendations on performing hazard analysis with directivity, use of datasets to constrain path effects, integrating ground motion recordings into Site-Specific Amplification functions, use of 3D simulations in developing design ground motion hazards, and trade-offs between Aleatory and Epistemic Uncertainty. Speakers will include Alan Yong, Hamid Haddadi, Brad Aagard, Ruben Boroschek, Silvia Mazzoni, Charlie Kircher, Ron Hamburger, Christie Hale, Yousef Bozorgnia, Jennifer Donahue, Nico Kuehn, Christine Goulet, Kioumars Afshari, and Nick Gregor. As in years past, the last part of the Technical Session will include a lively panel session that will allow a forum for discussion.
Registration fees are $240 for COSMOS, PEER, and ATC members, and $280 for non-members; this includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. There is also a special reduced student rate of $60. This year, attendees will be able to earn 0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or 6 Profession Development Hours (PDUs) by attending. Program details for the COSMOS Annual Meeting and Technical Session are available at the COSMOS website at www.cosmos-eq.org.
You can either register by mail or via Paypal (http://www.cosmos-eq.org). If you wish to register by mail, please send a check made out to COSMOS and mail to: COSMOS, c/o PEER, Bldg. 484, Rm. 121, 1301 S. 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804.