Seismic Design in Washington, AEG BWH Dinner Mtg THIS Thursday, March 20

Hello, AEG Members, guests and Students:

Our next meeting is THIS Thursday, March 20. So let me hear from you between now and Wednesday noon at the latest. We’re back in our favorite spot (for the moment) at Brewers Alley in Frederick. And, unlike my last announcement, we have a title for Mr. Eddy’s presentation:

“The 2011 Mineral, VA earthquake and ongoing research focusing on seismic design standards for the Washington, DC region,” By Morgan Eddy of Steele Foundation, LLC.

Meeting details, directions, etc. below. Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday = call or email those RSVPs.

Kris McCandless

About the Speaker –

Morgan Eddy is a licensed Professional Engineer at Steele Foundation, LLC in Washington, DC, a design/build foundation contractor. He oversees the firm’s estimating and engineering responsibilities for the Washington, DC area. He is also adjunct professor at George Mason University, editor for the ASCE Geo-Strata magazine, and Secretary of the ADSC Anchored Earth Retention Committee. Morgan obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2002 and 2003. He is currently finalizing his Doctorate of Philosophy from Virginia Tech focusing on East Coast Seismicity and the NEHRP seismic provisions. He was a member of the NSF GEER Reconnaissance Team following the M5.8 2011 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake.

About the Talk –

Morgan will highlight on findings from the 2011 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake and ongoing research focusing on seismic design standards for the Washington, DC region. Analyses of DC area sites and those in similar geologic settings suggest that the current design standards do not account for unique conditions in the Central and Eastern United States. In some cases the code is overly conservative and in others it is insufficient; combined with a large stock of historic and aging buildings, the DC region could be facing a substantial financial and social dilemma. The challenges and implications of these findings will be discussed.


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