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New Zealand and Japan Earthquake Webinar Available at No Charge

April 29, 2011 from American Institute of Steel Construction

(Chicago, IL) – Newly added to this year's NASCC: The Steel Conference (May 11-14 in Pittsburgh) is a special session on the recent earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan.

First in September, and then again in February, large earthquakes struck New Zealand killing 200 and causing more than $20 billion in damage. Alistair Fussell, manager of Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) will provide an overview of the events in New Zealand with a special emphasis on the performance of steel structures. Included will be a look at the performance of pure Eccentrically Braced Frames (EBFs), combination EBF/Moment Resisting Frames (MRFs), and Concentrically Braced Frames (CBFs). Finally, he'll provide some details on seismic research currently underway in New Zealand.

On March 11 Japan was rocked by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and a 30-foot tsunami. The wave was devastating and the damage to the Fukushima nuclear plant has dominated news since the event occurred. Structural damage reports are still preliminary, but this session will report on what is currently known. Gilberto Mosqueda of the University of Buffalo, who traveled to Japan after the earthquake, will report on what he saw there. His report will consist of preliminary observations of structural seismic and tsunami damage.

The session will be held on May 12 at 8:00 a.m. EST and admission is included with conference registration (for more information on NASCC: The Steel Conference or to register, please visit www.aisc.org/nascc).

In addition, for those not able to attend the conference in person, AISC will stream the session live over the Internet. There is no charge to view the session over the Internet. Access to the streaming video will be available at www.aisc.org/nascclive.

UPDATE: A free recording of the session is available at www.aisc.org/nascclive. PDH credits are made only to those in attendance at NASCC.


For more information contact:

Tasha O'Berski
Communications Department
(312) 670-5439
[email protected]



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