SEAOSD joint Member Dinner with EERI April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

2017 Mexico City Earthquake Briefing and Lessons Learned

Presentation Outline:

On the 32nd anniversary of the 8.1 earthquake that devastated Mexico City on September 19, 1985, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred 120 km from Mexico City.  This September 19, 2017 earthquake resulted in approximately 44 collapsed buildings, over 1,000 damaged buildings, and 369 deaths.  Private firms, educational institutions, and research institutes sent reconnaissance teams to observe the damage and help local authorities with building assessments.  Members from three different organizations will provide a debrief and lessons learned. 


Jorge Meneses, PhD, PE, GE, D.GE, F. ASCE – Part of GEER Team: Geotechnical and Seismology


Jeremy T. Callister, SE – Part of Degenkolb Engineers Team: Building damage within Mexico City


Darin Aveyard, PE – Part of Reid Middleton Team:  Building damage and Lifelines


Speaker Bios: 

Jorge F. Meneses, PhD, PE, GE, D.GE, F.ASCE

Jorge Meneses is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with RMA Group, Inc., California Seismic Safety Commissioner, and President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) San Diego. He is an expert in geotechnical, foundation and earthquake engineering. Areas of expertise include probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard analysis, seismic deaggregation, selection and modification of earthquake ground motions, site response and characterization, liquefaction and lateral spread evaluation and mitigation, seismic stability of earthworks, post-earthquake reconnaissance, numerical modeling and advanced geotechnical testing. Dr. Meneses specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis, and analysis and design of pile foundations subjected to liquefaction and lateral spread. He has experience with seismic hazard evaluation and ground motions development in different seismo-tectonic environments, and is very knowledgeable with seismic regulations for dams, buildings, bridges, nuclear facilities, ports and others.  

Dr. Meneses has professional experience in US, Japan, Peru, India, and Mexico. He has been involved in numerous projects serving as a technical lead in earthquake geotechnical engineering and foundation engineering across the country. Dr. Meneses frequently acts as a peer reviewer for technical conferences and technical journal publications, is a guest speaker for domestic and international conferences, and has published more than 60 technical publications. He is currently a part-time instructor in the graduate school of San Diego State University, and University of California San Diego Extension. He is also the President and Founder of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) San Diego Chapter, past Member of the ASCE 7-16 (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures) and ASCE 1 (Geotechnical Analysis, Design, Construction, Inspection and Monitoring of Nuclear Safety-Related Structures) Committees, Honorary Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter, member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

Jeremy T. Callister, SE:

Jeremy T. Callister, is an Associate Principal with Degenkolb Engineers and a licensed Structural Engineer in multiple states.  He is the past Chair of the Seismology Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of California, and currently serves as a Director for the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego.  Mr. Callister has developed a significant portfolio of work consisting of new building design, seismic retrofit design, and foundation underpinning/shoring as well as seismic related consulting services.  Acting as the prime consultant on complicated retrofit projects for OSHPD, he has led the design team and managed the coordination with the General Contractor, sub-contractors, and multiple government agencies (including OSHPD, local cities, SoCal Edison, and the Air Quality District).  Mr. Callister has traveled from Asia, to Europe, to the Caribbean to perform seismic evaluations of existing buildings for various clients.   He has participated in multiple earthquake reconnaissance teams from Degenkolb Engineers, including the 2010 Baja California earthquake and the 2017 Puebla Earthquake.  He is a proud father of three children.   

Darin Aveyard, P.E.

Darin has more than 11 years of diverse experience in the design of new facilities, repair of existing facilities, seismic evaluations, and rehabilitation of existing buildings. Darin spent most of his career working for the federal government; he worked 3 years for the Air Force and 8 years for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). While with NAVFAC, Darin won numerous On the Spot Awards, a NAVFAC SW Command Coin for his commitment and efforts in projects for the Joint Strike Fighter program at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, and even won a Chief Engineer’s Coin from the Chief Engineer of NAVFAC (globally) for his efforts to improve Public Works operations while at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. Darin is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD). Darin is conversational in Spanish.


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