Joint Member Dinner Meeting with EERI

April 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Stone Brewery Point Loma
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

From Earthquake Scenario to Resilience by Design – What San Diego can Learn from the Los Angeles Experience 

David Cocke, SE, President of Structural Focus and member of the LA Mayor’s Task Force on seismic resilience, will present the Los Angeles experience starting with the Great Shakeout, the 2008 San Andreas earthquake scenario study, leading to inventorying of the high risk seismically vulnerable buildings in Los Angeles, and ultimately to development of the City’s Resilience by Design seismic mitigation policies to address the seismic retrofit of soft story wood frame buildings and non-ductile concrete frame buildings, and mitigation of other key infrastructure systems. 

Tony Court, SE, President of A. B. Court & Associates and Co-Chair of Working Group 2 of the San Diego-Tijuana Scenario team, will provide an update on the developments in the San Diego-Tijuana earthquake scenario study, the inventorying of seismically vulnerable buildings and the potential for development of seismic mitigation and resiliency planning for San Diego.  He will discuss lessons learned from the Los Angeles experience and how San Diego can benefit by applying those lessons in developing recommendations for San Diego’s seismic mitigation and resiliency by design policies.  

The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion among several key San Diego stakeholders and a “townhall” Q&A with the audience.

David Cocke, S.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE, founded Structural Focus in Los Angeles in 2001 after 20 years at Degenkolb Engineers. He is a registered structural engineer in a dozen states and has an expertise in seismic evaluation, historic preservation, retrofit design and new structural design.  Some of David’s more notable projects include the Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, the Google Los Angeles headquarters, Red Bull North America headquarters, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple restoration in Los Angeles, multiple buildings at Dreamworks, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures, and many others. David served on Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Special Task Force in 2015 for the writing of the Resiliency by Design document.    

David is the current Vice-President of EERI and serves on the Board of Governors of the Structural Engineers Institute and on the Board of the Los Angeles Conservancy. He has served on numerous Boards for the Structural Engineers Association of California, and on boards of several other preservation organizations.  In addition, David is the SEAOC appointed Structural Engineer Alternate on the California Historical Building Safety Board, serving in that position since 2007.  

Tony Court, S.E., SEAOC Fellow, is President of A. B. Court & Associates in San Diego, specializing in historic building seismic retrofit and performance based seismic engineering.  He is past-President of SEAOSD and past-Chair of the SEAOC and SEAOSD Existing Buildings Committees, Sustainable Design Committees, and Performance Based Seismic Engineering Subcommittees.  He represents SEAOSD on the Board of Directors for the Applied Technology Council and has served on many past ATC projects.  He represented SEAOC and the US in international post-earthquake investigations in L’Aquila, Italy and Christchurch, New Zealand.  He currently co-Chairs Working Group 2 Buildings & Infrastructure for the San Diego-Tijuana Earthquake Scenario Project.

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$35.00 SEAOSD Members

$20.00 Fellow & Life Members

$45.00 Non-Members

$10.00 Students

$35.00 EERI Members