Capital Branch Speaker Lunch

August 22, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J. Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

August Lunch Meeting

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Old Spaghetti Factory
1910 J St
Sacramento, CA 95811
11:30 AM Networking, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Presentation

Topic: Earthquake Risk Assessment for Enhancing Seismic Resilience of the Built Environment
Speaker: Dr. Tom Nifuku, Miyamoto International, Inc.

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Earthquake risk assessment can probabilistically and numerically express potential seismic losses of the built environment.  This risk information can be used to enhance disaster resilience such as prioritized building retrofit implementation, earthquake recovery planning, and disaster risk management policy making.  Two case studies will be presented, including seismic risk assessments for the city Pasto, Colombia, and the public school system in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  The processes used to estimate building damage, casualties and debris volume will be presented.  Example building retrofit guidelines will also be presented along with the methodology used to prioritize their implementation for optimal efficacy. 

About the speaker:

Dr. Tom Nifuku is an expert for disaster-risk assessment and resilience enhancement of structures and infrastructure systems.  He developed MiyamotoQuake, which provides advanced probabilistic analysis of earthquake risks to structures.  Using MiyamotoQuake and other risk assessment tools, he works with many international organizations, such as World Bank, USAID, United Nations, and international governments and municipalities to evaluate and help manage seismic risks for regions such as Haiti, Mongolia, Latin Americas, Myanmar, Nepal and the U.S.  His approach to seismic risk analysis has led to the authorship of several technical publications covering business continuity planning and highway network recovery.  He has worked in the structural and seismic risk engineering industry for over 20 years.  He earned advanced degrees from Waseda University in Tokyo and University of California, Irvine, and he is a licensed professional engineer in California and Japan