March 3, 2020

Innovating with Materials

By: Matthew Bronski, Glenn Bell
Mankind has innovated with design and construction methods and materials since Homo Habilis laid one flat stone horizontally across two upright stones to build the first dolmen around 2,000,000 BCE. Since then, our progress in building materials innovation over the millennia has been tremendous. A short list of some of the most innovative buildings and structures in history would have a great deal of overlap with a list of the most beautiful and inspirational buildings and structures of all time.
February 27, 2020

2019 NYS Code Requirements of Parking Garage Structures Inspections and Maintenance

All parking garages under the jurisdiction of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code must undergo a periodic condition assessment to help ensure structural integrity and user safety. This is a recent mandate resulting from a...

February 13, 2020

Investigation and Initial Stability Analysis of a Wharf on Severely Deteriorated Steel H-Piles

By: Daniel Schuetz, Paul Schuman, Dominic Kelly, Daniel Robbins

The wharf at the Fore River Shipyard was built for shipbuilding circa 1960; recently, it was home to the USS Salem, a permanently-moored retired US Navy heavy cruiser that served as a museum. True to its intended purpose, the wharf is a robust...

February 13, 2020

Seismic Analyses for San Francisco Port-Wide Risk Assessment

By: Julie Galbraith, Gayle Johnson, Matt Wickens, Nason McCullough

The Port of San Francisco is a historic urban waterfront supporting a variety of businesses, transportation, tourism, and more. As part of a large rehabilitation project, the Port is performing a Port-wide multi-hazard risk assessment, which...

February 13, 2020

Combined Kinematic and Inertial Seismic Analysis of Marine Structures

In performance-based seismic design, a marine structure is designed for inertial loading effects associated with the dynamic response of the structure. Some waterfront structures also experience seismically induced kinematic effects, associated...

February 13, 2020

Rehabilitation, Safety Improvement, and Life Extension of a Geriatric Concrete Marine Oil Terminal

By: Gayle Johnson, William Bruin, Cheng Lai, John Chun

This paper will describe a $16M rehabilitation program of a 1960’s vintage, reinforced concrete marine oil terminal at the Port of Long Beach intended to enhance the performance and operational life of this critical infrastructure. The...

February 13, 2020

Seismic Fragility and Risk Assessment of Waterfront Structures at the Port of San Francisco

By: Gayle Johnson, Justin Pyun, Hope Seligson, Matt Wickens

A $5B program is underway at the Port of San Francisco to strengthen or replace the three mile long seawall. Part of the program is a multi-hazard risk assessment, evaluating the consequences of flooding due to sea level rise and earthquake...