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August 2015
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August 22: Napa Valley Field Trip
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Join us for a full day bus tour of Napa Valley on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - one year after the M6.0 South Napa Earthquake. We will explore the geology of the region, fault rupture, wine barrel damage and repair, and warehouse damage, and we will finish the day in downtown Napa. Of course, wine tasting (and lunch) will be part of the day. RSVP as soon as possible to  to reserve your spot.  The cost is $75.00 per person.
Congratulations to UC Berkeley for a third place finish out of 38 teams in the 2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition held at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Boston! The Stanford University team won first place for their design proposal and finished 18th overall. San Francisco State finished in 28th place. 

Each team designed and built a building model made from balsa wood (weighing no more than 7 pounds) that was tested on a shaking table. Student teams were judged on their presentation, their summary poster, architectural design, fit within the design criteria, the analytical prediction of their model's performance, and the response of their model during shaking table testing.

UC Berkeley Seismic Design Team

Stanford Seismic Design Team

SFSU Seismic Design Team


Special thanks to our Events Committee for recent Chapter meetings. In case you missed them, in June, Amy Bach, the Executive Director of United Policyholders, gave a talk about earthquake insurance from the consumer perspective. United Policyholders is a non-profit with a mission to be an information resource about insurance for consumers. 

In February, Martin Hammer, architect with Builders without Borders; Ben Biddick, engineer, Build Change, KPFF; and Brian Tucker, founder of GeoHazards International, discussed their experiences helping Haiti rebuild after the 7.0 earthquake five years ago. The discussion included the importance of supporting Haiti's professionals, the challenge of working with poor building materials, and economic pressures.


In recent months, the Northern California Chapter Board of Directors has taken a fresh look at the Chapter's strategic plan, last updated in 2008. The revised strategic plan will help the Board focus on a mission of supporting members who have a common interest in reducing earthquake impacts in Northern California. The vision is for a dynamic and visible chapter with diverse membership and engaging events that helps members serve as leaders in the earthquake hazard mitigation field. Four specific goals are contained in the plan: (1) govern responsibly; (2) engage membership; (3) share knowledge; and (4) have impact. A series of proposed chapter initiatives and activities is being evaluated for consistency with the four goals. A draft will be distributed to chapter members for review a few weeks before December's holiday party.   An engaging activity at the party will involve collecting feedback from chapter membership. The board will use that feedback, along with comments received by other means, to finalize this revision of the strategic plan.

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