American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter

Global Prospective: Seismic Risk Management and Reconstruction (2 HSWs)

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Join Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto, S.E., President & CEO of Miyamoto International, Inc. for an in depth discussion of seismic risk management and reconstruction.

Nearly 40% of the largest cities in the world and hundreds of millions of people live in areas that can experience major earthquakes, resulting in large numbers of casualties, and placing a large burden on the regional and national economy. Earthquakes in Haiti and Christchurch have had long-term impact on society.

The 2010 Haiti Earthquake affected 3 million people and over 300,000 people are still displaced. An unprecedented reconstruction effort, incorporating local materials and masons but based on international standard, is currently underway to repair and strengthen 120,000 damaged buildings, allowing people to return to safe homes and produce a seismically resilient community in this developing country. The 2011 earthquakes effecting New Zealand showed the need for seismic risk mitigation programs in developed countries. In New Zealand, older and newer buildings were damaged. The damage to these buildings was not unexpected because the building codes only focus on life safety rather than developing earthquake resilient communities. Over 50% of the 2400 buildings in the downtown area required demolition.

In Bangkok, where the effects of long distance and long duration of earthquakes are a serious concern due to soft soil, the commercial sector has initiated a seismic strengthening program for high rise buildings. A systematic seismic risk reduction program is critical, by understanding the limitations of the building codes. A seismically resilient community can be built if both public and commercial sectors rigorously participate in a broader program.

Speaker Bio

Dr. H. Kit Miyamoto S.E., is the CEO for Miyamoto International a California Seismic Safety Commissioner and a governing board member for Global Earthquake Model. Under his leadership, more than 15,000 projects have been successfully completed worldwide. Dr. Miyamoto has won numerous awards including the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Excellence in Structural Engineering Award. Dr. Miyamoto specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, and disaster mitigation, response, and reconstruction.