2013 Buildings At Risk Summit Focused on Individual and Community Safety, Resiliency

Guest blogger Jeff Ellis, engineering manager
Guest blogger Jeff Ellis, engineering manager

The Structural Engineers Association of Northern and Southern California hosted the third annual Buildings At Risk ǀ Earthquake Loss Reduction Summit in Los Angeles on October 8 and in San Francisco on October 15. Robust panel presentations and discussions presented by professionals from diverse yet complimentary fields targeted a mixed audience of building owners, architects, engineers, government officials, insurance representatives, and financial industry representatives.

2013 BAR Summit Los Angeles. Image credit: SEAOSC.
2013 BAR Summit Los Angeles. Image credit: SEAOSC.

The first panel, The Single Building and the City: Why Every Building Counts, discussed community vulnerability due to our increasing interconnectivity and how the demise of certain individual buildings from a seismic event could have large detrimental affects on the initial response and recovery of the city or the region they’re located within. Buildings which house important or widely used computer networks and servers or the major employer of a community are just a few examples.

BAR Summit Panel 2: The Current Situation. Image credit: SEAOSC.
BAR Summit Panel 2: The Current Situation. Image credit: SEAOSC.

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