Earthquake Hazard Mitigation of Woodframe Construction

About this project

The Earthquake Hazard Mitigation of Woodframe Construction project, or the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project consisted of a series of coordinated engineering investigations and implementation activities whose objective was to significantly reduce earthquake losses to woodframe construction. Testing focused on larger-size apartment and condominium building construction, as well as houses; non-residential (e.g. school and commercial) as well as residential buildings; and both existing and new construction. The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a grant administered by the California Governors Office of Emergency Services.

The stated mitigation goal of FEMA was to reduce natural disaster losses by half by the year 2010. The exposure (the tremendous amount of value at risk), and the vulnerability (or damageability, as demonstrated by the Loma Prieta and especially the Northridge Earthquake) of woodframe construction makes this goal unattainable unless current trends are reversed. The Earthquake Hazard Mitigation of Woodframe Construction project, or the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project, is substantial in scale and comprehensive in its scope because the problem it tackles is proportionately large and multi-faceted.

Project Management

- Prof. John Hall, Principal Investigator

- Prof. André Filiatrault (Experimental Studies)

- Prof. G. G. Schierle (Statistical Analysis)

- Kelly Cobeen, S.E. (Building Codes and Standards)

- L. Thomas Tobin, S.E. (Economic Aspects)

- Prof. Jill Andrews (Education & Outreach)


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