While SRG3 will replace SRG2 and be in force following the June 22 workshop, there are seismic retrofit projects that are proceeding to the project definition phase now. Any engineers initiating Seismic Project Identification Reports (SPIRs) for school seismic projects before June 22 are urged to contact John Wallace of the Technical Review Board Steering Committee for advice and direction on how to proceed. This applies to all projects but is of greater importance for projects located on Vancouver Island or Haida Gwaii.
John Wallace can be contacted regarding SRG related questions at 604.789.8118 or via email at [email protected].
- 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration
- 8:30 AM–8:35 AM: Introduction; Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC
- 8:35 AM–8:50 AM: Ministry’s Perspective; Michael Nyikes, Ministry of Education
- 8:50 AM–9:05 AM: EM BC Perspective; Becky Denlinger, Emergency Management BC
- 9:05 AM–9:15 AM: SRG3 Applied Research Team; Andy Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
- 9:15 AM–9:30 AM: SRG3 Practice Implications; Andy Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
- 9:30 AM–9:55 AM:SRG3 Introduction; Carlos Ventura, PhD, P.Eng.
- 9:55 AM–10:15 AM: SRG3 International Perspective; Farzad Naeim, PhD, SE, Esq.
- 10:15 AM–10:30 AM: Refreshment Break
- 10:30 AM–11:00 AM: Guidelines and Commentary; Tim White, PhD, P.Eng.
- 11:00 AM–11:30 AM: Analyzer 1-Version 3.0; Armin Bebam Zadeh, PhD, EIT
- 11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Seismic Project Identification Report (SPIR); Lee Rowley, P.Eng.
- 12:00 PM–12:15 PM: SPIR Application; Kate Ulmer, P.Eng.
- 12:00 PM–1:30 PM: Lunch
- 1:30 PM–1:45 PM: TRB; Phillip Chambers, Manager, TRB
- 1:45 PM–2:15 PM: Practitioner TRB Review; John Wallace, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
- 2:15 PM–2:45 PM: Liquefaction—Geotechnical; Liam Finn, PhD, P.Eng.
- 2:45 PM–3:15 PM: Liquefaction—Structural; John Sherstobitoff, P.Eng.
- 3:15 PM–3:30 PM: Refreshment Break
- 3:30 PM–4:00 PM: Post-earthquake Evaluation Guidelines; Graham Taylor, PhD, P.Eng.
- 4:00 PM–4:30 PM: Laboratory Testing; Martin Turek, PhD, P.Eng.
- 4:30 PM–4:45 PM: Closing Remarks and Discussion; Andy Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
Armin Bebamzadeh, PhD, EIT
The University of British Columbia
Dr. Bebamzadeh joined the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) at UBC in May 2009 where he is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher under the supervision of Professor Carlos Ventura and participated in the development and implementation of the Seismic Performance Analyzer for the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines 1st Edition (SRG1). He works as a sessional instructor at the UBC Civil Engineering Department and BCIT. He received his PhD in structural engineering from the UBC in April 2009. His thesis involved developing and implementing a novel sensitivity analysis tool to foster numerical reliability analysis, optimization, validation and verification as it pertains to complex mechanical problems.
Teacher Regulation Branch, Ministry of Education
Mr. Chambers (of Phillip Chambers Consulting Ltd.) is a consultant that has been working working with the APEGBC team on the Ministry of Education’s Seismic Mitigation Program for over two years. With APEGBC, Phillip is the Technical Review Board Manager, and also acts as a liaison between the APEGBC team and the Ministry of Education. Over the past two years, Phillip has also worked with several school districts with a primary focus on developing Project Definition Reports for seismic projects, as well as acting as the project lead during the implementation of capital projects. Prior to becoming a private consultant, Phillip worked for the Ministry of Education and was the Regional Director responsible for delivering Seismic Mitigation Program for about five years. In his 30 year career with the Provincial government, Phillip was involved in a wide range of facilities and capital projects that includes time served with the Ministry of Forests, the Ministry of Health and Corrections Branch.
Liam Finn, PhD, P.Eng.
Dr. Finn was Professor of Civil Engineering at UBC from 1961–1999 and Anabuki Research Professor of Foundation Geo-dynamics at Kagawa University, Japan from 2000-2005. He is Editor of the Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and an international consultant in geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is an Honorary International Member of the Japanese Geotechnical Society and the Chinese Soil Dynamics Society and is Honorary Professor of the Institute of Building Construction in Beijing.
Andy Mill, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., FEC
David Nairne & Associates Ltd.
Mr. Mill is a professional engineer and designated structural engineer licensed by the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia (APEGBC), as well as a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In addition to a Civil Engineering degree, Mr. Mill holds a Masters degree in Structural Engineering, from the University of British Columbia. Andy is a partner in the architecture, engineering, and planning firm of David Nairne + Associates Ltd. (DNA) and has over 30 years of structural engineering experience. He has had the privilege to sit on APEGBC Council and numerous committees including Chair of the Seismic Peer Review Committee since its inception in 2004. As Chair of the Committee, Mr. Mill has been recognized with the 2007 APEGBC President’s Award Special Recognition; the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering 2010 Excellence in Innovation in Engineering; the Association of Consulting Engineers of BC 2013 Award of Excellence; and the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award. Mr. Mill was recently awarded the 2016 Meritorious Service Award from Engineers Canada.
Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC
Mr. Mitchell is the Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development at APEGBC. Peter is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs covering member's practice standards. Two key components of these programs are the APEGBC Practice Review Program and the development and adoption of practice guidelines.
Farzad Naeim, PhD, SE, Esq.
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc
Farzad Naeim is the Vice President and General Counsel at John A. Martin & Associates, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. He received his PhD in Structural Engineering from University of Southern California in 1982 and his J.D. with highest honors in 2002. In 2007, he received the Fazlur Khan Medal for lifetime achievements from Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He has served two terms (1995 and 2011) as the President of the Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council. Dr. Naeim is a Past-President and an honorary member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Farzad has published four textbooks, more than 140 peer-reviewed papers, and has developed 45 different software systems for earthquake engineering design and education.
Standards and Construction Branch, Ministry of Education
Mr. Nyikes has over 30 years private and public sector experience in construction, architecture, policy development and governance. He is the Director of the Standards and Construction Branch with the Ministry of Education’s Capital Division, and is responsible for determining the long-term provincial direction for the sector’s construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation programs for all K-12 buildings across BC. This includes oversight of approximately $600 million of capital projects annually for the Seismic Mitigation Program, Building Envelope Program, School Replacement and Expansion Programs, Carbon Neutral Capital Program, School Enhancement Program, and Bus Acquisition Program. His position plays an integral role in strategically setting capital policies, procedures, standards, best practices, and school district requirements in accordance with the ministry’s vision of ensuring safe and well-functioning schools that support 21st Century Learning Principles throughout the province.
Lee Rowley, P.Eng.
Herold Engineering Ltd.
Lee Rowley is a Principal of Herold Engineering Limited. Herold Engineering is a well-diversified Vancouver Island based consulting civil and structural engineering company which has worked on a significant number of school seismic upgrading projects on Vancouver Island. Lee is a member of the Steering Committee for the Technical Review Board of the school seismic upgrading program.
John Sherstobitoff, P.Eng.
Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.
Mr. Sherstobitoff is a structural engineer with over 30 years of experience, focusing on seismic upgrade projects since 1990. As Principal, Seismic and Structures at Ausenco, he is the corporate seismic specialist. John is currently chair of the Standing Committee on Earthquake Design (committee responsible for seismic provisions for NBCC 2015 and 2020), chair for its working group regarding base isolation and damping (new clauses in NBCC 2015) and chair for its task group on resilience and performance based design. He is on the Peer Review Committee and carries out TRB work regarding the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines for BC schools.
Graham Taylor, PhD, P.Eng.
TBG Seismic Consultants Ltd.
Dr. Taylor is a practicing structural consulting engineer who has specialized in seismic engineering over the past 30 years. His seismic engineering practice has been a combination of practice innovation and applied research. His applied research experience includes the 13-year Seismic Mitigation Program and 19 years of collaboration with UBC on a range of applied research projects. Dr. Taylor is a lead member of the SMP Advisory Committee, the APEGBC TRB Steering Committee and the UBC research team.
Martin Turek, Ph.D., P.Eng.
The University of British Columbia
Dr. Turek is a structural engineer with specialization in dynamic testing of structures. He currently splits his time between the Ministry of Transportation of BC and the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility at UBC. A co-founder of TVP Engineering in 2007, Dr. Turek has worked on many vibration related projects, in Canada, the US, Europe and the Middle East, which have included isolation of radar systems from steel-framed air traffic controller structures, and seismic certification of non-structural components.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management BC
Robert (Bob) Turner was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister with Emergency Management BC on September 6, 2016. Emergency Management BC is responsible for carrying out the powers and duties vested primarily in the Emergency Program Act. This involves leading the management of provincial emergencies and disasters and supporting other authorities within their areas of jurisdiction.
Prior to joining EMBC, Bob was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Integrated Resource Operations Division of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, where he was responsible for compliance and enforcement, BC Wildfire. Bob joined the BC Public Service with many years of experience in humanitarian and disaster operations, including large-scale program management in natural disaster, conflict, and post-conflict environments around the globe. He has led projects with the United Nations in Sudan, Rwanda, Iraq, and elsewhere. From 2012-2015, Bob was the Director of Operations for the UN Relief and Works agency in the Gaza Strip, where he managed human development and relief operations for 1.2 million Palestinian refugees.
Kate Ulmer, P.Eng.
Herold Engineering Ltd.
Kate Ulmer is an Associate with Herold Engineering Limited and the Manager of their Victoria office. Herold Engineering is a well-diversified Vancouver Island based consulting civil and structural engineering company which has worked on a significant number of school seismic upgrading projects on Vancouver Island. Kate has been involved in numerous BC school seismic upgrades projects as both the EOR and as prime consultant and has been the lead structural engineer from SPIR through construction on five Greater Victoria school seismic upgrade projects over the last four years.
Carlos Ventura, PhD, P.Eng.
The University of British Columbia
Dr. Ventura is a Civil Engineer with specializations in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada since 1992. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia, California and Guatemala. He is currently the Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) at UBC, and is the author of more than 200 papers and reports on earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and modal testing.
John Wallace, P.Eng., Struct.Eng.
John A Wallace Engineering Ltd.
Mr. Wallace was thePresident of Pomeroy Consulting Engineers Ltd. For the past 6 years, he has provided structural/seismic consulting services as John A Wallace Engineering Ltd. He has over 40 years of design and consulting experience. John is active with APEGBC on several fronts, including Member of the Seismic Peer Review Committee, Chair of the Seismic Technical Review Board, and Member of the Structural Qualifications Board.
Tim White, PhD, P.Eng.
Bush Bohlman & Partners
Dr. White is a Partner at the structural engineering firm, Bush, Bohlman & Partners. He has been heavily involved in the assessment and retrofit of schools and other types of buildings since entering the consulting industry in 2007. Previously Tim attended the University of British Columbia where he earned his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Perry Adebar and then later as a worked as a research on the earliest editions of the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines with Dr. Carlos Ventura.