Linbeck Distinguished
Lecture Series


John A. Blume Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

October 2, 2001, 4:00 pm CDT,
Hesburgh Center Auditorium

"Progress and Challenges in Performance-based Earthquake Engineering"

Performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) implies design, evaluation, and construction of engineered structures whose seismic performance meets the diverse economic and safety needs of owners and society.  The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center has set the objective to develop procedures, knowledge, and tools that will provide the foundation on which to base the implementation of PBEE in engineering practice.  The approach is aimed at improving decision-making about seismic risk by making the choice of performance goals, and the tradeoffs they entail, apparent and transparent.  In the approach, decision variables are identified whose quantification, together with an assessment of important uncertainties, will make it feasible to characterize and manage economic and societal risks above and beyond potential loss of life and injuries.  The seminar will summarize the methodology that is being developed by PEER researchers, the challenges that have been encountered in formulating this methodology, and the progress that has been made to date.


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Available for download:

(Presentation Poster, 133 KB) Krawinkler, Helmut, "Progress and Challenges in Performance-based Earthquake Engineering".

(Paper 1, 97 KB) Krawinkler, Helmut, "Progress and Challenges in Performance-based Earthquake Engineering," International Seminar on Seismic Engineering for Tomorrow - In Honor of Professor Hiroshi Akiyama, Tokyo, Japan, November 1999.

(Paper 2, 35 KB) Cornell, C.A., and Krawinkler, Helmut, "Progress and Challenges in Seismic Performance Assessment," PEER Center News, Vol. 3, No. 2, Spring 2000.


Biographical Sketch of Helmut Krawinkler:

Helmut Krawinkler is the John A. Blume Professor of Engineering at Stanford University.  He received an Engineering Diploma from the Technical University Vienna, Austria, an M.S. degree from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.  He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1973 and has served for 10 years as director of Stanfordís John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center.  His research focuses on the seismic behavior of steel and reinforced concrete structures and on the development of general concepts for performance-based seismic design.  He is much involved in the development of guidelines for seismic design and in the implementation of research results in engineering practice.




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