Institution creates New Seismic and Dynamic Events PanelĀ 

Published: 12/07/2016

John Viise

Panel will build on the work of the Earthquake Engineering Advisory Working Group (EEAWG).

The Institution is forming a new Seismic and Dynamic Events Panel to build on the work of the Earthquake Engineering Advisory Working Group (EEAWG). The Panel, which will be chaired by John Viise CEng MIStructE (of Thornton Tomasetti) will include experts from regions around the world where seismic issues may be encountered in practice.

The Panel will work to augment rather than duplicate existing resources. Operating under the umbrella of our Design and Practice Risk and Structural Safety Committee, the Panel will use its first meeting to establish initial priorities, to be guided and informed by five main headings: 

•    External relations
•    Seismic design guidance
•    Training and certification
•    Resilience building in developing countries
•    Internal Institution matters

Chief Executive, Martin Powell, said: 

 “With members in over 105 countries, many of whom are world-leaders in the field, dynamic events is a field in which the Institution can support both the profession and the humanitarian arena, where the skills of engineers can have significant impact on pre and post event activities.

“I look forward to monitoring the progress of this important new Panel and I thank John Viise for his agreement to serve as inaugural Chair.”

Chair, John Viise offered:

“It is an honour to be asked to lead this effort for the Institution, which is well-positioned to lead in the development of good design practices internationally.  With regard to the issue of Earthquake Engineering, in particular, many countries are now establishing how Eurocode 8 will be incorporated into national design standards, so the formation of this Panel is timely.”


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