Issue - June 2010

Dear CSCE Members in British Columbia,
Season's Greetings!
In this issue,
  1. New Local Section Executive Committee for 2010-2011
  2. Chile Earthquake of February 2010: Observations and Lessons for BC - Seminar, Victoria on 1:00-4:00pm, Monday, 28-June-2010
  3. Operational Modal Analysis - Workshop in October 2010
  4. Membership

1. New Local Section Executive Committee for 2010-2011
The CSCE Vancouver Section Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 formed the following Executive Committee for the term 2010-2011.
Chair: Jasmine Mihova
Immediate Past Chair: Shiva Tiwari (Keena Analytics)
Vice Chair: Lacey Hirtle (City of Vancouver)
Secretary: Madhav Nepal (UBC)
Treasurer: Dr. Rishi Gupta (BCIT)
Member: Dr. Mahmoud Rezai (EQ-Tec Engineering Ltd.)
Member: Dr. Sigi Stiemer (UBC)
Member: Faezeh Azhari (Ausenco Sandwell)
Member: Iraj Manshade (BCIT)

2. Chile Earthquake of February 2010: Observations and Lessons for BC - Seminar, Victoria on 1:00-4:00pm, Monday, 28-June-2010
The massive M8.8 Chile earthquake of 27 February 2010 resulted in significant loss of lives and damage to civil and transportation infrastructure. It could have been worse. Chile is a modern South American country with good awareness of their earthquake and tsunami risks and structural codes reflecting that. With a subduction zone just offshore very similar to ours in BC, this was a unique opportunity for our scientists and engineers to observe and learn.


The speakers: Dr. John Cassidy from Geological Survey of Canada, Dr. Carlos Ventura from UBC, Sharlie Huffman from BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Adrian Wightman of BGC Engineering were members of the Canadian Association of Earthquake Engineering Reconnaisance Team that spent 7 days and drove over 2,000 km in Chile the week after the earthquake. They will present background on the similarities and differences between Chile and BC, their observations of the performance of the ground and the infrastructure and the lessons they learned for BC.

The presentation will include seismicity, bridges, buildings, and geotechnical aspects of the earthquake.

Time and Venue:
1:00-4:00pm, Monday, 28 June 2010
Meeting Room 3A
Ministry of Tranportation and Infrastructure
940 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3E6

Download the Program Brochure with Registration Details (148 KB, pdf format)


This technical seminar is jointly organized by-
Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Vancouver Island Section
Structural Engineers Association of BC (SEABC) Vancouver Island Branch &
Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) Vancouver Island Chapter.

3. Operational Modal Analysis - Workshop in October 2010
CSCE Vancouver Section, in collaboration with the CSCE National and international partners, is offering a 3.5 day course on Operational Modal Analysis (OMA). This workshop was very well received in its previous offerings in various international locations.


The workshop will teach the participants the methods, techniques, and tools used to measure, analyze, and infer on ambient dynamic vibrations of structural members and assemblies in a hands-on manner with real-life applications. The intended audience includes structural engineers in the practices of seismic, aerospace, and mechanical engineering. The half day at the end of the course (fourth day) consists of trips to field sites in the BC Lower Mainland.


A detailed explanation of the Operational Modal Analysis approach can be found in the organizing partner's website

We are presently in the planning phases - please stay tuned to the Events section of our website for further updates -


4. Membership 
Being a CSCE member is a great way to advance your professional knowledge and network. There is strength in numbers - by increasing our membership base we can become a louder voice on matters relevant to the profession. Please spread the word to your colleagues.


Please visit and refer to your friends the CSCE National Website Membership page
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Sincerely Yours,

CSCE Vancouver Section

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