As a national advocate for safer cities throughout the United States, Optimum Seismic Chief Operating Officer Ali Sahabi participated last month in the American Institute of Architects Oregon’s URM Seismic Resilience Symposium.
The three-day event, held July 18-20 at Portland State University, featured two days of presentations from prominent engineers and architects from the Oregon, Washington and California, as well as leading experts from Canada, New Zealand and Italy. Day three included a behind-the-scenes tour of recently retrofitted buildings in the downtown Portland area.
Topics of discussion included:
- The latest research on earthquakes and the effects of seismic motion on buildings
- Unreinforced Masonry construction and seismic technology options
- Building codes and historic preservation requirements
- Seismic upgrade project considerations and costs
- Public policy, finance, and resiliency
Luca Nassi, principal of the Italian National Fire Brigade, spoke on his experiences with earthquake disaster and resilience efforts through enhanced building safety throughout Italy and abroad.
The symposium was organized in collaboration with the International Masonry Institute, American Institute of Architects Oregon, Structural Engineering Association of Oregon, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Association of Preservation Technology Northwest.
“Seismic safety is a matter of concern, not only in California, but all over the world,” Sahabi said. “It’s encouraging to see people from as far off as New Zealand and Europe coming together to share ideas and educate themselves about the latest approaches to building safety.”
As the voice of Oregon architects, AIA Oregon is the state’s chapter of the American Institute of Architects, providing over 1,500 members with practice resources, professional continuing education and advocating for sound public policies that support livable, sustainable communities. .For more information, visit aiaoregon.org.