EPICentre Seminars - Status of Tsunami Design in the USA

07 December 2021, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


In this seminar Prof Ian Robertson from University of Hawaii at Manoa will give an overview on the status of tsunami design research and code requirements in the USA.

This event is free.

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Arash Nassirpour – UCL EPICentre / Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

This presentation will give an overview of the status of tsunami design research and code requirements in the USA. Topics will include a brief description of the ASCE 7-16 Tsunami Loads and Effects design requirements, with reference to some of the changes coming in the ASCE 7-22 version to be published early next year. One of these changes is the development of High-resolution Tsunami Design Zone mapping performed for highly populated areas of Hawaiʻi, California and Washington State. Another change clarifies the application of tsunami pushover analysis, and the effects of uplift forces, both of which were developed in collaboration with researchers at University College London. Several new buildings have already incorporated tsunami design provisions of ASCE 7. These will be discussed in terms of modifications required to accommodate tsunami design.

Matsubara Community Apartment Building, built in 2007 as Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Refuge per Japan Codes. Roof area served as refuge during 2011 Tohoku Tsunami, saving 44 lives.

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Photo Credit: Prof Ian Robertson

About the Speaker

Prof Ian Robertson

Chair & Arthur N. L. Chiu Distinguished Professor at University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Robertson is the Arthur N.L. Chiu Distinguished Professor of Structural Engineering and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He is a registered structural engineer in the State of Hawaii and is a past-president of the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii (SEAOH) and past-chair of the Hawaii State Earthquake and Tsunami Advisory Committee (HETAC).  His research interests include the performance of steel and concrete structures during seismic, hurricane, tsunami and other extreme loading events, the long-term behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, material properties of bamboo, coconut and other tropical timber, and corrosion of reinforcing steel and galvanized light gage steel. More about Prof Ian Robertson