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  • The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    the Blume Center contributes to the understanding of earthquakes and their effects on structures These activities include research instruction publication of reports and articles and sponsorship of seminars and conferences Subscribe to Blume Center Announcements If you would like to receive announcements of seminars and other events from the Blume Center please enter your information Email Address First Name Last Name News Stanford Well Represented at EERI Awards Plenary at

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  • The History of the Blume Center | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    performance of large shear walls masonry structures frames and other structural elements These experiments were important for understanding building vibrations and the implications of dynamic performance on static design FOUNDING OF THE BLUME EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING CENTER In order to encourage the advancement of earthquake engineering research and education at Stanford Dr John A Blume proposed the formation of the Earthquake Engineering Center that bears his name Since its founding in 1974 the Blume Center has functioned as the umbrella for all earthquake engineering activities at Stanford University The Blume Center has published more than one hundred technical reports and has organized major conferences such as the Second US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and the Fourth International Conference on Seismic Zonation Researchers at the Blume Center have done pioneering work in many aspects of earthquake engineering including seismic hazard and risk analysis earthquake occurrence and ground motion modeling component and system reliability experimental research on small scale models of structures and components evaluation of damage potential of ground motions and development of seismic design methodologies LOMA PRIETA EARTHQUAKE AND THE RETROFIT In 1989 the Loma Prieta earthquake a 7 1 magnitude quake centered in the Santa Cruz Mountains caused a considerable amount of damage to buildings on the Stanford Campus including Building 02 540 home to the John A Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Built in 1912 the building that now houses the Blume Center was originally an industrial engineering shop and aerodynamics lab and has undergone significant changes over its lifetime The building was constructed of lightly reinforced concrete piers and tie beams and unreinforced masonry infill with heavy wood timber trusses It is considered to be a very important part of the University heritage and so every effort was made to preserve its original exterior appearance as well as all original construction material The seismic strengthening of the Blume Center began in April of 1994 entailed improving the building to provide higher seismic strength enhancing the building for disabled access updating the fire suppression and detection system and upgrading the building s telecommunications system These concerns represent the needs and goals identified by Stanford University and required by Santa Clara County The connections between the high roof diaphragm monitor and roof trusses were strengthened to resist seismic forces Bracing was added to the monitor side walls to transfer shear forces to the lower diaphragm The lower roof diaphragm was strengthened by the addition of plywood sheathing The ties between the lower roof diaphragm and walls were improved for shear and out of plane forces New structural steel tubes were added as supplemental support for the existing roof trusses in the west portion where they are supported by the existing concrete and masonry wall Supplemental supports were not needed in the east portion where a substantial new shear wall provides lateral resistance and gravity load carrying capacity Lateral forces in the longitudinal east west direction are resisted by concrete walls placed on the inside face of the existing walls Lateral

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  • The Life of John A. Blume | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    building model It was built to simulate the motion of the existing multi story Alexander Building in San Francisco This 15 story building model was of a lumped mass and spring type and was constructed to have five degrees of freedom per story It could be tested over and over again without damage and its local characteristics could be altered for parameter studies The Alexander Model is still on display in the lobby of The John A Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Dr Blume s thesis was on the dynamic response of buildings and in January of 1935 he received his Degree of Engineer During his college career Dr Blume supported himself with many part time jobs Having a wonderful musical talent he was second tenor in a quartet that used to sing with dance bands in the Rose Room of the Palace Hotel He also played the guitar and banjo His sense of humor was legendary as was his sports car escapades While he was in college he once drove from Stanford to Lake Tahoe in four hours evading the law the entire way an amazing feat in the 1930 s PRIVATE PRACTICE Dr Blume s first engineering job while he was still an undergraduate student was with the Seismological Division of the U S Coast and Geodetic Survey forerunner of the U S G S In 1935 and 1936 he worked as a construction engineer on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Later he worked for the Standard Oil Company of California and the structural engineering design firm of H J Brunnier In 1945 Dr Blume established John A Blume and Associates JAB which soon became the preeminent consulting firm in structural and earthquake engineering In 1970 his firm merged with the URS Corporation forming URS John A Blume and Associates now URS Greiner JAB designed or analyzed scores of special earthquake projects among them the two mile long Stanford Linear Accelerator the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco the restoration of the California State Capitol and the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Other projects included the first man made offshore island for oil production near Ventura California the supersonic wind tunnel at Moffet Field earthquake research on school buildings for the California Division of Architecture over 40 nuclear power plants in the United States and six other countries deep water harbors and research on structural response to underground nuclear explosions and sonic booms In 1949 Dr Blume helped found the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute EERI He is also a Honorary Member of the New York Academy of Sciences Structural Engineers Association of Northern California SEAONC EERI ASCE American Concrete Institute and the International Association of Earthquake Engineering Over 150 paper articles and books have been published by Dr Blume a remarkable number for a person in private practice A RETURN TO SCHOOL After thirty years as a dropout Dr Blume returned to Stanford University in 1964 at the age of 55 to study for his Ph D He had

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  • People | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    Professor Civil Environmental Engineering Gregory G Deierlein John A Blume Professor in Civil Environmental Engineering Director John A Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Anne S Kiremidjian Professor Civil Environmental Engineering Kincho Law Professor Civil Environmental Engineering Michael Lepech Assistant Professor Civil Environmental Engineering Eduardo Miranda Associate Professor Civil Environmental Engineering Consulting Faculty Roger Borcherdt U S Geological Survey Martin W McCann Jr Director National Performance of Dams Program Piotr D Moncarz

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  • Contact Us | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    Us History of the Center John A Blume People Contact Us Student Organizations MAILING ADDRESS John A Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Stanford University Bldg 540 MC 3037 Stanford CA 94305 SHIPPING ADDRESS John A Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Stanford University Bldg 540 439 Panama Mall Stanford CA 94305 650 723 4150 o 650 725 9755 f jabeec email stanford edu You are here Contact Us Contact Us The John A

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  • Student Organizations | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    worldwide ASCE s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life Comprised of Regional Councils Younger Member Councils Sections Branches Student Chapters and Clubs and International Student Groups the Society and its volunteers are fully engaged in making this a better world by design For more information about the Stanford chapter of ACSE visit our website at http asce stanford edu Earthquake Engineering Research Institute The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute EERI http www eeri org is a national nonprofit technical society of engineers geoscientists architects planners public officials and social scientists EERI members include researchers practicing professionals educators government officials and building code regulators Mission Statement The objective of EERI is to reduce earthquake risk by 1 advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering 2 improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical social economic political and cultural environment 3 advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes For more information about the Stanford chapter of EERI visit our website at http eeri stanford edu Engineers for a Sustainable World Engineers for a Sustainable World ESW USA is a non profit organization that addresses engineering based challenges

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  • News and Events | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response Workshop Papers and Presentations You are here News and Events News and Events News Stanford Well Represented at EERI Awards Plenary at the 10NCEE Professor Kiremidjian Elected to ASCE Distinguished Member Liel and Deierlein Awarded Spectra Outstanding Paper Yao Xiao Awarded 2013 SOM Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship Professor Baker receives Eugene L Grant and IASSAR Awards Report on Levees and Flood Risk Released

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  • Blume Center Technical Reports | The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center
    I Borja Nov 1998 128 A Modular Wireless Damage Monitoring System for Structures E G Straser and A S Kiremidjian Sep 1998 127 Evaluation of Bridge Damage Data from the Loma Prieta and Northridge CA Earthquakes N I Basöz and A S Kiremidjian Nov 1997 126 Methodologies for Evaluating the Socio Economic Consequences of Large Earthquakes A S Kiremidjian S A King N I Basöz K H law M Vucetic M Doroudian V Iskandar R Olson J Eidinger K Goettel and G Horner Oct 1997 125 Nonlinear Controller using Variable Damping Elements for Civil Structures T Hatada and H A Smith Sep 1997 124 A Stochastic Automata Network for Earthquake Simulation and Hazard Estimation M E Belubekian and A S Kiremidjian Aug 1997 123 Modeling and Active Control of Cable Stayed Bridges Subject to Multiple Support Seismic Excitation A G Schemmann and H A Smith Jun 1997 122 Performance Based Strategy Evaluation Methodology for Earthquake Risk Management A Gupta and H C Shah Jun 1997 121 An Urban Earthquake Disaster Risk Index R A Davidson Jun 1997 120 Evaluation of Inelastic MDOF Effects for Seismic Design G D P K Seneviratna and H Krawinkler Jun 1997 119 A Method for Earthquake Motion Damage Relationships with Application to Reinforced Concrete Frames A Singhal and A S Kiremidjian Oct 1996 118 Risk Assessment for Highway Transportation Systems N I Basöz and A S Kiremidjian Nov 1996 117 Effects of Architectural Walls on Building Response to Ambient and Seismic Excitations V L Vance and H A Smith Jun 1996 116 H Control for Vibration Control of Civil Structures in Seismic Zones J G Chase and H A Smith Sep 1995 115 Method for Developing Motion Damage Relationships for Reinforced Concrete Frames A Singhal and A S Kiremidjian Jan 1995 114 Prioritization of Bridges for Seismic Retrofitting N I Basöz and A S Kiremidjian Jan 1995 113 Adaptive Dynamic Analysis Considering Structural Lifespan An Approach Based on Fuzzy Mathematics S Wadia Fascetti and H A Smith Aug 1994 112 Optimal Structural Control Considering Soil Structure Interaction Effects W H Wu and H A Smith Jul 1994 111 Regional Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis through Geographic Information Systems S A King and A S Kiremidjian Jun 1994 110 Wind Hazard Analysis in Hurricane Prone Regions H C J Lai and A S Kiremidjian Dec 1993 109 Vibration Analysis Skeletal Systems using a Mixed Formulation with an Arnoldi Based Nonlinear Eigensolution in Technique R K Singh and H A Smith Dec 1993 108 Effects of Soft Soil and Hysteresis Model on Seismic Demands M Rahnama and H Krawinkler Jul 1993 107 Computer Assisted Conceptual Structural Design of Steel Buildings H Fuyama H Krawinkler and K H Law Jul 1993 106 U S P R C Workshop on Experimental Methods in Earthquake Engineering Edited by H Krawinkler and B Zhu Jul 1993 105 A Method for Structural Safety Evaluation under Mainshock Aftershock Earthquake Sequences Y Sunasaka and A S Kiremidjian Jul 1993 104 A Generalized Semi Markov Process for Modeling Spatially and Temporally Dependent Earthquakes K A Lutz and A S Kiremidjian Jul 1993 103 Nonlinear Seismic Analysis and Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings Supplementary Proceedings of a Workshop Held in Bled Slovenia July 13 16 1992 Edited by H Krawinkler and P Fajfar Published in conjunction with the Institute for Structural and Earthquake Engineering Department of Civil Engineering University of Ljubljana Dec 1992 102 An Integrated Inventory Methodolgy for Seismic Damage Assessment R Vasudevan A S Kiremidjian and H C Howard Dec 1992 101 A Methodology for Nonlinear Soil Structure Interaction Effects Using Time Domain Analysis Techniques R I Borja and H A Smith Jun 1992 100 A Seismic Monitoring and Alarm System in Real Time SMART for Intelligent Structures Y Takeuchi H A Smith and H C Shah Jun 1992 99 Optimum Resource Allocation for Seismic Retrofit of Structures A Strategy for Seismic Risk Management P Stojanovski M F Bendimerad and H C Shah Jun 1992 98 Identification of High Risk Areas Through Integrated Building Inventories Dimitris N Rentzis Anne S Kiremidjian and H Craig Howard Mar 1992 97 Simple Site Dependent Ground Motion Parameters for the San Francisco Bay Region A S Kiremidjian S King M Sugito and H C Shah Nov 1991 96 Extension of Study on Fundamental Period of Reinforced Concrete Moment Resisting Frame Structures F M Bendimerad H C Shah and T Hoskins Jun 1991 95 Seismic Demands for SDOF and MDOF Systems A A Nassar and H Krawinkler Jun 1991 94 Method for Rock Fissure Hazard Analysis M Noda and A S Kiremidjian Mar 1991 93 Seismic Zoning and Ground Motion Parameters for El Salvador C S Alfaro A S Kiremidjian and R A White Dec 1990 92 Random Field Models of Spatially Varying Ground Motions K Tamura S R Winterstein and H C Shah Oct 1990 91 Seismic Studies on Small Scale Models of Adobe Houses E L Tolles III and H Krawinkler Oct 1990 90 Strength and Ductility Considerations in Seismic Design J D Osteraas and H Krawinkler Aug 1990 89 Seismic Reliability Analysis Methods for Elevated Spherical Tanks A T Y Tung and A S Kiremidjian Jun 1989 88 A Stochastic Ground Motion Forecast Model with Geophysical Considerations S Suzuki and A S Kiremidjian Sep 1988 87 Fundamental Period of Reinforced Concrete Moment Resisting Frame Structures V V Bertero F M Bendimerad and H C Shah Oct 1988 86 A Semi Markovian Model for Low Cycle Elastic Plastic Fatigue Crack Growth F H Al Sugair Jul 1988 85 Seismic Hazard Evaluation for Sites in California Development of an Expert System M Lamarre Jun 1988 84 A Nonstationary Probablilistic Model for Pore Pressure Development and Site Response Due to Seismic Excitation J N Wang and E Kavazanjian Jr Aug 1987 83 Structural System Reliability Analysis Method A Karamchandani Jul 1987 82 A Study of Factors Influencing Floor Response Spectra in Nonlinear Multi Degree of Freedom Structures R T Sewell C A Cornell G R Toro REI and R

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