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***Wednesday, November 14, 2012***
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We are pleased to announce that the Geotechnical Group, Los Angeles Section - ASCE and AEG Southern California Section will host a joint meeting on Wednesday, November 14th at Stevens Steak House in Commerce. Dr. Jonathan D. Bray, Professor at U. C. Berkeley will be presenting the 2012 William B. Joyner Memorial Lecture (sponsored by the Seismological Society of America and Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) on Building Near Faults.

Please see below for more information including whom to RSVP

Topic: "Building Near Faults"

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan D. Bray,
U. C. Berkeley, PhD., P.E.

Location: Steven's Steak House
5332 Stevens Place, City of Commerce, CA
(323) 723-9856

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5:30pm - Social Hour
6:30pb - Dinner
7:30pb - Program

Cost: $35 per person with reservations in advance for ASCE/AEG/EERI members, $40 without reservations (at the door), $ Free with a valid Student ID

RSVP: Please email Katrick Atyam at

Please make reservations by e-mail prior to 12 noon, Friday, November 9, 2012

Designing facilities very near active faults presents unique challenges that require an interdisciplinary approach. Sound engineering and earth science principles can be employed to address the hazards associated with surface fault rupture and near-fault ground shaking. Robust procedures exist for evaluating the consequences of permanent and transient ground movements. Whereas their use in designing systems to accommodate ground movements due to a variety of phenomena is widely accepted, their use in areas containing surface traces of active faults is often questioned, even when the anticipated ground movements are minimal. Active faults cannot always be avoided, nor should they be avoided when their hazard is far less than other hazards. We can live with the earth's faults.
Speaker Biography:
Jonathan Bray is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned engineering degrees from West Point (B.S.), Stanford University (M.S.), and U. C. Berkeley (Ph.D.). He has been a registered professional civil engineer since 1985, and he has served as a consultant on several key engineering projects, peer review panels, and legal cases. Prof. Bray has authored more than 250 research publications. His expertise includes surface fault rupture, ground motions, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, and post-earthquake reconnaissance. He has earned several honors, including the Joyner Lecture, Prakash Research Award, ASCE Huber Research Prize, Packard Foundation Fellowship, and NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award.