SPA's Charlie Scawthorn led the assessment of fire following tsunami.
See our publications page for the report and related documents.
Contact us for a briefing (like this one) on what your organization can learn from the SAFRR tsunami scenario.
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors unanimously approve the Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Ordinance.
The ordinance grew out of the Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety, which SPA's Charlie Scawthorn helped to lead, and the soft story portion of the study, for which Keith Porter performed the risk analyses.
Water Supply In Regards to Fire Following Earthquakes . On 10 November 2011 Charles Scawthorn
presented the final report on Water Supply In Regards to Fire Following Earthquakes to the California Seismic Safety Commission
The report summarizes research Scawthorn conducted at the University of California at Berkeley's Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), where he is a Visiting Scholar.
National Academy of Sciences Summit for Managing Extreme Events: SPA's Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter attended this Washington, DC event on 7-9 September 2011, which brought together leaders from the research, policy, and re/insurance communities with expertise in various aspects of extreme events.
SPA's Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter have prepared a report on the effects of the 11 March 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.
Both Porter and Scawthorn
contributed to the unusually large issue (20 manuscripts), which highlights scientific and professional advances and interdisciplinary work among the earth-science, engineering and social-science disciplines.
9th Conference on Catastrophe Insurance in Asia: SPA's Charles Scawthorn gave a keynote talk on Lessons to be Learnt from the Recent Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, at the 9th Conference on Catastrophe Insurance in Asia.
The conference was held 8-9 June at The Westin Chaoyang
in Beijing, and had the theme "Responding to the New Normal in Catastrophes in Asia.
More information is available here.
May 2011 World Reconstruction Conference, Geneva:SPA's Charles Scawthorn spoke on the topic of Critical Infrastructure at the World Reconstruction Conference, held in Geneva as part of the UN ISDR's 2011 Global Platform for Disaster Reduction.
remarks can be viewed here.
HAZUS Open Source Committee Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences: SPA's Charles Scawthorn has been invited to chair the HAZUS Open Source Committee, for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).
The Committee will advise NIBS
on ways in which HAZUS
source code can be opened to selected users, as a first step to broadening the HAZUS
development base, in order to enhance HAZUS in a more timely manner.
May 2-3, 2011 Seismic Risk Mitigation Leadership Forum, San Francisco: SPA's Charles Scawthorn will present a major talk at this 400 person conference at the San Francisco Hilton, on the topic of fire following earthquake.
March 11, 2011 Japan Mw 9 Earthquake and Tsunami: SPA's Charles Scawthorn and colleagues have returned from an initial survey of the area affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
A brief initial report of their findings is available here, Dr. Scawthorn's
presentation at the PEER
28 April briefing at the University of California at Berkeley
may be viewed in this 24 minute video, and approximately 2,400 georeferenced photos may be viewed here.
March 2, 2011:Open-source risk vs.
Proprietary risk models, a talk presented by Charles Scawthorn
as part of a Distance Learning Seminar Series on Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific, sponsored by the World Bank
spoke in favor of Open Source Risk Models to an audience at many places around the world, including Indonesia (Jakarta), Lao PDR (Vientiane), Thailand (Bangkok), Vietnam (Hanoi), Cambodia (Phnom Penh), China (Beijing), Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar), Philippines (Manila), Singapore (Singapore), Japan (Tokyo) and Fiji (Suva).
View the 33 minute presentation here.
March 3-4, 2011: GEM Ontology and Taxonomy
(O&T) Workshop:A Workshop focusing on the Global Earthquake Model Taxonomy will be held at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
(University of California at Berkeley) to review an initial proposal for the GEM Taxonomy
, and develop selected portions of the Taxonomy.
SPA's Charles Scawthorn is Principal Investigator for the GEM O&T project, which is being performed by a consortium headed by the Alliance for Global Open Risk Analysis AGORA.
For more information on the O&T project see the GEM O&T website .
February 2011: Human Casualties in Earthquakes: Together with Prof. Robin Spence of Cambridge University (UK) and Dr. Emily So (USGS), SPA Principal Charles Scawthorn has co-edited a volume on Human Casualties in Earthquakes.
January 2011: California Seismic Safety Commission
: On Thursday January 13th at the State Capitol, Sacramento, Charles Scawthorn
provided a status report on a project he
is leading for the Seismic Safety Commission and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
(PEER, at the University of California at Berkeley).
December 2010: SPA plays a leading role in development of Global Earthquake Model: Principals Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter are both playing leading roles in the development of Global Earthquake Model (GEM).
Porter heads a global consortium for development of seismic Vulnerability functions for GEM, while Scawthorn
heads a global consortium for development of the theoretical and building classification underpinnings of GEM, termed the GEM Ontology and Taxonomy
Both of these projects were kicked off by Porter and Scawthorn
during the GEM Global Components meeting in Singapore 1-3 December.
is also coordinating US data collection for the GEM Consequences database project, while Porter is participating in the Data Collection Tools project.
October 2010: Urban Renewal and Disaster Risk Mitigation: Entities and Financing : SPA Principal Charles Scawthorn participated in a Working Symposium on Urban Renewal and Disaster Risk Mitigation October 17-19 at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.
September 2010: California Seismic Safety Commission on Water Supply in regard to Fire Following Earthquake: SPA Principal Charles Scawthorn is leading development of a White Paper for the California Seismic Safety Commission that will qualitatively review the current status of emergency water supply in California vis-à-vis fire following earthquake, and provide a series of recommendations for improvements if/where needed.
The White Paper is being developed in collaboration with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center
(PEER) of the University of California at Berkeley
, where Scawthorn
is a Visting Scholar.
June 2010: Understanding Risk Conference, World Bank: SPA Principals Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter participated in the Understanding Risk Conference organized by and held at the World Bank, Washington, DC June 1-6, 2010.
Scawthorn together with Dr. Brian Tucker of Geohazards International engaged in a "talk-show format" discussion of "who are the users of the Global Earthquake Model and what are their needs?".
Keith Porter led the overall assessment of physical damages, while Charles Scawthorn
performed the analysis of fire following earthquake.
Charles Scawthorn: (415) 315-9921,