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This profile was last updated on 12/14/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Dr. Charles Scawthorn

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Phone: (415) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: c***@***.com
Local Address:  California , United States
2501 Bellaire St
Denver , Colorado 80207
United States

Company Description: SPA Risk LLC is a consulting firm with special expertise and experience in natural hazards model development, risk assessment, and risk mitigation for agencies and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    IDRiM Society


  • Cooper Union
  • MSCE degree
    Lehigh University
73 Total References
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SPA people, 14 Dec 2015 [cached]
Who we are - SPA Risk LLC is led by co-Presidents Charles Scawthorn, SE, and Keith Porter, PE
Charles Scawthorn, SE, D.Eng.
Academic background: Professor, Kyoto University (ret); D.Eng., Kyoto University, Japan; M.S.C.E., Lehigh University, PA; Bach. Engineering, The Cooper Union, NY.
Charles Scawthorn has 35 years of experience assessing risk and developing integrated mitigation programs for natural and technological hazards worldwide. Clients include FEMA, OES, the World Bank, Global 1000 corporations and insurance companies. From 1998 to 2003 he led technical development of the US national Flood Loss Estimation Model (HAZUS) for FEMA, and is widely recognized for the development of methods for rapid risk analysis of buildings (FEMA 154), seismic vulnerability assessment of US national infrastructure (FEMA 224), stochastic models of fires following earthquakes, models for optimizing urban land use with respect to natural hazards risk, general loss estimation models for earthquake, wind and flood, and seismically reinforcing low-strength masonry buildings.
Home, 14 Dec 2015 [cached]
On October 13, 2015, SPA's Charles Scawthorn attended an organizing meeting of GADRI held at Kyoto University's Disaster Prevention Research Intitute (DPRI), Uji, Japan.
As part of the Haywired project for the USGS, SPA's Charles Scawthorn and Keith Porter organized a Workshop on Oct. 29 in Berkeley California.
SPA's Charles Scawthorn visited the affected region, examined buildings and lifelines, spoke with fire departments, utility operators, and others.
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.
On June 21-22, 2012 SPA's Charles Scawthorn gave two Invited Lectures at Lloyds of London.
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. His 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 and FEMA 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. Dr. Scawthorn 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.
Scawthorn 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,
IDRiM Society, 15 Mar 2014 [cached]
Charles Scawthorn
Kyoto University, Japan
GEER: Organization, 5 July 2009 [cached]
Charles Scawthorn, Ph.D., Kyoto University (structural engineer/lifelines)
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