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The acclaimed giant-screen documentary Dream Big: Engineering Our World has inspired and delighted audiences in museums around the world. Now, ASCE with generous support from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) has set an ambitious goal: to put a copy of the Dream Big film and educational toolkit in every public school in America. To reach every school, we need your help! Give $5 to send a school a toolkit containing: A DVD of the full-length feature film; Teacher’s guide; Companion videos; Downloadable files for classroom use. ASCE has pledged a 1-to-1 match of all donations made by Sections and Branches before April 15 for middle school educational kits. Any amount that you pledge will go twice as far with the match from ASCE headquarters. NCS will designate all funds go only to local schools, thus ensuring your donation is super-charged, i.e. it gets doubled, it goes to your local schools, and it amplifies our efforts to increase the quality of engineering education in our K-12 schools and inspire future generations of civil engineers!

Second Generation Tools for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering

First-generation tools for performance-based earthquake engineering were developed and published in the mid 1990s as FEMA 273/274. Those documents presented tools and techniques for nonlinear static analysis, and proposed component-based, analysis-oriented acceptance criteria presented in terms of deterministic, albeit qualitative, performance levels. Subsequently, FEMA 273/274 were republished as ASCE/SEI Standard 41-06 and 41-13. In parallel with these ASCE publications, FEMA funded work on second-generation tools for performance-based earthquake engineering that embraced nonlinear dynamic analysis and descriptions of seismic performance that better mapped to metrics of importance to regulators and building owners, namely, repair cost, the cost of business interruption, and casualties. The presentation will summarize the first generation tools and describe key advancements in the second-generation tools, as documented in FEMA P-58. Calculation procedures for annualized risk, including the use of fragility functions, consequence functions, and advanced Monte Carlo analysis will be described.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM Registration - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Lunch/Speaker
Place: ASCE Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive Reston, VA 20191
Cost: $25 per person (member/nonmember)
Attendees will receive 1 PDH
RSVP: Please RSVP by Thursday, April 20th, to Lisa Anderson:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-429- 6631.
Cash or check made out to “ASCE National Capital Section” may be paid at the door.

Andrew Whittaker is Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo, and serves as the Director of MCEER. He is a registered civil and structural engineer in the State of California. Dr. Whittaker served as the Vice-President and President of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering ( from 2003 to 2011, and on the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute ( and the World Seismic Safety Initiative from 2008 to 2010. Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Southern California Earthquake Center. Dr. Whittaker made significant contributions to the first generation of tools for performance based earthquake engineering (FEMA 273/274, 1992-1997) and led the structural engineering team that developed the second generation of these tools (FEMA P58, 2000-2013). Whittaker serves on a number of national committees including ASCE 4, ASCE 7, and ASCE 43, and ACI 349. He is Chair of the ASCE Nuclear Standards Committee. His research interests are broad and include earthquake and blast engineering of buildings, long-span bridges and nuclear structures. The US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Federal Highway Administration, and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission fund his research. He consults to federal agencies, regulators, consultancies, contractors, and utilities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.

What is ASCE-NCS?

Welcome to the website of the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a professional society for civil engineers.  ASCE was founded in 1852, represents 130,000 members of the civil engineering professional worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society.

The National Capital Section was founded in 1916 and currently has more than 3,100 members.  The section is located in Region 2 (link to region 2: The National Capital Section serves the District of Columbia; the counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, except College Park in Prince Georges County; the counties of Fairfax and Arlington, and City of Alexandria in Virginia. The National Capital Section's mission includes:

  • To advance the professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering for our members and those we serve.
  • To advocate for our profession with those whose actions affect us, and to educate those whose actions and responsibilities could benefit from a better understanding of the contributions of civil engineers.
  • To improve our community through effective community outreach programs, local involvement and educational efforts.

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