Joint AEG/EERI Meeting – Tuesday, June 19 Old Spaghetti Factory

We are excited to announce a joint meeting with the Sacramento Regional Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) for our June event! Our speaker for this meeting will be Dr. Kevin W. Franke, PE from Brigham Young University. The topic of his talk will be “Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs) in Post-Earthquake Geotechnical Reconnaissance Following the 2016 Central Italy Earthquakes.” The meeting this month is sponsored by EROCK Associates, LLC!

The talk will be on Tuesday, June 19 at the Old Spaghetti Factory at 5:30PM (1910 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, Map).

Flyer PDF: 2018-06-19 June 2018 EERI AEG Joint Meeting Announcement


5:30–6:15pm – Social hour

6:15-7:00pm – Announcements & Dinner

7:00-7:45pm – Speaker

7:45-8:00pm – Questions

Speaker Abstract:

Three large earthquakes (M5.9 to M6.5) struck the Mt. Vettore region of the Central Apennines in Italy between August 24 and October 30 in 2016. The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (GEER) sent reconnaissance teams to the damaged area twice following these events: after the initial M6.0 in late August, and again after the larger M6.5 event in early December. Challenging terrain and geo-political conditions made traditional engineering reconnaissance of the affected villages and slope/rock slopes difficult, if not impossible. Researchers on the GEER team implemented an innovative solution to deploy sUAVs to collect aerial imagery from the sites of interest. This presentation summarizes the equipment that was used, the type of data that was collected, and the models of damaged sites that resulted from these efforts. Overall, the use of sUAVs in the post-earthquake reconnaissance was a success, and established a new standard for geotechnical reconnaissance following an extreme event.

Speaker Bio:

Kevin W. Franke, Ph.D., P.E. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University. Kevin’s principal research focus relates to geotechnical/earthquake engineering. Kevin and his students are currently developing performance-based (i.e., probabilistic) methods for dealing with soil liquefaction and its associated hazards. Additionally, Kevin is an investigator in the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), which is currently the only NSF-sponsored research center for UAVs. Kevin’s research focus in the Center deals with new and improved applications of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs) in monitoring infrastructure and performing post-disaster reconnaissance.

Prior to his current position at BYU, Kevin worked for 6 years as a professional civil engineering consultant for Kleinfelder, Inc. and URS Corporation. Kevin contributed to multiple significant projects throughout the western and central US including Kennecott Utah Copper tailings impoundment, facilities at Los Alamos National Labs, California High Speed Rail, North Torrey Pines Bridge seismic retrofit, I-15 Corridor Reconstruction in Utah County, Sacramento Area Flood Control Authority Levee Evaluations/Improvements, Levee improvements in New Orleans, Roscoe Wind Farm in Texas, Legacy Parkway in Utah, and multiple schools and hospitals throughout CA, OR, and WA. Kevin received his BSCE from Utah State University in 2004, is MSCE from University of Washington in 2005, and his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in 2011.

Sponsor: EROCK Associates LLC

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