SEAOC President’s Message – March 2015

By Ryan A. Kersting, S.E., 2014-2015 SEAOC President

This is already the 6th month of the SEAOC year (which runs October – September) and I want to make sure you are aware of the notable progress that has been made on many fronts. 

The SEAOC Ad Hoc EPRS Committee has begun meeting to review and discuss the SEAONC Earthquake Performance Rating System (EPRS).  The discussions at the state level will be informed by input from the local level from individual members as well as SEAOC and local seismology and existing buildings committees. 

The SEAOC Communications Committee is hard at work drafting policy statements and other media-ready material on various topics that will be vetted by the appropriate technical committee(s) and the SEAOC Board.  The goal is to build a library of such documents to help explain SEAOC’s position on a number of topics in language suitable for distribution to media outlets and the public in general.

The SEAOC Legislative Committee has been extremely active presenting to legislative committees; meeting with legislative staff and consultants; collaborating with BPELSG and other stakeholder groups; and establishing positions on the latest legislative proposals.  Look for a separate article in this newsletter discussing the many activities and items on the Committee’s agenda.

Meanwhile, other technical committees are fulfilling their traditional charges while seeking out new topics and forums where SEAOC’s expertise could be impactful.  Furthermore, with the emergence of “community resilience” as a major focus of policymakers, engineers, and the public alike, SEAOC needs to continue seek an active role in that developing topic. 

These are exciting times to be a structural engineer, and particularly a SEAOC member.  SEAOC continues to have more opportunities to impact our profession and in fact our society beyond our traditional means and methods.  If you have ideas about, or a passion for, these or other topics, please contact your local committee representatives, your local board members, or me to find out how to get engaged. 

I hope to have the chance to discuss these or other topics with some of you soon!

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