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Resilience, Joint SEAU/EERI Ad Hoc


 Advancements in recent decades in prescriptive measures for seismic resistant design have yielded major life safety improvements for significant earthquakes. Recent earthquakes and other natural disasters have demonstrated that preserving life is simply not enough. Emergency planners, governments and communities have come to know that the ability to quickly recover, preserve property, preserve jobs, and resume economic growth are paramount issues. Lack of resilient infrastructure can mean financial ruin and can have devastating impacts on communities with lasting effects.

 The Boards of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU) and the Utah Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) have approved the formation of an ad-hoc joint committee on resilience. This committee will seek participation and membership from both organizations. 


  1. Develop an outreach strategy to building officials, owners, developers, designers, other stakeholders and nonprofit organizations with similar interests to establish a dialogue and find the common ground that will most effectively advance resiliency of the built environment.

  2. Develop educational campaigns to engineers, architects, planners, building officials, and others to raise awareness of building code objectives and highlight the benefits of considering resiliency issues when building, upgrading, purchasing, or renting a building.

  3. Serve as a local liaison to the United States Resiliency Council (USRC) to promote building ratings to engineers, architects, and owners as a meaningful metric for assessing resilience of an individual building.

  4. Work jointly with SEAU, EERI and other organizations of similar focus to provide educational opportunities for engineers, designers, students, and others to learn methodologies for measuring resilience.

  5. Under the direction of the SEAU Board, coordinate with other SEAU committees to synergize efforts (and prevent duplicate efforts) for resiliency

  6. Assist the Utah Seismic Safety Commission (USSC) with assigned tasks to support the mission of the USSC. 

  7. Improve public understanding of:


    • Expected building performance of a new structure designed to current codes 

    • Assessment of building resiliency with FEMA P-58 and USRC Ratings

    • Enhancement of new construction and of existing structures for seismic resiliency.

Committee Positions


Jessica Chappell