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This year, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) awarded David Bonowitz its “Distinguished Lecture Award”. David delivered the talk at the 2020 National Earthquake Conference in San Diego, USA, and has kindly agreed to repeat the lecture at an online evening SECED meeting.
The 2020 EERI Distinguished Lecture considered the emerging concept of functional recovery as a basis for earthquake-resistant design. Designing buildings and infrastructure for limited downtime – or an acceptably quick functional recovery – is not new, but it is receiving new attention through state and federal legislation, and showing new feasibility through research and technology. Most intriguing is the recognition that designing for functional recovery is a necessary tool for achieving community-wide earthquake resilience. And if progress is to be measured at the community level, functional recovery will also be a matter of public policy. The lecture looked at the roles EERI members can play in shaping this thinking into design practice with four sets of questions: definitional, technical, policy, and implementation.
David, a 25-year member of EERI, is a structural engineer practicing in San Francisco. He is a Fellow Member of SEAONC and SEAOC, and past chair of the NCSEA Existing Buildings and Resilience committees. David is an appointed member of the new FEMA-NIST working group on Functional Recovery of the Built Environment and Critical Infrastructure.
He is a co-author of “Functional Recovery: A Conceptual Framework,” an EERI white paper, and lead author of “Resilience-based Design and the NEHRP Provisions,” recently published by the National Institute of Building Sciences as a resource paper for the next edition of the Provisions.