Webinar Schedule

Ensuring Accurate Displacement Measurements During Seismic Events –
A Comparative Study of UCSD Shaking Tests of 10-Story TallWood Building

Featuring Dr. M. Khalid Saifullah, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Accurate displacement measurements are critical for the integrity of the buildings and underpin some of the key indicators, such as Interstory drift, of seismic performance of the buildings.

Building codes and design guidelines have identified limits on parameters based on historical data from instrumented buildings and experimental evaluation in laboratories. It is also used as the main engineering demand parameter to conduct fragility analysis as structural damage and nonstructural damage correlates with this parameter.

Engineers and other emergency decision makers can only make informed, responsible decisions when structural displacements are accurately measured.

In this informative webinar and Q&A session, Dr. Khalid Saifullah will describe the testing procedures and results from a comparative study of accelerometers in a controlled study using the world’s largest outdoor shake table, located at UCSD, during a larger test program led by the NHERI TallWood Team.

His presentation focuses on displacement responses of the building under different types of seismic loadings to gauge the effectiveness of accelerometers with respect to benchmark direct contact displacement techniques.

This session is a must for structural engineers, and anyone involved with the decision-making processes associated with post-earthquake assessments.

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July 17 @ 9AM (Pacific)


Performance Assessment and Structural Health Monitoring of Large Dams

Featuring Dr. André Alegre, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Large concrete dams are infrastructures of vital importance for populations, contributing decisively to the management of freshwater resources, particularly for water supply, energy production, flood control and soil irrigation, especially nowadays due to the effects of climate change.

However, these dams are usually high potential risk structures, designed to operate for several decades, and often located in seismic zones. It is essential to conduct a continuous and reliable assessment of dam behavior, which can be affected by progressive deterioration or by damage caused due to extreme events (such as earthquakes or overtopping), in order to control structural health over time and ensure optimal operating conditions.

In this session, special guest speaker Dr. André Alegre will discuss how a continuous vibrations monitoring system represents an important asset for performance assessment and structural health monitoring of large dams.

Dr. Alegre will share the experience acquired over the past 15 years in two real-world case studies. His presentation will cover the development of the dams’ monitoring systems, present results from several applications, and describe how the KMIDam platform helps make dam monitoring reliable and effective.

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April 3 @ 9AM (Pacific)

Ensuring Safe and Compliant Earthquake Response and LNG Facility Operational Continuity
using the KMI-LNG Platform

Featuring Dr. Khalid Saifullah, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Liquified Natural Gas has emerged as a primary secure energy source to meet global demands while keeping affordability and carbon emission goals in check. With the increasing demand for cleaner energy, the number of LNG facilities is expected to grow in the coming years, with North America leading the LNG export market.

Safe operations of these critical facilities is paramount, as uninformed decision-making can lead to catastrophic consequences. Earthquakes present a serious natural hazard that can have a substantial impact on the safety and continuous operation of these facilities.

The KMI-LNG Earthquake Response and Management Platform is designed to help facility operators immediately understand the impact of earthquake ground motion on their structures, thus eliminating any guesswork. This platform not only enables compliance with regulatory requirements, but also ensures informed decision-making by the facility manager for continuous operations after an event.

In this live webinar and Q&A session, Dr. Khalid Saifullah will discuss how to meet the operational and regulatory requirements of these critical facilities, while ensuring safe and responsible decision-making during emergency events to help protect the world’s supply of cleaner energy.

This webinar is a must for anyone interested in learning how to ensure safe and compliant operations of critical energy facilities.

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March 6 @ 9AM (Pacific)


Dam Safety Case Studies with the KMIDam Platform

Featuring Mohamed El Idrissi, Kinemetrics, Inc.

KMIDam is a technology platform designed to manage your portfolio of dams with real-time information before, during and post-event. Leveraging a combination of smart sensing, modelling, digital twins, and real-time processing tools, KMIDam provides immediate feedback during events, and tracks changes to your structures that may lead to problems over time.

In this session, Mohamed El Idrissi will walk us through case studies on ensuring dam safety via this powerful tool. The lens of real-world scenarios eliminates hyperbole, and exposes the impact that systems actually have on critical facilities, teams, and communities. This is where KMIDam shines.

Join us for this informative webinar and Q&A session, and take advantage of the opportunity to leverage the expertise and experience of Mr. El Idrissi.

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September 6 @ 9AM (Pacific)

KMI-LNG: Ensuring Operational Continuity and Safety for LNG Facilities

Featuring Mauricio Ciudad-Real, Kinemetrics Inc.

Protecting liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities is critical to maintaining access to cleaner energy for communities around the world. Catastrophic losses result from interrupted operations at LNG facilities during earthquakes. Accurate assessment of structural impact, and informative alerts are vital ingredients to safe and efficient operation of these facilities during an emergency.

Decisions during this kind of emergency are too important to make without reliable and actionable information. Targeting response to the correct actions can be difficult, especially when time and accuracy are essential. In these situations, real-time information on potentially damaging ground motion is required to initiate the proper emergency response procedures.

In this informative webinar + Q&A, Mauricio Ciudad-Real will introduce us to how leading LNG operators monitor their facilities, understand the status of their structures, and leverage data to manage emergency response decisions more confidently before, during, and after earthquake events.

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May 3 @ 9AM (Pacific)

Continued Post-Earthquake Safe Operations at LNG Plants

Featuring Mauricio Ciudad-Real, Kinemetrics Inc.

With the international focus on the growing importance of liquefied natural gas as a cleaner energy source, it is imperative that organizations understand how to quickly implement and maintain the required level of operational safety. Safety requirements do not encompass only the actions taken during an emergency event; they represent a continual responsibility to ensure that the LNG plant and personnel maintain safe operations.

In this webinar, Mauricio Ciudad-Real will introduce KMI-LNG, a technology platform designed to meet the specific needs of the energy industry. KMI-LNG delivers real-time earthquake data recording, automatic analysis, notifications, and reports along with state-of-health hardware monitoring via a single platform.

By removing the guesswork for operators and emergency response personnel, KMI-LNG quickly responds when the earthquake occurs providing the information and tools required by plant operators to make the most informed decisions possible.

July 27 @ 9AM (Pacific)

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Seismic and Structural Health Monitoring of Large Concrete Dams

Seismic and Structural Health Monitoring of Large Concrete Dams  |  Featuring Dr. André Alegre, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL) and National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC)

Large concrete dams are civil engineering structures of vital importance for the management of freshwater resources, including water supply and hydropower. They are generally associated with high potential risks, and it is critical to continuously evaluate their dynamic behavior in normal operating conditions, enabling the analysis of measured vibrations under ambient/operational excitations, for structural health monitoring, and to analyze the response during earthquakes. Studies on the dynamic behavior of large concrete dams should be conducted based on results from dynamic monitoring data and numerical results obtained using advanced finite element models.

In this session, special guest speaker Dr. André Alegre presents programs recently developed for improving the software component of Seismic and Structural Health Monitoring (SSHM) systems of large concrete dams and for dynamic behavior modelling.

In this informative webinar + Q&A, Dr. Alegre places particular focus upon the primary results from studies on the dynamic behavior of two large arch dams, which have been under continuous dynamic monitoring over the last 10 years.

March 30 @ 9AM (Pacific)


The Value Of SHM To Manage Seismic Emergency

The Value Of SHM To Manage Seismic Emergency

The management of civil infrastructures in the aftermath of a seismic event is a concern for decision makers, which have to choose quickly among alternative actions with limited knowledge on the actual structural conditions. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) information can support these decisions.

However, information come with a cost and the relevant benefit must be assessed before the acquisition of the SHM system is decided.

In this session, Professor Maria Pina Limongelli will introduce us to the Value of Information (VoI) analysis, which is a powerful tool to estimate such benefit and to optimize the design of the SHM system for each specific application.

This informative webinar + Q&A presents a number of applications of VoI in the field of civil engineering for exemplary case studies.

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Time: June 16, 2021 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

The Importance of Force Balance Accelerometers to Constrain Future and Near Real Time Ground Motion Scenarios

The Importance of Force Balance Accelerometers to Constrain Future and Near Real Time Ground Motion Scenarios

Never before have so many strong motion instruments been deployed in the vicinity of active tectonic margins, which has enabled us to understand underlying physical processes of rupture that take place in the event of an earthquake. With the advancement of numerical and empirical techniques to simulate strong ground motion scenarios, with physics-based rupture models, the new objective is to constrain these models with ground motions recorded by force balance accelerometers, by dissecting the underlying physical processes related to the seismic source, path wave propagations, and site effects.

In this session, Dr. Jorge Crempien will show several approaches to invert these data to constrain kinematic rupture models on faults, for both scientific and near real time purposes, such as spatial ground motion intensities and cascading tsunami inundation estimations on coastal areas. He will also demonstrate numerical and empirical approaches aimed at constraining ground motion scenarios for regions with little recorded data.

This informative webinar + Q&A places particular focus on numerical methods to simulate ground motion stemming from crustal earthquakes, and the use of small earthquakes to simulate mega-earthquake ground motions on subduction zones, using the Empirical Green’s Function approach.

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Time: June 2, 2021 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)