Webinar Schedule

Combining Seismology, Structural Engineering and Behavioral Science
to Enable Better Earthquake Emergency Response

Featuring Dr. Derek Skolnik & Brandon Parrott, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Earthquakes present unique challenges to impacted regions, organizations, and individuals, and catastrophic consequences can result from improper decision-making during these emergency events.

As such, earthquake response systems must be optimized through a combination of science and technology that provides a foundation to deliver the information and tools required by a multitude of stakeholders before, during, and after the event.

If the system serves the engineering community but does not meet the needs of the public or emergency responders, its value can be called into question. Earthquake response systems serve multiple stakeholders and must address the needs of each in a manner consistent with their expectations – detailed technical information for scientists and engineers, actionable information for emergency responders, and safety instructions for the general public.

Maximizing the effect of these systems also requires that they be integrated into the everyday systems and processes of those who rely on them.

In this session, Dr. Derek Skolnik and Brandon Parrott from Kinemetrics will discuss how leading organizations use the OasisPlus Earthquake Response Platform to ensure quick, safe, and effective emergency response. The presentation will center on real-world examples, and describe how best to meet the needs of the various groups – the public, technical professionals, emergency responders, and decision makers – affected by a given earthquake.

This informative webinar + Q&A will provide a new insight into how to maximize situational awareness and ensure effective earthquake response.

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May 8 @ 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)

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Introducing QME – A New Standard for Seismographic and Environmental Monitoring
Data Acquisition

Featuring Dr. Mathias Franke, Kinemetrics, Inc.

Seismographic networks frequently incorporate the acquisition of related data sources. For example, the Global Seismographic Network combines data acquired from infrasound and meteorological sensors. The physical connection of multiple data sources to data acquisition equipment requires significant systems engineering to mitigate conditions that compromise the quality of acquired data

However, geophysical and environmental sensors are not physically co-located, resulting in wiring, which must be protected against physical damage.

The Q8 data acquisition system integrates additional data sources using low-power wireless transmission from multiple nodes via a secure, error-correcting protocol. This ensures precise timing in each node and allows nodes to “relay” traffic in a mesh topology.

Eliminating physical connections enables the placement of sensors for additional data (e.g., weather stations, magnetometers, etc.) in their optimal physical location away from local interference. Supporting up to 16 channels of information from up to 8 QME (Quanterra Mesh Extension) nodes at up to 1 sample/sec, the Q8 changes the standard for implementation of remote and distributed systems.

In this live webinar and Q&A session, Dr. Mathias Franke will describe the features of the QME, and provide understanding of how this technological advancement changes the standards for implementation of seismological and environmental sensors.

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November 8 @ 9AM (Pacific)

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Earthquake Early Warning Meets Actionable Information

Featuring Brandon Parrott, Kinemetrics, Inc.

What happens when you merge Earthquake Early Warning with all the information and tools you need to respond once the shaking hits?

You gain precious moments of warning to prepare for building motion, and the situational awareness you need to perform effective, responsible emergency response. This ultimately results in confidence, speed, and the best possible outcome.

OasisPlus is a Complete Earthquake Business Continuity Platform designed to provide the tools and information you need before, during, and after an earthquake to minimize impact and ensure an effective emergency response.

In this session, Brandon Parrott will introduce brand new functionality designed to bring earthquake early warning capabilities to the OasisPlus Platform. This new functionality extends your situational awareness prior to the building shake, and puts you in the best position to make better-informed decisions.

Join us for this informative webinar and Q&A session, and take advantage of the opportunity to see the merging of earthquake early warning with actionable building information.

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October 11 @ 9AM (Pacific)

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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)

Extending the California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program

Featuring Dr. Derek Skolnik, Kinemetrics, Inc.

The California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) in the Department of Conservation’s California Geological Survey was established in 1972 to obtain vital earthquake data for the engineering and scientific communities through a statewide network of strong motion instruments.

The information gathered by CSMIP is processed and disseminated to seismologists, engineers, building officials, local governments and emergency response personnel throughout the state. The data has been used primarily to develop recommended changes to seismic provisions of building codes, and to assist local governments in their general plan process.

In this informative webinar and Q&A, Dr. Derek Skolnik will provide an overview of the history and importance of the CSMIP program. Dr. Skolnik will also discuss opportunities provided by new technology designed to leverage existing seismic instrumentation to deliver real-time information to emergency response professionals.

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August 2 @ 9AM (Pacific)

CROSSNET Project: A New Vision for the Croatian Seismological Survey

Featuring Tomislav Fiket, Croatian Seismological Survey

The Croatian Seismological Survey faced numerous difficulties before the Zagreb and Petrinja earthquakes in 2020. The organization was understaffed, and had a meager number of stations – 17 in total – belonging to the national network. Among these, there were 8 additional strong motion stations. Additionally, the IT equipment was outdated, and the funding allocated to the survey was negligible. Under such circumstances, maintaining the national network was challenging, and upgrades to the network were impossible.

The situation began to change after the Zagreb earthquake in March 2020, but the real turning point came with the Petrinja earthquake in December of the same year. In the days following the earthquake, a donation of 20 sets of mobile stations, consisting of both broadband and strong motion instruments in each set, was received. Furthermore, the annual budget was increased, and the long-awaited opportunity to upgrade the national network of seismic stations was granted by including this project in the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience for 2021.

The CROSSNET project, an acronym for the Croatian Seismological Survey Network, is funded by EU funds and supported by the government, which covers VAT costs and other expenses. The total budget, including VAT, amounts to 13 million euros.

In this informative webinar and Q&A, special guest speaker Tomislav Fiket will explain the desired outcomes of the CROSSNET project and outline the envisioned evolution of the Croatian Seismological Survey.

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July 5 @ 9AM (Pacific)

Looking Inside the Earth and Planets

Featuring Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

Eighty-six years have passed since discovering the Earth’s inner core and more than fifty years since our first journey to the Moon.

Meanwhile, global seismology has come a long way in providing insights into Earth’s internal structure and dynamics. However, progress in imaging the Earth’s inner core – a planet within the planet – has been impeded by the lack of geometric coverage of body waves from large earthquakes. Only recently, we confirmed its innermost part contains distinct seismic anisotropy. In seeking the ways forward, scientists experimented with earthquake coda correlation. This contributed to the rise of a new paradigm – the coda-correlation wavefield.

The first applications proved the inner core’s solidity by unambiguously detecting shear waves and anisotropy in shear. Then it was shown that a single seismograph and global-scale waveform cross-correlations between seismic events (inter-source correlation) could be used to scan planetary cores. This technique allowed the team involved to constrain the sizes of the cores of Earth and Mars and confirmed that the Martian core is large.

In this session, special guest speaker Professor Hrvoje Tkalčić will demonstrate how the coda-correlation studies – apart from further development and the proliferation of seismic sensors – may play a central role in global and planetary seismology in the coming decades.

In this informative webinar + Q&A, Professor Tkalčić presents a fascinating new look at these innovative methods that you won’t want to miss.

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June 7 @ 9AM (Pacific)