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Civil Engineering Professor Surveys Earthquake Damage in Japan

Monday, Jun. 27, 2011

Civil Engineering Professor Mark Aschheim spent one week in Fukushima and Sendai, Japan this month, documenting earthquake damage to reinforced concrete buildings. He was part of a team organized by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. The visit focused on areas with buildings from certain time periods that are known to be vulnerable such as concrete buildings from the 1960s. They also observed the value of retrofitting, which was done in the last five to 10 years.

Watch a slideshow from the visit.
Aschheim works in the area of earthquake-resistant structural engineering and green building materials. His research has produced improved techniques for the design of earthquake-resistant structures and improved structural systems for resisting earthquake actions. Aschheim has reported on the damage in past earthquakes in the U.S. and abroad and works to improve the practice of structural engineering through activities with Applied Technology council and participation on the Provisions Update Committee of the building Seismic Safety Council.
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