CUREE: The Organization
CUREE is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of earthquake engineering research, education and implementation.

Recent Project Publications

NEHRP Seismic Design
Technical Brief #8:
Seismic Design of Steel Special Concentrically-Braced Frame Systems

Modeling and Seismic Evaluation of Nonstructural Components: Testing Frame For Experimental Evaluation of Suspended Ceiling Systems.

Experimental Seismic Evaluation Model Parameterization, and Effects of Cold-Formed Steel-Framed Gypsum Partition Walls on the Seismic Performance of an Essential Facility

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Typical CUREE projects involve several universities, researchers, and students from different disciplines, as well as participation by professional engineers, earth scientists, planners, and architects.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition Project
    With $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is establishing a permanent outdoor exhibition about the Bridge to give the millions people who visit it each year insights about its engineering, construction, and history. The Bridge District General Manager, Denis Mulligan, serves as the project Principal Investigator.
  • NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture
    The Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) together formed the NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, which was awarded a five-year task order contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide various consulting services in furtherance of NEHRP (National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act). The resulting technical brief publications are available here for download.
  • Simulation of the Seismic Performance of Nonstuctural Systems
    The George E. Brown, Jr., Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) research program of the National Science Foundation awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) a $3.6 million Grand Challenge grant to study the seismic performance of ceiling-piping-partition nonstructural systems. CUREE serves as the project manager to assist the PI with the overall management of the project and coordinates the project education plan. [Read more]
  • Seismic Performance Assessment in Dense Urban Environments
    This project focused on documenting and understanding the seismic performance of soil-foundation-structure systems within dense urban environments. A high priority NEES research topic, soil-foundation-structure interaction (SFSI) effects in low to mid-rise buildings are poorly understood. CUREE's role was to manage the education, outreach and policy implementation element of this project. A video summation of the project is available for download here and on the website.
  • CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project
    The CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project consisted of coordinated engineering investigations and implementation activities whose objective was to significantly reduce earthquake losses to woodframe construction. The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a grant administered by the California Governors Office of Emergency Services. The resulting research of this five-year project is available through the CUREE Publications online store.
  • CUREE-Kajima Joint Research Program
    For over two decades the CUREE-Kajima Research Program, a joint venture with the Kajima Corporation of Japan, funded collaborative studies among researchers in the U.S. and Japan. The topies researched have spanned many areas, and the resulting publications are currently in the process of being digitized.
  • Earthquake Architecture
    The Earthquake Architecture website started as a suggestion made at an informal luncheon meeting of interested individuals at the 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Vancouver, Canada. Several interesting topics in this general area were discussed by those present, and ideas contributed by some who were unable to attend were also added into the conversation. Establishing a web forum to further the discussion and sharing of information was agreed up as an appropriate next step. []

  • Free Public Exhibit on Earthquake Engineering in San Francisco
    With funding from the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection, CUREE installed a free public exhibit on EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING during the month of April 2006 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. On display with the CUREE Earthquake Engineering exhibit was an original 1906 emergency housing cottage, provided by the Western Neighborhoods Project.
  • NEES Consortium Development Project
    The CUREE role in the development of NEES was as the NSF awardee for NEES Consortium Development. NSF launched this major new research initiative known as the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) as part of a Major Research Equipment (MRE) program that extended to September 30, 2004. The three-year CUREE developmental role occurred in parallel with the development of new or enhanced NEES engineering laboratory facilities at 15 universities (“Equipment Sites”) and the creation of networking and other information technology products by the project called System Integration.
  • SAC Steel Joint Venture
    The SAC Joint Venture was formed in mid-1994 with the specific goal of investigating the damage to welded steel moment frame buildings in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and developing repair techniques and new design approaches to minimize damage to steel moment frame buildings in future earthquakes.

    The three Joint Venture partners, whose first letter of their organization make up the SAC logo, were - the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), the Applied Technology Council (ATC), and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREe). 

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last updated 06.06.14