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) have formed the NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, which has been 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).
  • 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 has 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 will serve as the project manager to assist the PI with the overall management of the project and will coordinate the project education plan. [Read more]
  • Seismic Performance Assessment in Dense Urban Environments
    This project focuses 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 effects in low to mid-rise buildings are poorly understood. CUREE's role is to manage the education, outreach and policy implementation element of this project.
  • Earthquake Damage Assessment and Repair Project
    This research is done as part of the project "Assessment and Repair of Earthquake Damage in Residential Buildings" with major funding by the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and administered by CUREE. The goal is to provide a fair, accurate, and well-documented "Guidelines for the Assessment and Repair of Earthquake Damage" conducted in the post-earthquake insurance adjusting context.

    CUREE's project manager is Dr. John Osteraas.

  • CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project
    The CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project consists of coordinated engineering investigations and implementation activities whose objective is to significantly reduce earthquake losses to woodframe construction.  The project is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a grant administered by the California Governors Office of Emergency Services.
  • Building A Network Between Civil Engineers and Science Museums
    With funding from the Informal Science Education branch of the National Science Foundation, CUREE, Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, is conducting a project to build an ongoing network connecting civil engineers and science museums to the mutual advantage of both communities.
  • CUREE-Kajima Joint Research Program
    Now in our second decade of Kajima-funded projects, the CUREE-Kajima Research Program is a joint venture with the Kajima Corporation of Japan involving collaborative studies among researchers in the US and Japan. The topies researched have spanned many areas, but the theme of inter-university collaboration, and in this case international collaboration, remains the same.
  • Earthquake Architecture
    This Earthquake Architecture website responds to a suggestion from an informal luncheon meeting on August 3, 2004 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. [Read more]

  • 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 directors of the three Joint Venture partners - the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC), the Applied Technology Council (ATC), and CUREe. 

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