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CUREE is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of earthquake engineering research, education and implementation.
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Woodframe Project
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NEES Nonstructural Project
CUREE-Kajima Program


CUREE Publications Clearinghouse

Over of the course of the past 25 years, CUREE has produced a number of reports and other publications for the purposes of furthering civil engineering (particularly with earthquake engineering) for the purposed of research, education and implementation. Provided below is an archive of many of these publications, available for free download. Check back for updates.

Research Reports
Northridge Meadows Apartment Collapse

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.

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CUREE-Kajima Joint Venture Research Program

For over two decades the CUREE-Kajima Research Program, a joint venture with the Kajima Corporation of Japan, funded collaborative studies, over various topics, among researchers in the U.S. and Japan.

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NIST Technical Brief Series

Produced by CUREE, in partnership with ATC for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), this popular series of technical guides offer full color, highly illustrated mini-reports on various cutting edge topics in the area of earthquake and civil engineering.

This series is also available through NIST at:

NEES Nonstructural Reports

This project utilized multidisciplinary system-level studies in order to develop a simulation capability and implementation process to enhance the seismic performance of the ceiling piping-partition nonstructural system. The systems engineering research carried out in this project helped to move the field to a new level of experimentally validated computer simulation of nonstructural systems and establish a model methodology for future systems engineering studies.

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Earthquake Damage and Assessment

CUREE conducted an ongoing development of Guidelines for Earthquake Damage Assessment and Repair. The goal was to provide a fair, accurate, and well-documented Guidelines for a general audience as well as engineers involved in evaluations of earthquake damage after an earthquake.

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Other publications

CUREE Calendar Archive

Past CUREE calendars including many photos, essays by R. Reitherman on topics ranging from the history of earthquake engineering, infrastructure, earthquake architecture, earthquake myths and legends, and [more]

The 2008 Calendar "Seismic Philately" won 2nd prize in the EERI Graphics Competition.

Golden Gate Bridge As A Public Learning Resource

This booklet talks about the Golden Gate Outdoor Exhibition and how it is utilizing the outdoor public setting, as well as the Bridge itself, as tools for teaching visitors about various STEM concepts. Many of the on site exhibits are highlighted here.

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The IAEE at Fifty (2012)

Written by Bob Reitherman and Polat Gülken (President of the IAEE), this special commemorative hardcover book was produced by CUREE, provides a brief history on the International Association for Earthquake Engineering, and was given out at the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineer (15WCEE) in Lisbon, Portugal in 2012.

NEES: Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (2009)

Produced by CUREE for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) - this commemorative booklet, which highlight the various components of the NEES program, was given out to meeting participants at the 2009 NSF-CMMI Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Building Bridges Between Civil Engineers and Science Museums (2008)

A monograph written by Robert Reitherman, Prof. Thalia Anagnos, and Wendy Meluch, this report examines the science museum/science center community and the civil engineering community inan effort to enhance the way the public learns about civil engineering, a field that deals with what the public is immersed in every day--buildings, bridges, utility systems, and the other works that civil engineers create.

SF Engineering Exhibit opening night

Earthquake Engineering (2006)

Public exhibition held on Market St., produced by CUREE in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. This exhibit included many displays showing how engineering is used in seismic design and retrofit, as well as featuring an authentic earthquake shelter used after that disasterous earthquake.

NEES: Education, Outreach, and Training - Strategic Plan (2005)

Produced by CUREE for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) - this illustrated booklet developed by Thalia Anagnos, Dante Fratta, LaDawn Haws, Flora McMartin, Christine Morrow, and John Taber (with contributions by Mark Benthien and Sara Wadia-Fascetti) outlines the strategic Education, Outreach and Training plan and presents many real-world scenarios on how this plan can be implemented.

Investigations of Thirty-Three Loma Prieta Earthquake
Strong Motion Recording Sites (1993)

Reporting information for the United States / Japan - Loma Prieta Earthquake Project (UJLPE) collected with the support of Building Contractors Society of Japan Electric Power Research Institute with additional support provided by:
- U.S. Geological Survey
- University of California, Davis
- California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering
- San Francisco International Airport Authority

Connections: EERI Oral History Series

Produced by EERI, this ongoing series features interviews conducted by Bob Reitherman (CUREE) with many significant figures in the Earthquake Engineering community and examines their lives and contributions to the field. Some recent editions featured: Bruce Bolt, Joseph Penzien, Tom Paulay and Robert Park.

This series is available through EERI at:

Conferences and Workshop Proceedings

Golden Gate Bridge International Conference: Public Works for Public Learning (2012)

CUREE, in partnership with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and the American Public Works Association, hosted this unique event featuring many guest speakers from around the world to discuss how public works can be a valuable resource in educating the public about STEM while in an informal educational setting. Special keynote speaker for this event was Dr. G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute. [Proceedings]

Proceedings for the Symposium in Honor of Wilfred Iwan (2005)

CUREE, in partnership with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), arranged and co-hosted this symposia honoring Professor Wilfred Iwan.

NSF-CUREE Workshop on Strong-Motion Research Needs and Opportunities (2005)

Sponsored by NSF, the purpose of this workshop was to review the existing database of strong motion records, identify gaps that may exist in this data, determine and prioritize the needs for additional data, and make recommendations regarding the future role of the NSF earthquake engineering programs in strong motion research.

Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of the NEES Consortium (2004)

In addition to helping set-up the foundation for the NEES Consortium, CUREE also organized the first two annual meetings for NEES. The Second Annual Meeting was held in San Diego, CA in 2004, and also featured a special luau reception and a guided tour of the UCSD Outdoor Shake Table Facility.

Proceedings of the First Annual Meeting of the NEES Consortium (2003)

In addition to helping set-up the foundation for the NEES Consortium, CUREE also organized the first two annual meetings for NEES. The First Annual Meeting, held in Park City, Utah in 2003, included special commemorative polo shirts for all of the meeting participants and also featured Marta Macias Brown (wife of George E. Brown, Jr.) as a guest speaker.

Proceedings for the Symposium in Honor of Ray Clough and Joseph Penzien (2002)

CUREE, in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley, arranged and co-hosted this symposia honoring Professor Ray Clough and Professor Joseph Penzien.

Proceedings for the EERC-CUREe Symposium in Honor of Vitelmo V. Bertero (1997)

CUREe, in partnership with the (University of California, Berkeley) Earthquake Engineering Research Center arranged and co-hosted this symposia honoring Prof. Vitelmo Bertero.

Proceedings for the CUREe Symposium in Honor of George Housner (1995)

CUREe, in partnership with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), arranged and co-hosted this symposia honoring Professor George Housner.

Proceedings of the NEHRP Conference and Workshop on Research on the Northridge, California Earthquake of January 17, 1994

The four NEHRP agencies -- FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS -- funded CUREE to convene a national conference after the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 to bring together researchers and practitioners to assess what had been learned from that event. The four-volume set of papers is the most comprehensive single source of information on that earthquake, spanning the disciplines of Engineering, Social Sciences and Emergency Management, and Earth Science.

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