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Seismic Assessment and Intervention for Historic Structures: An Exemplary Case Study


Seismic assessment and improvement of historic buildings present multiple challenges that do not exist on more routine design projects. Historic projects require a radical re-prioritization of engineering focus to be successful. Sherith Israel a pre-1906 building in San Francisco epitomizes that re-prioritization; the project left the historic interior and exterior essentially undisturbed, incorporating both tradition and new technologies, engineering materials, and preservation-oriented engineering methodologies -- including nitinol tension-ties, rocking pilasters, and CFRP catenaries -- to do so.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • Diamond Review approved in all 50 states
  • This webinar will be available as a recording.


  • Terrence Paret, PE, SE

    Mr. Paret began his career designing slender high-rise reinforced concrete buildings in NYC, but since joining Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in 1986, he has performed hundreds of engineering investigations in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Paret has contributed to more than 90 technical papers, and has received awards for his research and project work from the Association of Preservation Technology International, California Preservation Foundation, International Concrete Repair Institute, ASCE, AISC, SEAoC, SEAoNC and NCSEA.

  • Jeffrey M. Rautenberg, PhD, PE, SE

    Since joining WJE in 2011, Jeff Rautenberg has worked on a wide array of projects in the United States and abroad involving the assessment, evaluation, and repair of existing structures. Dr. Rautenberg has investigated structural damage associated with fire, earthquakes, extreme wind events, corrosion and long-term deterioration, and other loading events. He has assessed structural damage to buildings around the world affected by major earthquakes, including in Haiti, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States.

June 25, 2020
Thu 10:00 AM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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