Orange County Branch Newsletter

September 2019

ASCE OC Geo-Institute

Seismic Design Updates for the California Building Code

By Pavlo Chrysovergis, P.E. | Geo-Institute Chair

The Orange County Geo-Institute Chapter co-hosted an August dinner meeting with CalGeo in Santa Ana featuring a presentation by Dr. David A. Baska of Terracon Consultants. The presentation covered some of the changes that will be implemented in the 2019 California Building Code, such as a more widespread requirement for site-specific ground motion studies, enhancing site-specific procedures, and providing threshold values for differential settlement and lateral spreading, to name a few. The meeting was attended by over 110 local practicing engineers, academics, and students.

Thank you to our sponsors: Hayward Baker and Western Ground Improvement. A copy of the presentation slides can be found on the Geo-Institute webpage.

About the Author

Mr. Pavlo Chrysovergis is a Project Engineer with SPC Geotechnical and works in the Civil, Geotechnical, and Environmental fields. He currently serves as Chair of the ASCE OC Geo-Institute and has a passion for enhancing the local geotechnical practice and supporting the development of future civil engineers. Pavlo can be reached at [email protected] or on LinkedIn.


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