Short Course In South America: Seismic Design Of Tailing Dams

April 2014

Lima, Peru April 18 and 19
Santiago, Chile April 23, 24 and 25
San Juan, Argentina April 28 and 29

For further information contact:

Pedro Isique, (Lima, Peru)

Ramon (Santiago, Chile)

Francisco Zabala, (San Juan, Argentina)

Jorge Meneses, (USA)


Design Ground Motions (Jorge Meneses)
Probabilistic and Deterministic Seismic Hazard Analysis
Design Spectra
Seismic Deaggregation
Selection and Modification of Earthquake Time Histories
Development of Input Motion

Liquefaction (Gonzalo Castro)
Introduction and Definitions
Seismic Pore Pressure Generation
Threshold Strain
Empirical Charts
Effects of Confining Stress, Fines Content, Static Shear
Seismic Stability
Steady State of Deformation
Methods to Determine Undrained Steady State Strength (Sus)
Effect on Sus of Confining Stress and Fines Content
Triggering of Instability, i.e. flow slides (low Sus cases). Effect of Static Shear
Seismic Deformations
Cyclic Mobility

Dynamic Analysis (Ahmed Elgamal)Brief Introduction: Dynamics of Structures
Seismic Response and Transfer Functions
Computational Approaches
Modeling of Nonlinear Seismic Response and Soil Liquefaction
Use of Open-Source Numerical Codes (OpenSees)
User-Friendly graphical User Interfaces
Deformations versus Factor of Safety Analysis



Gonzalo Castro

Dr. Gonzalo Castro, GEI Consultants Inc., Boston

He is a geotechnical engineer with over 45 years of experience in the practice of geotechnical engineering. Dr. Castro’s professional experience has been primarily as the engineer in charge of the geotechnical aspects of major civil engineering projects as a principal of GEI Consultants. His contributions to the practice of geotechnical engineering have been principally in the understanding of the behavior of soils during earthquakes and its application to the seismic safety of dams. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics and the seismic safety of dams, Dr. Castro is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Honorary Member of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He received his doctorate in Soil Mechanics at Harvard University and specializes in the behavior of soils during earthquakes.


Professor Ahmed Elgamal, University of California, San Diego
Since 1997, Prof. Elgamal (PhD 1984, Princeton University) has been serving as Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Earlier, he held academic appointments at the California Institute of Technology (Post Doctor and Lecturer, Pasadena, CA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Assistant and Associate Professor and Technical Director of RPI Centrifuge Testing Facility, Troy, NY), and Columbia University (Associate Professor, New York, NY). He Chaired the UCSD Department of Structural Engineering from 2003 to 2007. Professor Elgamal’s research has been focused on seismic experimental and computational analysis and modeling of geotechnical and SSI systems (site response, liquefaction and mitigation, earth and rockfill dams). In his published studies, he developed/ employed data sets from centrifuge and large-scale shake table testing, and earthquake downhole geotechnical arrays worldwide. Based on this experimentation background, he has developed nonlinear computational analysis techniques that are now available via the open-source computational framework (e.g.,,, He is author and co-author of over 250 publications.

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Dr. Jorge Meneses, GEI Consultants Inc., Carlsbad
Jorge Meneses has more than 25 years of experience in geotechnical engineering with emphases on geotechnical earthquake engineering, foundation engineering, numerical modeling, and advanced geotechnical testing. His experience includes consultancy for major companies, and research and teaching in major universities in the U.S., Japan, and Peru. Jorge has published about 60 technical publications in technical journals and conferences, is a frequent peer reviewer of journal and conferences papers, and has been invited as a guest speaker for national and international conferences. His expertise includes probabilistic and deterministic seismic hazard evaluation, liquefaction and lateral spread analysis, numerical modeling of dynamic behavior of earth works, seismic soil-structure interaction, seismic design of foundations, shallow and deep foundation design, site response and site characterization, seismic slope stability, and development of earthquake ground motion for dynamic analyses. He is a part-time lecturer in the Graduate School of San Diego State University, and University of California, San Diego Extension. Jorge is the founder and current president of the EERI San Diego Chapter. Jorge is a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineer, member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

January Joint Dinner Meeting


SEAOSD January Joint Dinner Meeting with EERI

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Handlery Hotel, 5:30 p.m.

January Joint Dinner Meeting with EERI

 10 Years of Research Achievement of the NEES-UC San Diego Shaking Table

In this presentation, Prof. Jose Restrepo will highlight the 10 years of research achievement of the NEES-UC San Diego Shaking Table.   Numerous landmark research projects have been carried out on the shaking table, resulting in discovering of new knowledge and advancement of design codes.  In particular, Prof. Restrepo will highlight the research project on thin structural walls, and will contrast its main findings with observations made in the M8.8 Chile earthquake.  He will also show the research project on precast concrete diaphragms and will briefly discuss the main changes to ASCE 7 that this research work brought up.  Furhtermore, Prof. Restrepo will highlight the main findings of the research project on a fully equipped 5-story building, which was tested with base-isolation and then and then in a fixed-based condition.  Prof. Restrepo will end its presentation with a brief discussion of a building project whose design aims at reducing floor inertia forces.  This building is being currently tested on the NEES-UC San Diego shake table.

Jose. Restrepo is a Professor in Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  Professor Restrepo research interests are in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics, with emphasis in structural design and experimental methods.  Professor Restrepo was lead structural engineer for the NEES UC San Diego Large High-Performance Outdoor Shake Table, the largest in the United States and second largest worldwide.  There he has leader or collaborator for a number of landmark experiments performed on this shake table. Prof. Restrepo’s research has been recognized with the ACI Chester Paul Siess Award, the PCI Charles C. Zollman and Martin Korn Awards, the FHWA James Cooper Award and the ASCE Alfred Noble Award.

SEAOC President, Michael Cochran; SEAOC President-Elect, Ryan Kersting;
and SEAOC Executive Director, Don Schinske, will be visiting SEAOSD for this dinner meeting!

TIME: Registration: 5:30 pm / Dinner: 6:00 pm / Program: 6:45-7:45 pm

COST:  SEAOSD / EERI Members: $30.00 / Non-Members:$40.00 / Students: $10.00

PAYMENT: Cash, check or credit card (click on the “register now” button below).  Parking will be validated. Checks made payable to SEAOSD.  You may mail your check in advance to 401 W. Lexington Avenue #12621, El Cajon, CA 92022.

MENU: Salmon with basil cream sauce and chef’s choice accompaniments, house salad, dessert, tea and coffee service. (vegetarian plate is available but must be requested by January 17th)

PLACE: The Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle N., San Diego, 92108

RESERVATIONS: MUST be received by Friday, January 17th, Noon.   If you choose to walk-in the day of the luncheon, please be advised that your meal is not guaranteed and an additional charge of $5 will be added to the cost of the dinner.  If you make a dinner reservation and fail to attend you will be invoiced.  By Phone: 619-212-5210  E-Mail:, or by responding to the email invitation.

CANCELLATION: Please CANCEL your reservation(s) at least 24 hours in advance if you are UNABLE to attend.

Registration Page

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Pacific Southwest Conference 2014 hosted by San Diego State University’s American Society of Civil Engineers

Dear EERI San Diego members and friends,

     We are proud to announce San Diego State University’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will be hosting the 2014 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) from April 3rd to April 5th. A total of 19 ASCE student chapters, professional industry engineers, faculty advisors, and volunteers will be attending this exciting event.

     Students will apply their civil engineering knowledge and team dynamics to the test by competing in a variety of activities such as Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, Surveying, Geotechnical, Quiz Bowl, and much more. At this year’s ASCE PSWC, our student chapter ranked 6th out of 17 schools. We are very excited to have another successful year on our very own campus!

Our goal is to make this conference the most memorable experience! As the host of the 2014 ASCE PSWC, we are responsible for planning, budgeting, and running the entire event. Our projected expense budget is $112,000. We are in need of raising $22,000 through sponsorships and fund raising events. Funds would be used for venues, catering, apparel, conference materials, printing/advertising, and making initial deposits. Enclosed is our sponsorship registration form. Your donation would help us achieve our financial goals.

San Diego State University’s student chapter is registered as a sub-group of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Diego Section. The ASCE San Diego Section is a 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt non-profit organization. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Enclosed is a tax exempt letter from the ASCE San Diego Section and IRS W-9 Form(Click here). Conference event information can be found on our website at

Sponsor Form

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Melanie Foronda                                                   Jaylee Williamson

2014 ASCE PSWC Fund Raising Co-Chair         2014 ASCE PSWC Fund Raising Co-Chair


2014 ASCE PSWC Host Sponsorship Letter


SDAG February 27, 2013 Meeting

Our friends at the San Diego Association of Geologists (SDAG) have announced their next dinner meeting.  Please visit the link below for more information.

SDAG Feb 2013 Dinner

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