Thursday 6th June, 2013
10:30am to 11:00am
Natural disasters often lead to tragic loss of life and devastation. The healing process for the affected community often involves identifying what can be done to minimize the likelihood of a recurrence of such an event. Over the years, the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has sensed the duty, as well as the opportunity, to investigate the performance of buildings and their engineering systems under extreme loadings. AEI’s Technical Committee to Develop Building Integration Solutions for Abnormal Demands on Buildings was created in 2011 with the objective of conducting assessments, studying performance, and proposing guidelines for integrated building systems in the interest of identifying multidisciplinary solutions for buildings subjected to abnormal demands.
The historic impact of Super-storm Sandy on the eastern seaboard of the US serves as an excellent opportunity for the engineering community to document what happened, why it happened, and from observations, investigations, and analyses – extract lessons learned and formulate recommendations for improving building design and construction. The AEI Committee for Abnormal Demands on Buildings has initiated conducting multidisciplinary assessments looking at most of the architectural engineering systems of facilities affected by the storm: structural system (above and below grade); building envelope (roof, cladding, glazing, waterproofing); mechanical systems (HVAC, fire protection, elevators); water and wastewater; lighting; electrical systems, including emergency power; and communications. It should be noted that as the committee is not interested in assigning blame or finding fault, it only has an interest in understanding what did not work and what did work and why.
The AEI Committee’s presentation will summarize the committee’s approach to conducting surveys, methodology in conducting data analysis, and recommendations. One of the
committee’s key instruments includes a multidisciplinary assessment form for buildings affected by natural disasters.
Senior Associate - Weidlinger Associates, Chair of the ASCE-AEI Committee to Develop Building Integration Solutions for Abnormal Demands
Adam Hapij is a civil engineer working in the Applied Science and Investigation Group with Weidlinger Associates, Inc. There he specializes in structural security and evaluation of structural systems to extreme loading. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Masters in Geotechnical Engineering from The Cooper Union. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York and has 17 years of experience in the industry. Some of Adam’s diverse project experience includes design support of the new WTC PATH Transportation Hub, seismic retrofit of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, design of vibration control measures for the US Embassy in Berlin, design support of the USS San Antonio (LPD-17), and the vulnerability assessment of emergency evacuation, rescue, and recovery (EERR) equipment in commercial buildings to airblast.
Adam is the chair of the Architectural Engineering Institutes (AEI’s) Committee to Develop Building Integration Solutions for Abnormal Demands. In the recent past, Adam chaired the AEI Task Committee to Study the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has edited and co-authored the ASCE/AEI report: “Multidisciplinary Assessment of Critical Facility Response to Natural Disasters, The Case of Hurricane Katrina.” ISBN: 9780784476567
Contact Info: Phone: 212.367.2952
Geotechnical Engineer Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Sarah Johnson is a Geotechnical Engineer who joined Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE) in 2000. She has been involved with several major construction projects, including construction inspection and resident engineering services, that require special inspection services for foundation construction including rock and soil subgrades for mat foundations and spread footings, deep pile foundation installations including both driven and drilled piles, pile load testing, video inspection of rock sockets, construction dewatering, underpinning, and waterproofing. She has been involved in several projects of the Agencies of NYIEC, including the Fulton Street Transit Center and the New South Ferry Terminal for the MTA/NYC Transit Authority; Hudson Bergen Light Rail and World Trade Center Transit Hub for the PANYNJ; and assisting the NYC School Construction Authority with on-call services relating to foundation and geotechnical engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the City University of NY, and is a licensed Professional Engineer, certified in OSHA regulations of Health and Safety for Hazardous Waste Operations Personnel. Ms. Johnson’s professional activities include membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), and volunteering in several activities including her recent lecture “Geotechnical Site Analysis Overview” for the students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; membership in the ASCE-AEI Committee to Develop Building Integration Solutions for Abnormal Demands; and participation in the GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance) team to document the damage to geotechnical infrastructure in the New Jersey and New York regions post-Hurricane Sandy (initial report available on the GEER website.)
Contact info: (917) 339-9300 (switchboard)
(917) 339-9372 (direct)
(347) 408-7181 (cell)
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