NEC2020: Unveiling the San Diego Earthquake Scenario

Held March 4-6 in San Diego, the National Earthquake Conference (NEC) and EERI Annual Meeting is the place where professionals in our field gather to connect, network, and learn. Don’t miss out on this must-attend meeting that happens just every four years!

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The dynamic program features the exclusive release of a new earthquake scenario and risk study for the San Diego region. Developed by experts and community stakeholders over the last five years, the scenario will showcase the impacts and consequences of a potential M6.9 earthquake on the Rose Canyon Fault. The sessions below will highlight findings from the study and possibilities to achieve a seismically resilient San Diego by 2050. Please note that more speakers are being confirmed.

Unveiling of San Diego Earthquake Scenario and its Vision for a Seismically Resilient San Diego by 2050 

This session will unveil major findings from the San Diego Earthquake Scenario. The experts and stakeholders who have worked on the scenario will also present their vision for a seismically resilient San Diego. They will also discuss the possibilities and opportunities for action, particularly by local leaders who will be critical to seismic planning and mitigation success.

  • Jorge Meneses, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, RMA Group, and California Seismic Safety Commissioner (M.EERI,2006)
  • Tony Court, President, A. B. Court & Associates
  • Mona Freels, Emergency Operations Services Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric

Designing the Earthquake & Geologic Hazards for the San Diego Earthquake Scenario

This session will showcase the technical work of the San Diego Earthquake Scenario's "Earth Science" Working Group. The session will describe the San Diego seismic fault zone, the selection of the scenario earthquake, the associated shaking, ground failure, and secondary hazards. Speakers include:

  • Jim Gingery, Chief Engineer, Keller (M.EERI,2002)
  • Ken Hudnut, Research Geophysicist, United States Geological Survey (M.EERI,2000)
  • Mark Legg, President, Legg Geophysical, Inc. (M.EERI,1999)
  • Tom Rockwell, Professor of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University

Infrastructure and Building Vulnerabilities in San Diego and Tijuana

This session will examine the impacts on buildings and lifeline infrastructure as a result of the geologic hazards in the San Diego and Tijuana areas. Using an engineering perspective, the session will describe the studies that helped identify expected impacts, including ones that took place in Tijuana, and discuss opportunities for mitigation. Speakers include:

  • Janna Bonfiglio, Project Geotechnical Engineer, Kleinfelder (M.EERI,2013)
  • Mario Gonzalez-Duran, Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana, Baja California (M.EERI,2018)
  • Peter Maloney, Project Engineer, Degenkolb Engineers (M.EERI,2020)
  • Jorge Meneses, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, RMA Group, and California Seismic Safety Commissioner (M.EERI,2006)
  • Roberto Ruiz-Salas, Project Engineer, Kimley-Horn

Achieving a Seismically Resilient San Diego by 2050: A Collaborative Workshop

Bring your ideas and passion for seismic resilience policy! This interactive session will discuss how earthquake scenarios have resulted in policy or mitigation actions. You will hear examples of success and engage in interactive exercises and discussions to brainstorm policy options and other possibilities to achieve a seismically resilient San Diego by 2050. Speakers include:

  • Laurie Johnson, Principal and Founder, Laurie Johnson Consulting, and President, EERI (M.EERI,1990)

San Diego Scenario Stakeholder Insight Panel

Diverse stakeholders will discuss impacts from the scenario on their own infrastructure or systems, describe their organization's seismic mitigation and planning accomplishments, and compare them to their other hazard planning efforts. Panelists will also explore challenges and opportunities in mitigating their seismic risk. Speakers include:

  • David Harrison, Emergency Preparedness Manager, City of Carlsbad
  • James Hackett, Principal Structural Engineer, Division of the State Architect