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Urban Seismic Hazard Mapping

January 26, 2010   by Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

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The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop with Dr. James Hunter, senior geophysicist with the Near-Surface Geophysics Section of the Geological Survey of Canada.

This workshop will review the requirements specified in the 2005 National Building Code of Canada and the current geophysical methods in use in Canada. We will discuss current earthquake risk mapping initiatives in Ontario, Quebec and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Example maps of the average shear wave velocity of the upper 30 m of soil and rock and fundamental site period variations will be shown for Ottawa and Richmond, B.C.

Dr. Hunters advanced degrees were obtained at the University of Western Ontario where he studied teleseismic event detection and structural analysis of the earths crust and mantle. In 1970 he joined the Seismic Methods Section of the Geological Survey of Canada, and subsequently specialized in near-surface geophysical technique development and testing. Following the 1985 Mexico City earthquake he redirected much of his research effort towards geophysical measurements of soft soils in Canada.

Friday, February 19, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: ICLR, 20 Richmond Street East, Suite 210, Toronto
RSVP: Tracy Waddington (416) 364-8677.


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