Now Available! FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report

The joint FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time, is available for immediate download.  This report was requested by Congress as part of the most recent National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) reauthorization, and is the work of a Committee of Experts including more than 30 individuals from federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, disaster management professional associations, engineering professional associations, and professional construction and homebuilding industry associations.

The report provides options in the form of recommendations, tasks, and alternatives for improving the built environment to increase resilience and reduce the impacts of future natural hazard events.  It includes one overarching recommendation and six additional supporting recommendations. Across all recommendations, there are 17 tasks identifying necessary actions and nine possible alternative actions needed for implementation.  Finally, the report includes an assessment of the recommendations and describes a path forward for implementation.  

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May 15, 2000

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The Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Japan Structural Consultants Association (JSCA) are pleased to announce the Ninth U.S.-Japan Workshop on Improvement of Structural Design and Construction Practices, to be held August 21-23, 2000, at the Laurel Point Inn in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Prior workshops in this series sponsored jointly by ATC and JSCA, have been held in Honolulu (1998, 1984), Kobe (1996), Victoria (1994), San Diego (1992), Kailua-Kona (1990), Tokyo (1988), and San Francisco (1986). The workshops have provided unique opportunities for leading engineers from the two countries to discuss state-of-the-art structural engineering issues in both formal and informal surroundings.

The 9th U.S.-Japan Workshop will be held following the Annual Convention of the Structural Engineers Association of California in Vancouver, British Columbia, August 16-20, 2000. The program for the 9th Workshop includes technical presentations by structural and earthquake engineering design practitioners and researchers from Japan, Canada, and the United States, as well as working group discussions and several social functions. The Workshop program (see second page of the Workshop Brochure) is expected to include papers on the following topics:

  • Performance-Based Engineering, including case studies pertaining to new and existing construction
  • Near-Field Earthquake Ground Motion
  • Innovative Concepts and Techniques for Improving Seismic Performance
  • Current Design Challenges and Opportunities
  • Issues in Professional Design Practice

Deadline for Paper Submittal. . Selected authors will be notified by July 1, 2000. Final papers (12 pages in length, maximum) will be due August 1, 2000.

Workshop Registration. Persons interested in participating in the Workshop (presenting a paper or not) may do so by completing and submitting the Workshop Registration Form, which can be obtained from ATC (Phone, 650/595-1542), or downloaded from ATC's web site ( As in the past, ATC and JSCA are organizing this workshop on a self-funded basis (i.e., without external funding). Accordingly, all participants will be required to pay their own travel and hotel expenses and the Workshop registration fee (approximately $200), which includes workshop luncheons, break refreshments, and workshop preprints.

Hotel Reservations. A block of overnight rooms is being held at the Laurel Point Inn at the rate of Canadian$145 (US$98 at the current exchange rate) for a standard room, and Canadian$200 dollars (US$135) for a suite. For room reservations, contact the Laurel Point Hotel directly (1-800-663-7667) and reference Applied Technology Council. A reservation form can also be downloaded from ATC's web site ( and faxed to the hotel.