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January 9 Meeting – Soft Story Earthquake Vulnerabilities and New Retrofit Technology

Save the Date: Wednesday, Janauary 9, 2019 

Location: The Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino.

Soft Story Earthquake Vulnerabilities and New Retrofit Technology

By: Thor Matteson

6:00 PM:   Education Roundtable led by Perry Farnum
An audience participation hour, with the goal to sharpen report writing skills.   The room discusses how they report conditions observed during an inspection.  The conditions are presented visually, pre-submitted comments are read and evaluated the room. Do the comments clearly identify the condition, locate it, describe it, define why it is an issue, and recommend what to do about it?  This is always a lively discussion and challenging session for inspectors new and old. 

Click Here To View This Months Report Writing Topics


7:00 PM:  Soft Story Earthquake Vulnerabilities and New Retrofit Technology,  led by Thor Matteson

  • Overview of Soft Story construction and earthquake risks
  • Problems using “standard” steel frames for soft story retrofits – especially in narrow width applications
  • Cantilevered steel columns as alternative to steel frames
  • Improving performance of steel columns with “Structural Fuse” connection
  • The “SkinnyBrace” column and structural fuse system
  • Code Evaluation Reports:  overview of process, and how the SkinnyBrace system was evaluated

Thor Matteson now runs a small engineering firm in Berkeley that specializes in earthquake retrofits for wood-framed buildings.  He also works as a sub-consultant to FEMA, the City of San Francisco, and the California Earthquake Authority, working on projects involving seismic retrofits of wood-framed buildings.  He is the Founding Engineer of Quake Bracing LLC, established to manufacture his patented “structural fuse” system for use in soft-story buildings, and co-founded the Earthquake Bracing Academy, a 501 (c) 3  non-profit organization formed to train contractors in effective earthquake retrofit methods.

Thor is the author of two books, “Wood-Framed Shear Wall Construction–an Illustrated Guide” and “Earthquake Strengthening for Vulnerable Homes.” 


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Dinner Menu and Pricing  

* Pre-ordered meals by Midnight Monday to receive  a $5.00 discount

$40.00 for a pre-ordered non-member meal. ($45.00 if ordered at time of meeting.)

$35.00 for a pre-ordered PAID ASHI/CREIA SV CHAPTER member ($40.00 if ordered at time of meeting.)  

All dinners include mixed green garden fresh salad, potato or rice (depending on the item), fresh vegetables, French bread, coffee or tea and house made dessert.

Pasta Primavera РFresh Seasonal Vegetables Saut̩ed With Garlic, Fresh Herbs & White Wine Served Over Piping Hot Linguini.

Broiled Salmon – Fresh King Salmon broiled to perfection and topped with a fresh dill sauce.

Chicken Buona Donna – Sauteed boneless breast of chicken with prawns, roasted red peppers in a sherry wine sauce.

Broiled New York Steak – Tender New York Steak served with fresh sauteed mushrooms.

Hamburger – Whats to say, its a cheeseburger and fries.

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