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SEAOC Supports USRC Development September 10, 2014

The Structural Engineers Association of California votes to support development of USRC ratings system

The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) supports USRC development.  The following are highlights from a SEAOC letter addressed  to its membership.

..... The SEAOC Board of Directors, on September 10, 2014, voted unanimously to reaffirm the organization’s
commitment to participate as a founding member of the US Resiliency Council.

..... The SEAOC Board agreed to support in concept the broad goals of the USRC, which include deployment of a building rating system to evaluate expected building performance during and after natural and man-made events, including earthquakes.

…..The SEAOC Board of Directors and the boards of SEAOCC, SEAONC, SEAOSC and SEAOSD agreed to provide financial support to the USRC over the next two years.  The Boards also agreed to recruit members to serve as representatives to the USRC Technical Advisory and Governance committees.

…..At the USRC’s invitation, SEAOC convened an ad hoc committee of SEAOC members to develop recommendations for USRC certification of building evaluators.  The USRC intends to start certifying evaluators in December 2014 in advance of making the evaluation service available to the public in February 2015.  The SEAOC Board voted unanimously to approve the ad hoc committee’s draft recommendations for the “Certification and Appeals Process.” It is understood that USRC will consider, adapt, and adopt all, part, or none of these recommendations as it sees fit.  

…. SEAOC and its Member Organizations are proud to serve as founding members of the USRC.  As five among almost 50 founding members, SEAOC can play a key role in helping to shape the USRC’s objectives, policies, and the outcomes of its work. 

               
                     Adapted from SEAOC Board of Directors statement to members in SEAOC Talk, Oct. 15, 2014