The 2017 Pacific Rim Forum on the Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities

Nuclear facilities associated with power generation, nuclear materials processing and storage, and nuclear experimental science require the utmost attention with regard to facility resilience and safety. Around the Pacific Rim, large earthquakes are a major design issue for nuclear facilities and advanced approaches for seismic analysis and design are essential to achieving appropriate levels of risk. The Pacific Rim Forum on the Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities is intended to bring together the research and practitioner communities to share recent developments in advancing earthquake hazard and risk assessments, to provide focused discussion on timely challenges facing the nuclear enterprise, and to discuss the societal importance of a breadth of nuclear facilities. The topics for the Pacific Rim Forum 2017 are outlined below, with the intent of continuing the excellent dialog and technical exchanges that were generated by the very successful Pacific Rim Forum of 2015.

The 2017 Pacific Rim Forum is once again bringing together governmental leaders, practitioners and researchers from around the Pacific Rim to address the current state of practice, recent research advancements and unresolved challenges. Specific topics of discussion will include:

• Recent developments and future needs in seismic hazard characterization
• Advancements in risk-informed, performance based earthquake standards
• Advanced simulations for transformational hazard and risk assessments
• Decommissioning, including under extreme conditions
• Experimental testing for advanced understanding
• Recent industrial experiences in Probabalistic Risk Assessments
• Advanced technologies for performance modification, monitoring and detection

This year’s Forum will be held at the International House at UC Berkeley. Get more information about the venue, parking and lodging. We welcome you to Berkeley and look forward to a productive series of discussions.

Save the dates of January 23 & 24, 2017. Due to limited space, attendance is restricted and will be on a first-registered basis.

Dr. David McCallen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Office of the President
Professor Khalid Mosalam, PEER and UC Berkeley
Dr. Farhang Ostadan, Bechtel Corporation
Professor Muneo Hori, University of Tokyo
Grace Kang, PEER
Carol Chien, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

When: January 23-24, 2017
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