Earthquakes and Early Warnings
in the Bay Area

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DATE :  Dec. 1st, 2011 @ 3:30PM  ABSTRACT:

The Bay Area is one of the most seismically active regions in the United States. The San Andreas Fault passes through the South Bay and the Peninsula, and there are six other major fault systems associated with the San Andreas, from the San Gregorio Fault to the west to the Greenville Fault in the East.

According to the USGS, the likelihood of a major earthquake on one of these faults in the next 30 years is greater than 60%. Of the seven major fault systems, the Hayward Fault, which runs along the western edge of the East Bay Hills, is considered the most likely to experience a major event: a 30% likelihood in the next 30 years. The economic losses from such an earthquake are estimated to be as high as $180 billion.

The unique geology and geography of the Bay Area means that the Silicon Valley is particularly vulnerable to damage from earthquakes on the Hayward and San Andreas Fault. It is important to be mindful of the risks to business and industry from these natural disasters, and to consider possible ways of mitigating the damage and minimizing the loss from such events.

VENUE :  Nixon Peabody -2 Palo Alto Square 3000 El Camino

3:30 - 4:30pm Presentations
4:30 - 4:40pm Networking break
4:40 - 5:30pm Q&A

Dr. Douglas S. Dreger
Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley Associate Director, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
Dr. Douglas S. Dreger received his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1992 for his work on Broadband Waveform Modeling. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California since 1996. Since 2002 he has served as Associate Director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, where his responsibilities include the management of the high resolution borehole seismic networks. His research includes 3D seismic wave propagation for strong ground motion simulation, earthquake source studies, seismic nuclear discrimination, and the development of automated seismic processing systems for emergency response applications. Methods he has developed are currently employed by the Japanese NIED, Italian INGV, Greek Aristotle University, Swiss ETH, University of Utah, University of Alaska, the Joint UC Berkeley, Caltech, USGS California Integrated Seismic Network., as well as individual researchers around the globe. He has published 86 papers in peer-reviewed journals on these subjects. He has served as an advisor on the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Instrumentation Committee, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Consortium of Strong Motion Observations Systems (COSMOS).


Dr. Gilead Wurman
Chief Seismologist, Seismic Warning Systems, Inc.
Dr. Wurman has been active in the seismological community for 11 years. He received a B.S. in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from UC Berkeley. He spent three years developing the ElarmS earthquake warning system for use in Northern California, and helped to implement ElarmS for realtime testing that is currently underway in a collaboration between Berkeley, Caltech, the USGS and the Southern California Earthquake Center.


Mr. Michael Price
COO/CTO, Seismic Warning Systems, Inc.
Mr. Price has over 33 years of product design and development management experience. He was previously Sr. VP of Engineering and Manufacturing at Emu Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of high-end electronic musical instruments where he was responsible for all product design, R&D, manufacturing, service, and IT. He was also responsible for the initiation and development of a highly successful consumer audio product line, the precursor of the iPod, for Creative Technology, the parent company of Emu. Mr. Price was previously VP of Engineering at Pixar, a 3D computer graphics and animation company, and part of the original startup team at Valid Logic Systems, a computer-aided engineering SW company for which he was VP Engineering. He started his career at Hewlett-Packard designing test equipment and managing a SW engineering team. Mr. Price has a BSEE from Carnegie-Mellon University followed by graduate studies at the University of Colorado and Stanford University.

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