Partners and Links

Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC)
The Building Seismic Safety Council was established in 1979 under the auspices of the National Institute of Building Sciences as an entirely new type of instrument for dealing with the complex regulatory, technical, social, and economic issues involved in developing and promulgating building earthquake risk mitigation regulatory provisions that are national in scope. By bringing together in the BSSC all of the needed expertise and all relevant public and private interests, it was believed that issues related to the seismic safety of the built environment could be resolved and jurisdictional problems overcome through authoritative guidance and assistance backed by a broad consensus. 

Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF)
The Charles Pankow Foundation (CPF) was established to provide the public with buildings of improved quality, efficiency, and value by advancing innovation in building design and construction. Established in 2002 by Charles Pankow, founder of Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd., a leading U.S. design-build constructor, the Foundation continues to advance his legacy of innovation. It was Charles Pankow's lifelong passion to lead and inspire new and better ways to build. He intended that this Foundation, drive market-driven innovations in the building industry. CPF funds research, development and dissemination of new products and solutions that help the U.S. building construction industry be more efficient and more cost competitive. The Foundation currently focuses its research grantmaking in two goal areas: Structural Systems and Project Team Performance Tools.

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists. EERI members include researchers, practicing professionals, educators, government officials, and building code regulators.

GeoHazards International (GHI)
GeoHazards International (GHI) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to end preventable death and suffering from natural disasters.  Founded in 1991, GHI helps the world’s most vulnerable communities prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and climate hazards.

MCEER is a national center of excellence that develops and applies knowledge and advanced technologies to reduce earthquake losses. Headquartered at the University at Buffalo, the Center was established in 1986 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the country's first National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER)

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)
PEER is a consortium of western universities working in partnership with business, industry, and government to identify and to reduce through performance-based engineering, earthquake risks to life safety and to the economy.

Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
SEAOC's mission is to advance the structural engineering profession; to provide the public with structures of dependable performance through the application of state of the art structural engineering principles; to assist the public in obtaining professional structural engineering services; to promote natural hazard mitigation; to provide continuing education and encourage research; to provide structural engineers with the most current information and tools to improve their practice; and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession.

Domestic Links:

California Seismic Safety Commission (CSSC)
The CSSC is a California state agency that advises the Governor, the Legislature, and the public on earthquake policy related issues. We develop and monitor seismic risk mitigation programs, hold monthly hearings, and sponsor legislation regarding seismic safety. The Mission of the Seismic Safety Commission is to provide decision makers and the general public with cost-effective recommendations to reduce earthquake losses and speed recovery.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA, founded in 1979, is an independent agency of the federal government, reporting to the President. Since its founding in 1979, FEMA's mission has been to reduce loss of life and property and protect our nation's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is a nonprofit association that engages in communication, education, engineering and research. IBHS's mission is to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
NIST's mission is to strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the quality of life by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. It carries out this mission through four major programs, each one addressing different components of the technology pipeline.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through programs that invest over $3.3 billion per year in almost 20,000 research and education projects in science and engineering.

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to: 1) describe and understand the Earth; 2) minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; 3) manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and 4) enhance and protect our quality of life.
Earthquake Information -- Reducing Hazards:

International Links:

Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
The Centre for Advanced Engineering was established in May 1987 as a centre for the promotion and encouragement of innovation and excellence in engineering and technology. Through a range of projects, publications and symposia, the Centre brings together selected groups of experts who provide specialist knowledge relevant to the engineering and related professions, industry, national and local government, and research institutions.