Five Years Since the 7.0 Haiti Earthquake

An EERI Meeting and Presentation

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Location: ABAG Auditorium, 101 8th Street, Suite 600Oakland, CA 94607
Free and open to all.

Please Email to RSVP – RSVP by Wednesday, February 4, 2015 so EERI can order enough food, however don’t hesitate to bring along a suddenly inspired co-worker at the last minute!

Join the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) for an interactive panel discussion five years after the 7.0 Haiti earthquake. Hear from three speakers who have spent significant time in Haiti since the earthquake helping to rebuild in unique and difficult conditions. Each speaker will briefly introduce their work in Haiti, followed by a panel discussion focused on strong themes from the recovery that were influential to their success, and themes they expect will manifest in future earthquakes in the developing world.

The event will also feature the local EERI student chapters. Students will give short presentations on their progress in the seismic design competition.


Mug_MartinHammerMartin Hammer, Martin Hammer Architect. Martin is an architect in private practice in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Throughout his career Martin has emphasized sustainable building design in his residential, commercial and institutional projects. For the past 13 years he has been involved in the development of sustainable ICC and State of California building codes. Since 2012 Martin has been co-director of Builders Without Borders. In 2006-07 Martin helped found the organization Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building, introducing engineered, resource-efficient straw bale construction to earthquake-affected Pakistan. Since February 2010 he has worked extensively in post-earthquake Haiti. First as a member of EERI’s second reconnaissance team and then as a member of the World Monuments Fund’s historic preservation effort in Port-au-Prince. Since June 2010 he has been project architect for Builders Without Borders, developing and implementing sustainable rebuilding solutions for Haiti, and collaborating with organizations such as Haiti Communitere, Help Hayti and Build Change.

Mug_BenBiddickBen Biddick, KPFF. Ben worked as an engineer for Build Change from 2011 to 2014 on various projects in Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines. His work included the design of seismic retrofits, on site construction supervision, and the development of construction guidelines and communication materials. In 2014, Ben returned to California where he is currently working as a project engineer at KPFF San Francisco.



Mug_BrianTuckerBrian Tucker, GHI. Brian founded GeoHazards International (GHI) in 1991 with the mission to save lives and livelihoods in the world’s most vulnerable communities from geophysical disasters. Over the past two decades, GHI has worked in more than 40 countries, raising awareness of the risk from natural hazards and of the affordable methods to manage that risk, creating local risk management organizations, and launching self-sustaining projects that help communities reduce their risk. Many of GHI’s projects strengthen schools and hospitals. Others train engineers, masons, contractors, and government agencies to create safe buildings. GHI employees (and EERI members) Veronica Cedillos and Justin Moresco applied these methods in three cities in northern Haiti during 2013 to begin the process of reducing their risk to earthquakes and tsunamis. GHI is now endeavoring to continue some of this work with the Haitian university located in Limonade.

With Moderator

Tim Hart - Forell/ElsesserTim Hart, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tim has 25 years of structural engineering and building construction experience and is currently the lead civil and structural engineer for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tim has worked with Build Change as a structural engineering consultant since 2005 providing engineering designs, peer reviews, and technical assistance on Build Change projects in Indonesia, China, Haiti, Guatemala, and the Philippines. His work in Haiti included co-leading the Forell/Elsesser design team who worked on two prototype buildings for Build Change in Haiti, peer reviewing temporary shelter designs developed by Habitat for Humanity, and reviewing guideline manuals developed for Haiti by several organizations including Build Change, Engineers Without Borders, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Humanitarian Aid. Tim traveled to Haiti in 2012 where he provided on-site technical consulting and investigations for Build Change in Port-au-Prince and for the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Jacmel.


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