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Upcoming DVGI Events:

DVGI Dinner Meeting, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TOPIC: Rapid Reconnaissance Technologies for Multiple Hazards
SPEAKER: Dr. Sissy Nikolaou, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Asst. Vice President & Principal, WSP
LOCATION: Valley Forge Casino, Parkview Ballroom, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
TIME: 5:30 PM - Social Hour, 6:30 PM - Dinner, 7:15 PM - Presentation

Extreme multi-hazards of earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, floods, or terrorist attacks have generated unfortunate, yet valuable lessons that reveal risks to our built environment and population. Reconnaissance immediately after a disaster, observation and documentation of failures but also successes, and long term monitoring of the recovery and rebuild are inherently necessary components for engineers to advance the state of practice and benefit the society by creating safer designs. This presentation will highlight the importance of post-hazard observations with selected historical examples, and focus on rapid reconnaissance technologies through extreme events examples that the speaker participated in, including Hurricane Sandy and several earthquakes around the world. The impact on enhancing design practices and supporting communities to bounce forward after a disaster will also be discussed.

Sissy Nikolaou is Assistant Vice President and Principal of WSP with 20+ years of global engineering experience. She oversees the WSP’s geotechnical earthquake engineering practice and leads the multi-hazard resilience initiative of the firm’s Geotechnical & Tunneling Technical Excellence Center. Her consulting approach emphasizes performance-and resilience-based design, soil-structure interaction, and geo-risk assessment and mitigation. Her experience involves numerous critical infrastructure and transportation projects, high-rise structures in New York and Mexico cities. Driven by a desire to find innovative solutions that protect populations and help them emerge stronger from natural disasters, Sissy has been part of reconnaissance missions after extreme events. Her recognitions include the Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice, the 2017 ACEC-NY Principal of the Year, and leadership Board positions in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Applied Technology Council (ATC) and Geo-Institute of ASCE.

**Register by clicking the Event Registration link on the left.  Please register no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  Registrations made after this time cannot be accepted.**


5th Annual DVGI Golf Outing, Friday, June 22, 2018

WHO: ASCE and DVGI Members, Friends, Clients
WHERE: Jefferson Golf Club, 2400 W. Main Street, Jeffersonville, PA 19403
WHEN: Tee times starting at 12:30pm, Scramble Format

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