Standing Committees

Awareness and Education

The Awareness and Education Standing Committee has focused their efforts in promoting seismic safety planning, preparedness, awareness, and education. Their ongoing efforts include providing schools with planning and educational materials, working through the State Office of Education in promotion of school earthquake drills, and creating a web site so schools have easy access to seismic safety materials.

The A&E Standing Committee oversees the Student Grant Research Program. This program offers schools, both public and private, an opportunity to research seismic safety related issues in the fields of engineering, geoscience, architecture, land use planning, governmental relations and community preparedness. The Committee reviews the grant proposals, awards the grants, oversees the progress of research and reviews the research report upon completion of the work.

Other issues of interest are, sponsoring an earthquake conference and developing brochures on earthquake insurance and USSC.

Engineering and Architecture

The Engineering and Architecture Standing Committee has several issues that they are actively promoting. Two issues have risen to the top of the committee's agenda.

The first is advocating requirements for seismic improvements in older commercial and high occupancy buildings during major remodeling or when certain other changes are made in order to increase life - safety during moderate to large earthquakes.

The second is improve the survivability and post - earthquake usability of essential service buildings.

Other issues of interest are seismic safety improvements in schools, seismic safety improvement for unreinforced masonry buildings, developing usable IBC seismic maps, providing input to the post - earthquake technical clearinghouse and providing input on the Structural Engineers Emergency Response Plan (SEERP).


The Geoscience Standing Committee has developed three primary issues that the committee is pursuing.

The first issue is to ensure that geologic - hazard investigations are performed for the safe sitting of all new schools and critical public facilities.

The second issue is continued assistance to local governments with geoscience information and with guidance in planning and land - use in order to reduce risks from earthquake and other geologic hazards.

The final issue is support ongoing efforts of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations and the USGS in developing urban strong - motion monitoring and a real - time earthquake information system in the greater Wasatch Front Area as part of the Advanced National Seismic Safety System (ANSS).

Other issues of interest are holding a seismic risk workshop on the National Seismic Hazards Map developed by the USGS, participate in post - earthquake technical clearinghouse activities, encourage the adoption of overlay zones and county geologist programs, increase the availability of shear wave velocity and site soil classes for areas outside Salt Lake County, encourage consultant's fault studies availability for updating city and county maps, promote the expansion of ANSS program goals, and develop consensus on ground motion data (time histories) applicable to "site specific seismic hazards analysis".

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Fault scarps of the Wasatch fault zone near North Ogden.