A Briefing on the 2015 

Nepal Earthquakes  

 Presented by the SEAW Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee

Please Note: Online registration is now closed. You may register on site.

Monday, December 14, 2015
4:00 - 7:00 PM 
Check-in begins at 3:30 PM
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium 

On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. It and aftershocks killed more than 9,100 people and inflicted severe damage to many structures. Through the non-governmental organization Global Fairness, two teams of engineers from the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia  flew to Nepal in May to perform post-earthquake building assessments. Please join us for an evening with the three SEAW members– Scott Douglas, Pete Opsahl, and Sabina Surana – who served on these teams in Nepal. They will share their experiences, including the nature of the work, the structures they evaluated, building failure types, and the people and conditions they encountered. They will also discuss the use of the ATC-20 post-earthquake evaluation methods in a third world country.

Briefing Topics

  • The Events
  • Our Task
  • Seismicity in Nepal and Faults
  • Culture and History
  • Building Damage Observations
  • Engineering History
  • Geography of Nepal
  • Challenges and Lessons Learned
  • Road to Recovery
  • Reflections On Our Progress

CE Credits
A Certificate of Continuing Education for 3.0 PDH will be available. Everyone will receive the certificate via email after the event. Please be sure to register with your current email address.                                                                               

Includes parking & refreshments at mid-presentation break

Before Friday, December 9th at noon:

  • SEAW/AIA/EERI/ASCE/EWB Members*: $50
  • Non-Member: $70
  • Students/SU Faculty & Staff**: No charge

After Friday, December 9th at noon:

  • SEAW/AIA/EERI/ASCE/EWB Members*: $60
  • Non-Member: $80
  • Students/SU Faculty & Staff**: No Charge

*SEAW 2015 Dues must be paid

**Registration Required

Prepayment is required.


From Northbound I-5:
Take the James Street exit. Turn right and continue to Broadway, at the top of the hill. Cross Broadway and go downhill to 12th Avenue East. Turn left and then left again at Marion Street and enter campus at the Visitor Parking Entrance.

From Southbound I-5:
Take the James Street exit. Continue through the second light and turn left onto James Street. Then follow Northbound directions to Visitor Parking Entrace at 12th and Marion (see above). 

NOTE: Carpools are encouraged. Arrive early. Registration includes parking on campus. Inform the parking attendant that you are attending the Nepal Earthquake Briefing in Pigott Auditorium. If parking is not available in the visitor lot, you will be directed to another lot on campus (approximately 10 minute additional walk).