Structural Engineers Association of New York

CANCELLED: Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Mission and Protocols on Emergency rapid Deployment for Building Assessments

  • 12 Mar 2020
  • 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Arup, 77 Water Street., 4th. Floor, (NY4 - East River Conference Room), New York, NY 10005


This event is cancelled.

This Event is co-sponsored by SEAoNY-SEER, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and the Forensic Engineering Technical Group of the ASCE Metropolitan Section (celebrating 100 Years this year 2020).


March 12th, 2020 from 5:15pm - 8:00pm

Arup, 77 Water Street., 4th. Floor,

(NY4 - East River Conference   Room), New York, NY 10005


 Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Mission and Protocols on Emergency rapid Deployment for Building Assessments


Speaker: Timothy D. Lynch, PE, Chief Engineer – NYC Dept. of Buildings, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

For this special event, there will be brief Introductions regarding the SEAoNY-SEER Committee, and the ASCE-TCFE,  by Structural Engineers - Alberto Marquez, PE, of the Hatfield Group, and Paul Anthony Roppa, PE, Chairman of the Forensic Engineering Technical Group of the ASCE Metropolitan Section, and Director of Bid Process Management, Infrastructure Division, at the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC).

Synopsis: We will discuss New York City’s training programs for handling rapid and detailed structural evaluations for large scale emergency responses for hurricanes and earthquakes. New York City follows the National Incident Command System (NICS), and has our own version of this program called Citywide Incident Management System (CIMS). Also to be discussed will be the radical departure of paper based reporting to an ArcGIS platform based around smart phone apps. These allow for extremely quick building evaluations and enhanced photo imaging, where the survey data is uploaded in real time to satellite maps and dashboards available to multiple agencies local and remote to the event. Examples will be provided of recent earthquake and hurricane deployment by New York City Department of Buildings and our other City colleagues to those areas in need of rapid and detailed structural surveys down in Puerto Rico.

Speaker Biography: Timothy D. Lynch, PE is a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer and certified Site Safety Manager with over 30 years of structural engineering design and construction experience and is the Chief Engineer for the NYC Department of Buildings, where he has served in a number of senior engineering titles since 2005, and leads the Enforcement Bureau for the Buildings Department. Lynch coordinates high level engineering reviews for complex construction projects; performs site visits on structurally complex unsafe buildings and assessment and stabilization efforts on complex building collapses due to fires, explosions, weather events, and earthquakes, etc. He works on existing building code and construction techniques, 19th and 20th Century and prior code research; code development; data analysis on 1.1M building stock to determine risk, structural stability and predictive analysis. Performs training and outreach to the public, Fire Dept., Office of Emergency Management (OEM), technical and inspectorial staff; performs legal work such as depositions, fact and expert witnesses; and writes Commissioner’s Orders and Reports for NYCDOB.

This engineering lecture event has been submitted for review and approval of 1.5 PDH’s.


Light Refreshments will be served at 5:30 PM  

This technical engineering event starts promptly at 6:00pm, therefore please arrive no later than 5:45pm.  

   Note: Immediately following the Lecture, there will be a robust Q & A Session from 7:30pm to 8:00pm

Contact: Paul Anthony Roppa, P.E.,  paul.roppa.par@gmail.com  or  roppap@ddc.nyc.gov

(215) 200-7684, Chairman - Forensic Engineering Technical Group of ASCE Metropolitan Section, and Practitioner Advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter of Columbia University's Engineering - The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

 


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