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Thought the following might prove of interest to the list participants.

Claret Heider, BSSC

The Building Seismic Safety Council Annual Meeting will be held on January
20-21, 1999, at John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel Resort, Reno, Nevada.

It will begin at 1 p.m. on January 20.  The first session is tentatively
scheduled to feature the following:

Welcome and Overview of Current BSSC Activities ? BSSC Chair Eugene Zeller,
City of Long Beach

Introduction of the BSSC Annual Meeting Program and Participants ? J. Gregg
Borchelt, Brick Industry Association and BSSC Annual Meeting Program
Planning Committee Chair

Introduction of the NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of
Buildings Case Studies Project and Related Efforts ? Ugo Morelli, Federal
Emergency Management Agency, will briefly describe the background of the
Guidelines and case studies project and related FEMA efforts

The Case Studies Project:  Background and Status ? Case Studies Project
Committee  (CSPC) Chair Dan Shapiro of SOHA Engineers will describe the
purpose of and identify the participants in the Case Studies Project;
Bernard Murphy of the BSSC staff will delineate the current status of the
project; CSPC members John Baals of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and
Steven Sweeney of the U.S. Army Construction and Engineering Laboratory will
provide an overview of the building and contractor selection processes

Synthesis of Case Studies Results ? Case Studies Project Technical Advisor
Andrew Merovich of A. T. Merovich and Associates, Inc., will provide a
preliminary summary of the case studies results and implications

The January 20 program will conclude with a dinner and awards presentation.
The dinner speaker is to be announced.

On January 21, presentations are expected to include the following:

History, Purpose, and Goals of FEMA's Code and Standards Projects ? Michael
Mahoney, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Overview of the International Code Council Process and the BSSC Code
Development/Support Efforts ? A representative of the ICC will describe the
ICC process and the status of current efforts; Code Resource Support
Committee (CRSC) Chair Gerald Jones will describe the procedures used by the
BSSC in contributing to the ICC's efforts

International Building Code Seismic Requirements ? CRSC Member Ronald O.
Hamburger of EQE International will provide an overview of the IBC seismic
requirements based on the 1997 NEHRP Recommended Provisions

International Residential Code Seismic Requirements ? CRSC member J. Daniel
Dolan of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University will describe
the International Residential Code seismic requirements based on the 1997
Provisions

Application of the Codes Requirements ? CRSC Member James R. Harris of J. R.
Harris and Company, S. K. Ghosh of S. K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., and J. Dan
Dolan will present illustrations of application of the code requirements in
design.

Group Luncheon ? Speaker from FEMA Project Impact City, Sparks, Nevada

History, Purpose, and Goals of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions Update
Process ? Timothy Sheckler, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Overview of the Anticipated Changes for the 2000 NEHRP Recommended
Provisions ? Provisions Update Committee Chair William Holmes and PUC
Technical Subcommittee and Task Group Chairs will discuss changes expected
for the 2000 Provisions.

FEMA's NEHRP Strategic Plan ? Michael Mahoney, Federal Emergency Management
Agency

The BSSC's Long-Range Plan ? BSSC Long-Range Planning Committee Chair James
Beavers will discuss the Council's plan for the future.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  To obtain a registration form and other meeting
materials, please contact the BSSC at 202-289-7800 (e-mail canner(--nospam--at)nibs.org;
fax 202-289-1092).  The registration fee is $150 registration fee (to cover
the cost of meeting expenses and the group lunch and awards dinner).


HOTEL INFORMATION is as follows:  John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue,
Reno, Nevada; Telephone 800-843-2427
.
Please mention the BSSC when you call to make your reservations.  We have
negotiated a room rate (double or single) of $57 per night but reservations
must be made no later than December 18.  The negotiated rate includes free
shuttle service to/from the airport and access to all health club facilities
and the year-round pool; it applies for three days before and after the
meeting dates on a space-available basis.