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January 2002 meeting, Forensic Engineering Technical Group, Los Angeles

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January 8, 2002

6:30 pm social

7:00 pm Dinner and Program


Marriott Hotel, Long Beach Airport

4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach
(405 Freeway to Lakewood Blvd., exit north, right on Spring St.)


$25 per person, members with reservations

$30 per person, non-members or at the door
Note:  Membershipapplications available at the door


John Osteraas, Ph.D.

Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
Structures Specialist with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue program


World Trade Center: Collapse, Rescue, & Recovery –
A First Hand Perspective

As we saw on the morning of 9/11, hijacked 767s were flown into both of the 110 story towers of the World Trade Center (WTC). While both towers absorbed the impacts without collapse, the steel framing of the towers quickly lost strength from the intense heat of the ensuing fires and both towers collapsed, to the horror of us all. Within minutes of these events, FEMA activated its USAR teams nationwide, dispatching teams to New York City andWashington D.C.

John Osteraas, Practice Director of the Civil Group, of Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, served as a volunteer Structures Specialist with FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) program for eight days at Ground Zero in NewYork.  Dr. Osteraas’ role was to brief and coordinate activities of the various Task Force engineers, serve as liaison between the FEMA teams, engineers, and contractors retained by New York City, provide advice on surgical demolition plans, and provide technical support to FEMA management and FDNY.  Dr. Osteraas will discuss the various theories of the collapse, damage patterns in surrounding buildings, the rescue efforts, and the ongoing recovery and debris removal.

As a volunteer of the FEMA USAR program, Dr. Osteraas was also dispatched to Hawaii for Hurricane Iniki in 1992 (coincidently the hurricane struck on Sept. 11), to southern California following the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, and to Oklahoma City following the bombing of the Murrah Building in 1995.

Please join us for this interesting program.  Reservations are recommended. 
Please call Eugene Kovack at (714) 827-3613 for reservations.