November 12 2001 Forum on the Technical Implications of the World Trade Center Collapses

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Date: Monday, November 12, 2001

Location: Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Organizer: Professor Rene B. Testa


Sponsored by:

The Department Of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

Center for Hazards And Risk Research at Columbia University

Institute For Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIA) at New York University

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Speakers:

Diana Chapin

First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection;

Executive Director, NYC Water Board


Daniel A. Cuoco

President, LZA Technology

Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc.


David Davidowitz

Vice President of Gas Engineering Consolidated Edison Company Gas Group


Brad Gair

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Special Assistant to the Federal Coordinating Officer for the WTC Disaster Declaration


Kenneth Holden

Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction


Andrew Feeney

Deputy Director, New York State Emergency Management Office


Authur Kressner

Director, Power Supply Consolidated Edison Company Research Division


Matthys Levy

Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

Mr. Levy is a principal in the firm Weidlinger Associates, Inc., and author of the book Why Buildings Fall Down.


Francis Lombardi

Chief Engineer

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)


Guy Nordenson

Guy Nordenson and Associates

This firm has been actively involved in assessment of structural damage to the buildings near the World Trade Center.


John W. Norman

Chief of Special Operations Fire Department of New York City


Leslie Robertson

Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Mr. Robertson is the engineer of record for the World Trade Center Towers.


Raymond E. Sandiford

Chief Geotechnical Engineer PANYNJ


Ivan S. Sandler

Principal Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

This firm is a leader in blast resistant design.


Richard Scheirer

Director, New York City Office of Emergency Management


George Tamaro

Senior Partner Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

Mr. Tamaro has been the leading geotechnical engineer involved with the widely reported retaining wall concerns.


Charles Thornton

Chairman Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc.

This is the structural design firm for the Petronas Towers - the world's tallest buildings.


Richard Tomasetti

President Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc.

Mr. Tomasetti's firm is the designated lead firm in assessment of damaged buildings in the vicinity of Ground Zero.


Stephen A. Watson, III

Senior Consultant Risk Engineering Zurich RE



Schedule:


9:00 a.m. Introduction

Leslie Robertson

Kenneth Holden


10:00 a.m. Structural and Geotechnical Assessment

Richard Tomasetti

Ivan S. Sandler

George Tamaro

Ramond E. Sandiford

Guy Nordenson


11:30 a.m. Lunch


12:30 p.m. The Collapse Mechanisms

Francis J. Lombardi

Charles Thornton

Matthys Levy

.

2:00 p.m. Managerial and Technical Aspects of Emergency Response Operations

Richard Scheirer

Andrew Feeney

Brad Gair

Daniel A. Cuoco

John W. Norman


3:30 p.m. Hazards and Risk Implications

Diana Chapin

Arthur Kressner

David Davidowitz

Stephen A. Watson, III


5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

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