The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly videoconferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.
Senior Transportation Engineer
On Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Mr.Loren Turner presented "US Geological Survey ShakeCast."
The Division of Research and Innovation is currently working with the United States Geological Survey to develop and implement a Caltrans-specific version of ShakeCast, a post-event analysis tool that could ultimately lead to changes in the way Caltrans responds following a major earthquake. ShakeCast is a web-based application that, within ten minutes of an event, automatically retrieves measured earthquake shaking data, analyzes this against individual bridge performance characteristics, and generates inspection prioritization emails and other web-based products for responders.
Topic Description: "US Geological Survey ShakeCast"
Shortly after receiving his B.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California San Diego in 1993, Mr. Turner began his career with the California Department ofTransportation. As a Civil Engineer working in various Structures and Geotechnical branches, he has observed and worked with contractors in the construction of major bridges and retaining walls in the San Diego and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. He’s planned, developed, and performed geotechnical insitu testing, pile load testing, and solved significant problems associated with deep foundations; integrated geotechnical instrumentation and data acquisition systems; and, designed bridges and retaining walls. In 1999, Mr. Turner joined the Division of Research & Innovation and has since led research efforts towards improvement of geotechnical practices within the Department. These efforts have included vibration studies, the applications of high precision Global Positioning Systems to bridge and landslide deformation monitoring, development of geotechnical information management systems, and earthquakenotification technologies. Mr. Turner completed his M.S. Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California Davis.