The Earthquake Insights Seminar has concluded. If you missed the event or would like to learn more, a recording can be found on the UBC Engineering YouTube channel.

Earthquake Insights Seminar: Unveiling Discoveries and Preparedness Strategies - Lessons learned from the M 7.8 Türkiye Earthquake of 6 February 2023


Earthquakes are natural phenomena that often leave us in awe of their power and destruction. To gain a deeper understanding of these events and to bolster earthquake preparedness in Canada and worldwide, our team of dedicated researchers embarked on a journey to Türkiye, a region susceptible to seismic activity and recently suffered from a major earthquake. Now, they're back to share their findings, experiences, and insights with the community.


Highlights of the Event

Research Revelations

Our esteemed panel of professors will present their findings from the recent expedition, shedding light on the intricate mechanisms behind earthquakes, their impact on infrastructure and communities, and the implications for disaster preparedness.

Interdisciplinary Insights

In addition to our UBC Civil Engineering faculty, we are honored to host faculty members from other renowned universities who will provide diverse perspectives on earthquake research, risk assessment, and resilience strategies.

Interactive Discussions

Engage in interactive discussions with our panelists, allowing you to delve deeper into the research, ask questions, and gain a more comprehensive understanding of earthquake dynamics.

Promoting Preparedness

Beyond research, this event underscores the critical importance of earthquake preparedness and safety. Learn about practical measures you can take to prepare and protect yourself, your family, and your community in the event of an earthquake.


Recordings and Presentations

View the seminar slides


Video Chapters of the Webcast

Opening remarks from Consul General of Türkiye, Mr. Hüseyin Emrah Kurt

Opening remarks from Dr. Tony Yang, Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering

Seismology and Geotechnical Effects with Dr. Alemdar Bayraktar Professor in Structural and Earthquake Engineering and Dr. Keshab Sharma Geotechnical Engineer, BGC Engineering Inc.

Building Codes and Construction Practices with Dr. Tony Yang

Performance of Residential Buildings with Dr. Svetlana Brzev, Adjunct Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering 

Performance of Schools with Dr. Bishnu Pandey, Instructor, BCIT and Allison Chen, Practice Advisor, EGBC

Performance of Health Care Facilities with Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Structural EIT, Ausenco

Preparedness, Response and Recovery with Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Dr. Şerife Özata, and Allison Chen.

Dr. Mehrtash Motamedi, Research Associate, UBC Department of Civil Engineering moderates a panel discussion.

Concluding Remarks from Dr. Tony Yang, Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering


Event Information:

Date held: Friday, October 13, 2023

Host: Tony Yang, PhD, P.Eng., F. CAE. Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering

Relevant and suitable for: 

  • Engineers, planners, mid-senior-to-senior level executives and leaders in engineering firms and government, and mainstream and trade media
  • Students and researchers interested in earthquake studies and civil engineering.
  • Professionals in the fields of urban planning, disaster management, and infrastructure development.
  • Community members are concerned about earthquake preparedness and safety.

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Alemdar Bayraktar Picture

Alemdar Bayraktar, PhD

Professor in Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Svetlana Brzev Picture

Svetlana Brzev, PhD, P.Eng., FEC

Adjunct Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering

Allison Chen Picture

Allison Chen, P.Eng., P.E.

Practice Advisor, EGBC

Mehrtash Motamedi photo

Mehrtash Motamedi, PhD, P.Eng.

Research Associate, UBC Department of Civil Engineering

Bishnu Pandey photo

Bishnu Pandey, PhD, P.Eng.

Instructor, BCIT

Jeffrey Salmon Picture

Jeffrey Salmon, PhD

Structural EIT, Ausenco



Keshab Sharma Picture

Keshab Sharma, PhD

Geotechnical Engineer, BGC Engineering Inc.

Carlos Ventura photo

Carlos Ventura, P.E., P.Eng., PhD

Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering

Tony Yang Picture

Tony Yang, PhD, P.Eng., F. CAE

Professor, UBC Department of Civil Engineering

Şerife Özata

Şerife Özata, PhD

Architect, Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Architecture, Ahi Evran University in Kirsehir, Turkey

Omar AlShawa

Omar AlShawa, PhD

Research Associate (RTD-A), Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy 


Questions about the event can be directed to

Structural Engineers Association of BC logo

Seminar supported by:

Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia


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