Reducing the catastrophic risk of a Cascadia megathrust earthquake in southwest BC

This project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers with the following objectives: (i) to quantify the expected shaking associated with magnitude 8-9 earthquakes in the Cascadia subduction zone, (ii) to understand how the built environment will fare, and (iii) to identify how our communities can better plan for the aftermath of such scenarios.

 
 

Research Projects

Enhancing the seismic resilience of Canada’s built environment through comprehensive risk-based assessments of tall buildings.

Funding: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Principal Investigator: C. Molina Hutt

2019-2024

Reducing the catastrophic risk of a Cascadia megathrust earthquake in southwest British Columbia.

Funding: New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration

Co-Principal Investigators: C. Molina Hutt and S. Molnar (Western)

Co-Investigators: Stephanie Chang (UBC) , Katsu Goda (Western)

2019-2021

Innovative earthquake resilient structural systems for high-rise buildings.

Funding: Beijing Natural Science Foundation

Principal Investigator: X. Ji (Tsinghua University)

Co-Investigators: C. Molina Hutt and K. Ikago (Tohoku University)

2019-2022

Seismic risk modelling of hospital infrastructure in the Lower Mainland.

Funding: MITACS Accelerate with Bush, Bohlman & Partners

Principal Investigator: C. Molina Hutt

2019-2020

Enhancing model suitability analysis in catastrophe modelling.

Funding: MITACS Accelerate with Guy Carpenter

Principal Investigator: C. Molina Hutt

2019-2020

University of British Columbia and University of Washington cross border collaborations in earthquake engineering. 

Funding: Cascadia Engagement Fund

Principal Investigator: C. Molina Hutt

Co-Investigators: N. Marafi, M. Eberhard and J. Berman (University of Washington)

2018-2019

Seismic assessment, retrofit strategies and policy implications for vulnerable existing steel buildings.

Funding: US National Institute of Standards and Technology, Disaster Resilience Research Grant Program

Principal Investigator: G. Deierlein (Stanford University)

Co-Investigator: C. Molina Hutt

2018-2022

 

Consulting Projects

Applied Technology Council San Francisco Tall Buildings Study.

Applied Technology Council, Redwood City, CA.

C. Molina Hutt was a specialist consultant on a project for San Francisco’s Office of Resilience and Capital Planning (City and County of San Francisco).

2018

United States Geological Survey: Haywired Earthquake Scenario.

Arup, San Francisco, CA.

C. Molina Hutt was a specialist consultant on a project for the United States Geological Survey: Haywired Scenario - Tall Building Performance Study.

2017

Seismic Vulnerability of Pre-Northridge Tall Steel Moment Resisting Frames.

Risk Management Solutions, Newark, CA.

C. Molina Hutt was a specialist consultant supporting Risk Management Solution’s update to their North America Seismic Vulnerability Module with a focus on Pre-Northridge Tall Steel Moment Resisting Frames.

2016

Save the Children’s Safer School Construction Program.

Save the Children, Haiti.

C. Molina Hutt was a specialist consultant supporting the assessment of Save the Children’s Safer School Construction Program in Haiti.

2014

 

Post-Earthquake Disaster Response & Reconnaissance

United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team - Mexico 2017.

Structural Engineering Expert, United Nations.

C. Molina Hutt was a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team following the M7.1 earthquake on 19 September 2017.

2017

European Union Civil Protection Team - Ecuador 2016.

Structural Engineering Expert, European Union.

C. Molina Hutt was a member of the European Union Civil Protection Team (EUCPT) deployed to Ecuador following the M7.8 Earthquake on 16 April 2016.

2016

Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team - Ecuador 2016.

Institution of Structural Engineers. 

C. Molina Hutt assisted in the organization of a reconnaissance mission to study the Muisne, Ecuador Earthquake of 16 April 2016

2016

Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team - Tohoku 2011.

Institution of Structural Engineers. 

C. Molina Hutt participated in a reconnaissance Mission to study the recovery two years after the Mw9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11th March 2011. 

2013