Tours and Optional Events

NHERI RAPID Facility Field Instrumentation Training Workshop

June 27, 2022
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance (RAPID) Facility will hold a one-day hands-on training workshop on June 27, 2022, immediately prior to the opening of the 12th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. The workshop is aimed at earthquake engineering researchers and practitioners who want to learn the fundamentals of laser (lidar) scanning and data processing, and field data collection and analysis using the mobile IOS application RApp (an Android version of RApp will also be available soon). The workshop venue, on the campus of the University of Utah, is located within a short walk of a TRAX light rail station and is about 20 minutes travel time from the 12th NCEE conference facilities. The workshop is free, but enrollment is limited.

For more information (including details of the training, workshop schedule, instructors, and other details) and to register to participate, visit the workshop registration page here.


Utah State Capitol and State EOC Tour
utahstatecapitolMonday, June 27, 2022, 1:00-3:00 PM
Price: $30 per ticket (includes bus)
Limit: 45 attendees
Meeting Spot: Salt Palace Convention Center

Join us as we visit the base isolated Utah State Capitol building and the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at the Capitol. The Utah State Capitol building was base-isolated as part of a large renovation project from 2004 to 2008. The building now sits on 265 base isolators and allows for movement of 24 inches in any direction. The tour will include a presentation by Reaveley Engineers discussing the efforts taken to install the isolators. The tour will also include a tour of the state EOC. Participants will also be able to view many works of art and history in the large rotunda and other areas of the Capitol. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.

Meet the Leaders Networking Event - Hosted by the EERI Younger Members Committee
Monday, June 27, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM
Price: Free for EERI Student and Young Professional Members
Sponsor: Computers and Structures, Inc.
Meeting Spot: Meeting room at the Salt Palace Convention Center will be announced at a later date.

This event aims to connect student and early-career attendees to leaders in the field in a relaxed setting. Participants will network in small groups with opportunities to meet various leaders throughout the event.

Salt Lake Temple Base-Isolation Project & Conference Center Tour
saltlaketempleMonday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (tour is the same each day)
Price: $30 per ticket (includes bus transportation to the Temple)
In-kind Support: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Limit: 45 attendees (per tour)
Meeting Spot: Salt Palace Convention Center

The construction of the iconic Salt Lake Temple commenced in 1853 and was completed in 1893. In January of 2020, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began a massive renovation of this historic structure located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. A significantly challenging portion of the project involves the process of installing 98 base isolators to support the temple and provide protection from small and large earthquake shaking. The project also includes a three-level addition below a landscaped plaza.

The tour will include a presentation discussing the overall project and engineering aspects of the project. The presentation will discuss the numerous steps of the lengthy process to install the base isolators including reinforcing and consolidating the existing stone foundation, shoring the temple to excavate for the new footings, transfer beams, load transfer, and post-tensioning. The presentation will be given in the Conference Center, which includes a large 21,000 seat auditorium with a roof-top garden supported by steel trusses spanning up to 280 feet. The tour will include a walk through portions of the building, ending at the roof-top garden, which overlooks the temple construction project. The tour will not go into the construction site, but the project will be visible from the roof of the Conference Center, and from viewing windows on the east and west side of the project. Representatives from the Church and Forell/Elsesser will be available at the roof overlook at the conclusion of the tour for questions.

A bus will transport participants to the Conference Center, and participants will walk at their leisure back to the Salt Palace (2 ½ blocks). 

Building an Inclusive Community in EERI: Networking Event
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Price: Free, all conference attendees are welcome
Sponsors: Oregon State University
Meeting Spot: Meeting room at the Salt Palace Convention Center will be announced at a later date.

As a leader in connecting professionals from the diverse array of disciplines associated with seismic risk reduction, EERI aims to build an inclusive community among its members, including underrepresented groups, people of color, people of the LGBTQIA+ community, and women. Enjoy appetizers and drinks while you expand your network and learn more about hazard mitigation and engineering organizations promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. All conference attendees are welcome to join.

Salt Lake City Historic Buildings Tour
riograndedepotFriday, July 1, 2022, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Price: $40 per ticket (includes bus, water, and light snack)
Limit: 45 attendees
Meeting Spot: To be determined closer to the tour date. Details will also be provided to attendees prior to the start of the conference.

Join us as we explore historic buildings and their seismic challenges and upgrades in downtown Salt Lake City, along historic South Temple Street, and at the University of Utah. The tour will include viewing many of the original mansions built by various magnates in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We will stop at the Rio Grande Depot, which was damaged by the March 2020 Magna Earthquake and is undergoing seismic rehabilitation. We will also stop at the Salt Lake City & County Building, which is distinguished as the first historic building in the world to be base-isolated. Along the way, we will drive by many other historic buildings, including the venerable Salt Lake Temple, the Utah State Capitol, the Cathedral of the Madeleine, and the Utah Governor’s Mansion. The tour will conclude with a stop at the historic Presidents’ Circle at the University of Utah and tour of the Crocker Science Center, which was repurposed from the original University library and included a comprehensive seismic upgrade. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.

Geology of the Wasatch Mountains from Valley to Peaks Tour
geology tour snowbirdFriday, July 1, 2022, 1:00-6:00 PM
Price: $80 per ticket (includes bus, tram ticket, water, and light snack)
In-Kind Support: Utah Geological Survey
Limit: 45 attendees
Meeting Spot: To be determined closer to the tour date. Details will also be provided to attendees prior to the start of the conference.

The Wasatch Mountains from Valley to Peaks tour will go back through the geologic history of the Wasatch mountains, from the active Wasatch Fault zone in Salt Lake valley to the top of the Wasatch Mountains at Hidden Peak. Participants will learn about the recent geologic past, including a close look at the pluvial lake cycles that create distinct shorelines around the Salt Lake Valley, glacial deposits faulted by the Wasatch fault zone, as well as look at rocks at the crest of the mountain range from ancient inland seas and volcanic intrusions. Participants can expect an outdoor tour, with some standing and walking around on uneven ground, and a 10 minute aerial tram ride each way between the Snowbird Mountain Resort (elevation: 8,100 ft) and Hidden Peak (elevation: 11,000 ft). 

Note: Attendees should plan on being outside for an hour or more. Prepare for sun exposure and the hot Utah summer heat. Snowbird is also at high elevation, which some folks might not be accustomed to.

Tabernacle Choir Rehearsal and Daily Organ Rehearsals
tabernaclechoirThursday, June 30, 2022, 7:00-9:00 PM
Price: Free, no registration required
Meeting Spot: Attendees should make their own way to the Conference Center building just north of Temple Square.

This is not an organized tour, but an opportunity to attend a rehearsal of the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The public is welcome to attend, and visitors may come and go as desired. Following the rehearsal, engineers will be available to discuss the seismic retrofit of the Tabernacle building. More information about the choir and the exact location of the rehearsal is available on the choir’s website.

Daily 30 minute organ recitals by organists from the Tabernacle Choir are held in the Tabernacle at noon and at the Conference Center at 2:00 PM: Occurring daily Monday through Saturday.

Enter the Tabernacle from Door 11, located on the east end of the building.

Enter the Conference Center from Door 15, just west of the intersection of North Temple and Main Street.

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