12th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Improving Seismic Infrastructure Performance and Community Resilience
The 12th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering (CCEE 2019) was held in Quebec City from June 17 to June 20, 2019 at the Hotel Château Fairmont Frontenac. The 4 day-conference was a great success from all standpoints with 454 registered attendees from 18 countries -the largest attendance of any previous CCEE conference- and the exceptional venue of the patrimonial Château Frontenac and the typical European ambiance of the old town of Quebec City, registered by the UNESCO in the prestigious list of the World Heritage Sites.
The conference started on Monday June 17, 2019 with an engineers-oriented 1-day workshop entitled “Performance Based Design and seismic updates in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code 2019 (CHBDC)”. The workshop was very appreciated by the 70 registered attendees, who have been fed by the knowledge and experience of the 5 lecturers in seismic structural and geotechnical engineering and in seismology: Don Kennedy (workshop main organizer), Denis Mitchell, John Adams, Paul Wilson and Robert Tremblay.
The main program of the conference was held on three days starting on Tuesday, June 18 with the Welcoming words of the CCEE 2019 chair, Patrick Paultre, and of the CAEE president, Carlos Ventura. During the conference, 4 plenary sessions were organized. Three of them were dedicated to the invited speakers: Gian Michele Calvi (IUSS Pavia, Italy, Re-Visiting Earthquake Resistant Design ), Gregory MacRae (U. of Canterbury, New Zealand, Recovery after the Canterbury Earthquakes) and Carlos Ventura (U. of British Columbia, Subduction Ground Motions Characterization and Their Relation to Potential Structural Damage). The last plenary session was held at the end of the conference about the The New Champlain Bridge Seismic Hazard, Analysis, and Design (Marwan Nader and Guy Mailhot). Overall 240 technical presentations were given by the attendees during the plenary sessions running in parallel in 6 different rooms, and 30 technical posters were presented by the CEISCE students in the exhibition rooms.
The three social events organized during the conference were highly memorable moments. The first day of the conference (Monday, June 17) ended with the traditional Welcome reception where around 120 attendees participated. The second day (Tuesday, June 18) ended with the CEISCE poster session with votes from all attendees to award the best three students. Congratulation to Rocio Lilen Segura (U. of Sherbrooke, 1st position), Mohammad Sohayeb Akiel (McGill, 2nd position) and David Gauthier (U. Sherbrooke, 3rd position) for the award that they received during the closing ceremony. The evening of Wednesday, June 19 was the summit of CCEE 2019 with the traditional banquet reception held in the Ballroom of the Château Frontenac with 270 attendees and the exceptional musical theater show Masques et Bergamasques performed by artists from Quebec. The newly elected CAEE board for the next four years was presented during the banquet, lead by the new president Sharlie Huffman. Finally, an interesting technical tour was offered to the attendees the day after the conference closure (Friday, June 21). Attendees were taken by bus to Montreal to have a cruise around the New Champlain Bridge, an impressive bridge made of several continuous girder spans with a limited number of joints and with a cable-stayed central span, which was intended to open to public a few days later.
The CCEE 2019 Organizing Committee wish to thank warmly the 10 partners of the conference, including the Gold partner MTS, the 9 additional exhibitors, and the cooperating organizations CEISCE, FRQNT and of course the CAEE. The 12th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering would not have been such a successful event without these organizations and without the high professionalism of the staff of the organizing partner Conferium in Quebec City.