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PhD Graduation Commencement 2024

Nanda participated in UC Berkeley’s Ph.D. commencement 2024 last Saturday, May 18th. The memorable occasion was captured in photos, including the hooding session by Prof. Kenichi Soga and a moment with Berkeley Geosystems Engineering faculty and other Ph.D. graduates. A few SRG folks also celebrated the moments together with Nanda.  Upon graduation from CEE, Nanda recently accepted a postdoctoral position in the Department of Mechanical… Read More »PhD Graduation Commencement 2024

Group Dinner

The SRG recently gathered for a special dinner to welcome Gersena into the team! It was a wonderful evening of good company and great conversation. Welcome aboard, Gersena! We’re excited to have you with us.

CEC awards $3 million to integrate advanced technologies for enhanced risk assessment

A UC Berkeley engineering research team, led by Professor Kenichi Soga, was recently granted$3 million by the California Energy Commission to enhance the seismic risk assessment ofnatural gas storage and pipeline infrastructure. Over a 3 year period, the team will employ anovel blend of remote and embedded sensing technology alongside advanced datamanagement and analysis techniques for continuous monitoring of gas infrastructure. Thesemethods will be integrated… Read More »CEC awards $3 million to integrate advanced technologies for enhanced risk assessment

Kenichi Soga Announced as 63rd Rankine Lecturer

On March 13, 2024, the British Geotechnical Association (BGA) announced that our very own Professor Kenichi Soga will be delivering the 63rd Rankine Lecture in March 2025 at Imperial College London. The Rankine Lecture is renowned as one of the most prestigious invited lectures in the field of geotechnics. You can delve deeper into this exciting news by reading an insightful interview with Kenichi, recently… Read More »Kenichi Soga Announced as 63rd Rankine Lecturer

How three UC campuses are phasing out fossil fuels

The plume of steam from UC Berkeley’s natural gas-fired power plant is a familiar sight on the skyline of San Francisco’s East Bay. But the facility’s days are numbered: The campus is on track to switch to an electrical heating system by 2028. As each UC campus prepares to publish its long-term plan for eliminating carbon emissions and transitioning to renewable energy, hear from sustainability… Read More »How three UC campuses are phasing out fossil fuels

SCC Project’s Recent Workshop and Ongoing Initiatives in Alameda County

In a recent milestone event, National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) Project team invited community members in Alameda County to the 2nd Alameda Community Meeting on January 12, 2024. The workshop, graciously hosted by the Head-Royce School in Oakland, shared updates on the SCC Project’s diverse endeavors. The gathering delved into progress updates on organizational networks research, digital twin development, and the exploration of… Read More »SCC Project’s Recent Workshop and Ongoing Initiatives in Alameda County

Gas well shearing experiment using fiber optic sensing

Seismic events, such as earthquakes, have the potential to induce ground movements that can adversely affect the structural integrity of gas well casings, thereby leading to the occurrence of gas leakage. An experimental investigation conducted in November 2023 aimed to explore the feasibility of employing fiber optic sensing technology for real-time monitoring of gas well conditions during seismic activities, particularly instances of significant fault movements.… Read More »Gas well shearing experiment using fiber optic sensing

Paper: Modeling large-deformation features of the Lower San Fernando Dam failure with the Material Point Method

The Soga Research Group and collaborators have published a new paper in the journal Computers and Geotechnics: “Modeling large-deformation features of the Lower San Fernando Dam failure with the Material Point Method”, authored by Lauren Talbot, Joel Given, former SRG member Dr. Ezra Tjung, Dr. Yong Liang of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Dr. Khaled Chowdhury of USACE, Prof. Raymond Seed, and Prof. Kenichi Soga. The paper focuses on… Read More »Paper: Modeling large-deformation features of the Lower San Fernando Dam failure with the Material Point Method

A new article in IJDRR on post-earthquake resilience assessment of regional transportation networks

Our group, together with collaborators from UCLA, published a paper in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction last December 2023 entitled “A granular framework for modeling the capacity loss and recovery of regional transportation networks under seismic hazards: a case study on the Port of Los Angeles”. The paper is authored by PhD candidate Michael Virtucio, Dr. Barbaros Cetiner, Dr. Bingyu Zhao, Prof. Kenichi… Read More »A new article in IJDRR on post-earthquake resilience assessment of regional transportation networks

Visit by state assembly members Buffy Wicks, Pilar Schiavo, and Juan Alanis

The Center for Smart Infrastructure (CSI) recently hosted a visit by State Assembly Members Buffy Wicks, Pilar Schiavo, and Juan Alanis. During the visit, CSI provided an overview of its ongoing initiatives related to water infrastructure, natural disasters, and wildfire evacuation, and discussed the issues that the state is currently facing in these areas. The highlight of the event was a large-scale 4-point bending testing… Read More »Visit by state assembly members Buffy Wicks, Pilar Schiavo, and Juan Alanis