An interview with Karl Steinbrugge

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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For thirty years the name of Karl V. Steinbrugge has been synonymous with the Insurance Services Office in San Francisco. There he was in charge of their earthquake engineering and research activities for the United States, and his work included detailed engineering investigations of the probable earthquake damage to structures as well as studies of actual earthquake effects. trained as a civil and structural engineer, Steinbrugge was on faculty of the University of California at Berkeley for 28 years, retiring as a Professor of Structural Design.

He has served on numerous national and international committees on earthquake hazards, and he is now a consulting structural engineer, specializing in earthquake hazard evaluation. At the present moment he is chairman of an independent panel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is reviewing the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Henry Spall recently asked Steinbrugge some questions about his long career. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title An interview with Karl Steinbrugge
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 17
Issue 4
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 14 p.
First page 134
Last page 147
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