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ASCE's '06 Centennial Presentation to High Schools and Middle Schools

American Society of Civil Engineers

The San Francisco Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was formed in 1905, and in April 1906 and the ensuing months, very important aid was rendered by members of the Society in emergency restoration of the water supply, lighting and transportation. The earthquake also allowed the Society to conduct "a study of the earthquake effects, as showing needed improvements in the design of engineering works."

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, civil engineers from our ASCE membership are available to middle schools and high schools to provide an approximately 40-minute interactive presentation.

The presentation discusses and demonstrates the historical significance of the 1906 earthquake and the earthquake's effect on infrastructure and buildings, other hazards addressed by civil engineers in designing new and retrofit structures, improvements to building and infrastructure safety over the last 100 years, and the role that inviduals can play in damage prevention and emergency preparedness.

A "presentation kit" and presenters from the civil engineering field are available for a 6th through 12th grade audience.

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March 20, 2006 through June 2006


Schools throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.


Presentation focuses on the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and earthquake hazard mitigation, specifically from the perspective of a civil engineer.


Middle schools and high schools. Not open to the general public.

Volunteer Opportunities

Presenters with civil engineering knowledge


Deron van Hoff, (415) 981-9950

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