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Renowned Earthquake Expert Dr. Lucy Jones Joins SAFEq Institute’s Advisory Board


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_r0d2841Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2016  ̶̶  Dr. Lucy Jones has been a seismologist with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983. She recently retired from the USGS after 33 years of federal service. Dr. Jones now plans to help officials develop science-based policies related to earthquakes, climate change, tsunamis and other natural disasters through the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. Dr. Jones brings her vast expertise to SAFEq Institute’s Advisory Board. “SAFEq Institute is extremely proud to have Lucy join our Board of Advisors. She brings a new perspective to our organization based on her work at USGS and the City of Los Angeles, as well as her experience successfully communicating scientific information to the public in ways that can be understood by all.” – SAFEq Institute Managing Director, David Cocke, S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE

In 2014, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Science Advisor for Seismic Safety, Dr. Jones led the Mayoral Seismic Safety Task Force in a year-long study of seismic risk in Los Angeles, resulting in the Mayor’s Resilience by Design report. The report included the basis for the recent Los Angeles’ seismic retrofit ordinances as well as a plan for a building occupancy resumption program (BORP) for the city. Dr. Jones has authored over 100 papers on research seismology with a primary focus on earthquake statistics and integrated disaster scenarios, especially in Southern California. Her work included leading the science projects that created the statewide ShakeOut Earthquake and ArkStorm Scenarios as well as the Great ShakeOut Drill.

Improving Community Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships: The BORP Strategy

Structural Focus President and SAFEq Institute Managing Director, David Cocke, S.E., F. SEI, F. presented Improving Community Resilience Through Public-Private Partnerships: The BORP Strategy during the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) Global Conference held in Long Beach, California on September 28, 2015. The International Code Council is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.


David Cocke, S.E., F. SEI, F. ASCE, founded Structural Focus in Los Angeles in 2001 after 20 years at a previous firm in California. He is a registered structural engineer in a dozen states and has an expertise in seismic evaluation, historic preservation, retrofit design and new structural design. Some of David’s more notable projects include the Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, the Google Los Angeles headquarters, Red Bull North America headquarters, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple restoration in Los Angeles, multiple buildings at Dreamworks, Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures, and many others. In 2013, David co-founded and is the Managing Director of SAFEq Institute which serves as a resource for post-disaster inspections information and provides direct consulting services to government entities and business owners. He believes that preplanning and partnerships with Cities can greatly reduce business interruption after an earthquake or other disasters. That belief was the driving idea behind co-founding SAFEq Institute. David currently serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Governors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Structural Engineers Institute respectively and has served on numerous Boards for the Structural Engineers Association in California, and on the Board of numerous preservation organizations.

Download the presentation here.