Reid Zimmerman PE, SE

Technical Director

Portland, OR

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    Background

    Reid has focused his career on the seismic design and rehabilitation of buildings and bridges in regions of high seismicity. He seeks to maximize value by utilizing emerging techniques and innovative technologies, such as performance-based design, nonlinear response history analysis, seismic isolation, energy dissipation, mass timber, and re-centering systems. Before joining KPFF Portland in 2013, Reid worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since joining KPFF, Reid has been instrumental in nurturing KPFF's performance-based design and advanced analysis capabilities and leads in-house applied research projects (e.g., project specific experimental testing in collaboration with universities). Outside of the office, he is an active member of the code development committees for ASCE 7 and ASCE 41 and has been published in journals ranging from Earthquake Spectra to Structure Magazine.

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    Education

    Masters of Science, Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials, University of California Berkeley 
    Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Berkeley
    Associate of Arts, Peninsula College

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    Project Experience

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    Licenses

    Registered Structural Engineer: OR, CA
    Registered Civil Engineer: OR, CA
    Safety Assessment Program (SAP)/ATC-20, California Emergency Management Agency
    Certified Rating Professional, United States Resiliency Council (USRC)

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    Affiliations

    Structural Engineering Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers 
    Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
    Structural Engineers Association of Oregon - Seismic Committee (chair), Vintage Buildings Committee, and Structural Engineering Emergency Response Committee
     

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    Blog Posts

    June 30, 2015
    Acceptable Collapse?

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