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A symposium on Emerging Developments in Multi-Hazard Engineering, organized jointly by MCEER, headquartered at the University at Buffalo, and the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), will be held Sept. 18, 2007, at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York City.

Multi-hazard engineering is a new field that aims to provide an integrated and cost-effective approach to addressing the numerous potential threats that can impact the built environment. The goal is to develop ways to protect communities from a variety of hazards at one cost, instead of using different solutions for each hazard.

To address the complications that arise from events where multiple hazards occur, the symposium will consider multi-hazard engineering from the perspectives of risk, reliability, design, analysis, cost-benefit, life-cycle costs, and structural health monitoring. Blast, earthquake, wind, flood, and wave surge will be among the specific hazards discussed.

The early registration deadline is Sept. 4. Obtain more information and register online at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/meetings/aei/default.asp.