Evaluating the Seismic Capacity of a Newly Designed Wharf at the Port of Oakland

by Shah Vahdani, John Egan, Robert Pyke, Chih-Cheng Ching, Tom LaBasco, and Tom Griswold
Presented by Erik Soderberg at the Ports 2007 Conference

This presentation discusses the findings of a seismic capacity study of a recently designed and constructed wharf (Berth 59) at the Port of Oakland (Port).

This study was conducted to evaluate the reserved capacity of the wharf to resist structural collapse during a major seismic event in the Bay Area, California. The wharf was designed according to the Port’s seismic design requirements.