But the symposium has provoked some controversy among other structural engineers who say the event is being cosponsored by companies — Miyamoto, a structural engineering company with offices on the West Coast and in Tokyo, and Sun Valley-based Tower General Contractors — with a financial interest in drumming up more business for seismic retrofit contracts. (The third cosponsor is UCLA's George E. Brown Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation; all three entities worked on the LAX renovation project.)
Wow, this is interesting. Heaton and Yanev are great thinkers, and it doesn't look like money is driving them. I thought that some of the buildings in Chile look like they got hit with a high-velocity fling. They are probably also raising the issue of 'clean punch' M7's. Of course, this is exactly the same attitude one would get from the old engineers if you were dumb enough to say there is a problem in Toronto!