Kevin W. Franke

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering & UAV applications to Civil Engineering
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2011.
Contact Info - Office: 
368P Clyde Building
(801) 422-1349
kfranke@et.byu.edu

PBLiquefY Beta Spreadsheet

Kevin W. Franke
Assistant Professor

Education

Brigham Young University PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2011.
University of Washington MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering 2005.
Utah State University BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, BYU, (2012 - present)
  • Staff/Project Geotechnical Engineer, URS Corporation, (2011-2012)
  • Staff Geotechnical Engineer, Kleinfelder, Inc., (2006-2011)

Professional Development

  • USF/Kansas State NSF CAREER Workshop 2013, Tampa, FL; April 2013.
  • ASCE Geo-Congress 2013, San Diego, CA; March 2013.
  • 2013 EERI Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA; February 2013.
  • 6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy; July 2012
  • International Conference on Earthquake Engineering Research Challenges in the 21st Century, Harbin, China; May 2012.
  • ASCE Geo-Congress 2012, Oakland; March 2012
  • BYU Seminar on Ground Improvement in Honor of Wally Baker, Provo; February 2012
  • EERI Annual Meeting, San Francisco; 2010
  • EERI Short Course on Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Structures, Salt Lake City; 2010
  • Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Denver; 2010
  • EERI Short Course on Next Generation Attenuation Relationships, taught by Charlie Kircher, Nico Luco, Youssef Bozorgnia, Ivan Wong, and Norm Abrahamson, Salt Lake City; 2009
  • EERI Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City; 2009
  • HAZ42 and PSHA Short Course, taught by Dr. Norm Abrahamson, Oakland, CA; 2009
  • OpenSees Short Course, taught by Prof. Ahmed Elgamal, San Diego, CA; 2009
  • Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Denver, CO; 2009
  • SHAKE2000 and DMOD-2000 Short Course, taught by Gus Ordonez and Neven Matasovic, Portland, OR; 2008
  • Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Denver, CO; 2008
  • Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Denver, CO; 2007
  • Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Los Angeles, CA; 2006

Principal Publications in the Last Five Years

  • Gingery, J.R., Franke, K.W., Meneses, J.M., and Zafir, Z. (in press). North Torrey Pines Bridge Seismic Retrofit: Part I: Seismic Hazard and Geotechnical Design. Accepted for publication on April 7, 2014 for publication in Earthquake Spectra, EERI.
  • Franke, K.W., Mayfield, R.T., and Wright, A.D.* (in press). A Simplified Uniform Hazard Liquefaction Analysis Procedure for Bridges. Accepted in February, 2014 for publication in the Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.
  • Franke, K.W., Wright, A.D.*, and Ekstrom, L.T.* (2014). A Comparative Study between Two Performance-Based Liquefaction Triggering Models for the Standard Penetration Test. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 140(5), ISSN 1090-0241/04014010(12).
  • Franke, K.W. and Kramer, S.L. (2014). A Procedure for the Empirical Evaluation of Lateral Spread Displacement Hazard Curves. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 140(1), 110-120.
  • Franke, K.W. and Rollins, K.M. (2013). A Simplified Hybrid P-Y Model for Liquefied Soils. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 139(4), 564-576.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Franke, K.W., Lingwall, B.N., and Youd, T.L. (2014). The Sensitivity of Empirical Liquefaction Assessment to Input Seismic Loading in Areas of Low Seismicity and Its Implications for Sustainability. Paper No. 743, GeoCongress 2014: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Atlanta, GA, February 2014. (One of seven total papers recommended for an ASCE award)
  • Franke, K.W., Wright, A.D.*, and Hatch, C.K.* (2014). PBLiquefY: A New Analysis Tool for the Performance-Based Evaluation of Liquefaction Triggering. Accepted for publication in the proceedings of the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, EERI, Anchorage, AK, July 2014.
  • Franke, K.W. and Wright, A.D.* (2013). An Alternative Performance-Based Liquefaction Initiation Procedure for the Standard Penetration Test. Paper No. 79, GeoCongress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, San Diego, CA; March 2013.
  • Franke, K.W. and Rollins, K.M. (2012). The Performance-Based Evaluation of Kinematic Pile Response Due to Lateral Spread at an Historic Bridge in Costa Rica. 6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy; July 8-12, 2012.
  • Franke, K.W. (2012). Performance-Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering in the 21st Century. International Conference on Earthquake Engineering Research Challenges in the 21st Century, Harbin, China; May 19-21, 2012.
  • Meneses, J.F., Franke, K.W., Cox, B.R., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Wartman, J. (2009). Performance-Based Evaluation of a Massive Liquefaction-Induced Lateral Spread in a Subduction Zone.  The International Conference on Performance-Based Design in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Paper No. 313, Tokyo, Japan; June 15-19, 2009.
  • Gingery, J.R., Meneses, J.F., Franke, K.W., and Zafir, Z. (2009). Seismic Retrofit of an Historic Bridge. The International Conference on Performance-Based Design in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Paper No. 237, Tokyo, Japan; June 15-19, 2009.
  • Kramer, S.K., Franke, K.W., Huang, Y.M., and Baska, D. (2007). Performance-Based Evaluation of Lateral Spreading Displacement. 4th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering; Thessaloniki, Greece; June 2007.

Other Professional Publications

  • Franke, K.W. (2010). Understanding Changes in Computing Ground Motions in IBC 2012. SEAU Newsletter, February 2011.
  • Franke, K.W. (2009). Q&A Regarding Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Analysis. SEAU Newsletter, February 2009.

Professional Affiliations

  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), 2008-present
  • Seismological Society of America (SSA), 2012-2013
  • Geo-Engineering Earthquake Reconnaissance (GEER), 2008-present
  • Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU), 2008-present
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2006-present
  • The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), 2005-2011

Honors and Awards

  • Selected Delegate for the United States, 2nd US-PRC Young Researchers’ Forum for Earthquake Engineering, Harbin, China, May 2012
  • EERI/FEMA Graduate Fellow, 2011-2012
  • URS Outstanding Achievement Award, October 2011
  • Best Presentation Award, Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Denver, CO; February, 2010
  • Best Quality in Presentation Award, Kleinfelder Technical Seminar, Denver, CO; February, 2008
  • 1st Place, 22nd Annual Kleinfelder Soil Classification Competition, 2008
  • 1st Place, 20th Annual Kleinfelder Soil Classification Competition, 2006

Institutional and Professional Service in the Last Five Years

  • Secretary/Treasurer Elect, Utah professional chapter of EERI, January 2014 to January 2015.
  • Technical Chair and Lead Organizer, Liquefaction Instructional Workshop with guest Prof. Liam Finn, to be held in April 2014, sponsored by Utah professional chapter of EERI.
  • Paper Reviewer, Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, Springer, 2013-present.
  • Paper Reviewer, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, NRC, 2012-present.
  • Co-Chair, Geo-Congress 2013, Session 13: Design, Analysis, and Performance of Soil Slopes. San Diego, CA, March 2013
  • Co-General Reporter, Conference to Commemorate the Legacy of Ralph B. Peck, 7th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering and Symposium in Honor of Clyde Baker, Session 4a: Case Histories on Failure and Remediation of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Including Landslides; Lessons Learned from Pico-Peru 2007, L’Aquila-Italy 2009, Honduras 2009, American Samoa 2009, Haiti 2010, Chile 2010, Baja CA 2010, New Zealand 2010 and 2011, Tohoku Japan 2011 and other Recent Earthquakes; Reports on Recent Earthquakes. Wheeling, IL, May 2013.
  • Volunteer educational outreach to advanced Math/Science high school students at American Heritage Academy, American Fork, UT, October 19, 2012.
  • Paper Reviewer, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, 2012-present.
  • Paper Reviewer, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 2012-present.
  • Member, ASCE Geo-Institute Student and Younger Members Committee, 2010-present
  • Appointee, ASCE Geo-Institute Student Presidential Advisory Group, 2009-2010
  • Paper Reviewer, Earthquake Spectra, EERI, 2009-present
  • Member, Utah Liquefaction Advisory Group, 2009-present
  • Member, SEAU Seismic Committee, 2008-present
  • Volunteer Consultant, Utah Seismic Safety Commission, 2008-present