Rapid Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability

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by Charles Scawthorn, Dames & Moore, San Francisco, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Techniques for Rapid Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability:

Abstract: The choice of a seismic damage assessment method depends fundamentally on how the assessment will be used, but always involves definition of the expected ground motion and the structure and value at risk. The crux of the problem however is the assessment of the seismic vulnerability, or the conditional damage given the seismic hazard. When a rapid assessment of seismic vulnerability is required, resort must be made to one of several available methods, including (i) judgement by an experienced engineer, (ii) consideration of relevant design codes, (iii) use of empirical relationships, and/or (iv) simplified analytical methods. This paper provides an overview of these methods and outlines the requirements for an advanced analytical method, which is feasible with present knowledge and technology.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Seismic loads | Damage (structural) | Risk management | Ground motion | Earthquake resistant structures |

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