Seismic Vulnerability and Retrofitting of Buildings. Recent Experiences in Mexico City

by Roberto Meli, Natl Univ of Mexico, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


Measures taken in Mexico City after the 1985 earthquake to evaluate the safety of existing buildings, to strengthen damaged structures and to retrofit those that were considered to need additional seismic capacity are briefly described. Lessons from recent major events that provided basic guidance for the procedures adopted are discussed. The most important aspects of the evaluation methods and the strengthening procedures are presented.

Subject Headings: Structural strength | Failure analysis | Structural safety | Earthquake resistant structures | Existing buildings | Damage (structural) | Load and resistance factor design | Earthquakes | Mexico City | Mexico

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