Basic Design Criteria of the Recommended Lateral Force Requirements and Commentary

Ad Hoc Committee on Direction Study of the Joint SEAOC-ASCE Committee on Seismic Forces of the Committee on Dynamic Forces of the Structural Division, ASCE

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 9, Pg. 1913-1922

Document Type: Journal Paper


The review by the Ad Hoc Committee is limited, as charged, to basic principles. The committee recommends that paid consultants, knowledgeable and expert in structural engineering, in earthquake engineering and in structural dynamics, and knowing the practical elements that enter into structural design from the point of view of practicing engineers, be retained on a reimbursable basis to formulate the code and write the Commentary. The several good parts of the present code should be retained and the other parts replaced by practical provisions based upon current knowledge and technology.

Subject Headings: Lateral forces | Consulting services | Standards and codes | Earthquakes | Structural dynamics | Structural members | Seismic design | High-rise buildings

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