Rebuilding Mexico City

by Virginia Fairweather, Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 1, Pg. 36-37

Document Type: Feature article


After the September 19, 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, officials had to cope with a massive volunteer effort to inspect damaged and destroyed structures. Over a thousand engineers, contractors, architects, and students offered to aid the city officials. A special licensing program was set up for those who prepare rehabilitation reports, and a procedure for subsequent inspection was set up within one month. Codes are being revised and a new seismic code is due in the fall of 1986. Construction methods will likely be changed for new structures. Scientists are collecting data on local soil conditions and will construct a mathematical model for computer simulations of earthquake response and projected performance of structures.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Developing countries | Earthquakes | Standards and codes | Earthquake resistant structures | Volunteerism | Damage (structural) | Contractors and subcontractors | Mexico City | Mexico

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