ATC Methodology and Data for Rapid Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability

by Christopher Rojahn, Applied Technology Council, Redwood, City, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Techniques for Rapid Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability


Recently developed Applied Technology Council (ATC) methodology and data provide a technical basis for rapid assessment of structure seismic vulnerability. Methodology developed under the National Science Foundation-sponsored ATC-14 project provides a basis for rapid assessment of individual buildings. This methodology includes: (1) procedures for estimating expected seismic loading on a site-specific basis; (2) a building classification system that allows the user to classify existing buildings into one of 15 model building types; (3) comprehensive lists of characteristics that make buildings vulnerable to seismic damage; and (4) procedures for detailed evaluation of buildings having such characteristics. The ATC-14 methodology, which considers 98 different building types prevalent in U. S. construction, is applicable nationwide.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Seismic loads | Dynamic structural analysis | Building systems | Risk management | Computer analysis

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