Techniques for Rapid Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability

by Charles Scawthorn, (M.ASCE), Engr.; Dames & Moore, 500 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-552-5 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-552-4 (ISBN-10), 1986, Soft Cover, Pg. 116
13.1 x 21.4 cm
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Conference information: A Session at Structures Congress '86 | New Orleans, Louisiana, United States | September 15-18, 1986

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Under the impetus of a growing awareness of seismic hazards, there is an increasing effort being devoted to assessing the seismic vulnerability of existing buildings. For many professionals involved in performing these assessments, a several phased approach is involved, in the first stage of which is a preliminary screening, or rapid assessment, of seismic vulnerability, often of large numbers of buildings. Methods and criteria for conducting these rapid assessments are not clear. The six papers in this book provide an overview of existing methods available to the practitioner for rapid and cost-effective assessment of the seismic vulnerability of a building. Several of the techniques presented involve use of microcomputers. Requirements for future advanced analytical methods, and the feasibility of attaining these developments in the near term, are discussed. The papers were presented at the session on Techniques for Rapid Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability, held during the Structures '86 Congress in New Orleans.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Existing buildings | Geohazards | Construction methods | Financial management | Computers | Feasibility studies | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States


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