ATC 14: A Methodology for the Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings

by Chris D. Poland, H.J. Degenkolb Associates, United States,
James O. Malley, H.J. Degenkolb Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


A new method for evaluating the seismic resistance of existing buildings has been developed based on the historic performance of buildings in past major earthquakes. This methodology identifies the specific 'weak links' in a building that can cause life-threatening damage while taking into account the strength of all lateral force resisting elements regardless of their conformance to current code standards. It is expected that this methodology will draw some consistency to the evaluation process.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Existing buildings | Earthquake resistant structures | Lateral forces | Earthquakes | Seismic design | Historic buildings

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