Overview of Published Documents for the Evaluation of Existing Buildings

by Sigmund A. Freeman, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


Presently, the most common procedure used by engineers to evaluate existing buildings is probably a code approach that was developed for the design of new construction. Many engineering firms that specialize in seismic evaluation will develop procedures based on their own experience. It is the purpose of this paper to give an overview of some of the most easily obtainable documents on seismic evaluation procedures and to comment how they may be improved and developed for wider use by the design profession.

Subject Headings: Existing buildings | Building design | Earthquake resistant structures | Structural analysis | Building codes | Seismic design | Seismic tests | Seismic effects

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