Seismic Evaluation of Buildings in the Eastern and Central United States

by Chris D. Poland, H.J. Degenkolb Associates, United States,
Richard N. White, H.J. Degenkolb Associates, United States,
James O. Malley, H.J. Degenkolb Associates, United States,
Peter Gergely, H.J. Degenkolb Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Seismic Engineering: Research and Practice


The Applied Technology Council (ATC) has developed and published a methodology, ATC-14, for evaluating specific buildings that is tailored for use by practicing structural engineers. ATC-14 was developed to be consistent with the latest building codes, but tailored to the often non-conforming characteristics of the variety of buildings in existence. As a portion of the 'Existing Structures' topic, one of the three major areas of research for the second year of the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) five-year program, an investigation was performed to critically assess the applicability of ATC-14 to buildings in regions of low seismicity. The project has provided a large number of recommended additions and revisions to the original document. It is intended that these recommended revisions be included in any future editions of ATC-14, and the FEMA-sponsored ATC-22 project to develop a handbook for the seismic evaluation of existing buildings. The information presented in this report should serve as a supplement to ATC-14.

Subject Headings: Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Building codes | Seismic design | Structural behavior | Existing buildings | Standards and codes | Earthquakes | United States

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