Proposed Seismic Design Method for Piers and Wharves

by Robert E. Harn, ABAM Engineers, Federal Way, United States,
Bankim C. Mallick, ABAM Engineers, Federal Way, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Ports '92


Current seismic provisions of the 1991 Uniform Building Code (UBC-91) and the 1983 AASHTO Seismic Design Specifications (AASHTO) are compared as they relate to piers and wharves. An alternate method for seismic design of piers and wharves is proposed that adopts the philosophy of these codes to the unique characteristics of piers and wharves.

Subject Headings: Seismic design | Seismic tests | Piers | Piles | Harbor facilities | Building codes | Standards and codes | Construction methods | United States

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