Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering: What Can It Do for You?

by Steven L. Kramer, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Professor of Geotechnical Engineering; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,,
Menzer Pehlivan, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Geotechnical Engineer; CH2M Hill, Seattle, WA,,

Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2016, Vol. 20, Issue 6, Pg. 32-38

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: There's been a lot of talk, and some confusion, lately about performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE). Many geotechnical engineers wonder -- what is it, how does it differ from what I've been doing, and what does it mean for me and my practice? PBEE is a process that seeks to predict the seismic performance of structures and facilities in ways that are useful to a wide variety of stakeholders and decision-makers. PBEE requires the integrated and collaborative efforts of several groups of earthquake professionals, including geotechnical engineers. In seismically active areas, PBEE can provide very positive economic benefits for geotechnical engineers and their clients.

Subject Headings: Earthquakes | Earthquake engineering | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Earthquake resistant structures | Decision making | Professional development | Economic factors


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