Location

San Diego, California

Session Start Date

5-24-2010

Session End Date

5-29-2010

Abstract

Major earthquakes have resulted in devastating consequences in terms of human and economic loss. In almost all the earthquakes we observe the failure of structures, sometimes due to poor construction but also due to designers not identifying the specific geo-hazards (iIntensity of ground motion, faults, liquefaction, slopes etc) which affect these structures. In many cases these damages could have been avoided if the original design had correctly identified the geohazards at the site and incorporated the philosophy of performance based design. In this paper several examples will be presented where the different stages of risk assessment will be identified and possible solutions incorporated in the final design. The paper provides examples where existing studies and codes in certain countries may be storing up problems for the future.This paper also highlights some gaps in existing knowledge where more research is needed. Design examples will also cover the advantages of performing detailed design accounting for soil structure interaction effects. In many cases these will offer potential saving to the clients and thus provide value in seismic design. Examples are shown where structures which have accounted for the geohazards will be shown to perform satisfactorily during past earthquakes.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Fifth Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

5-24-2010

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2010 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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The Importance of Creating Value in Seismic Design

San Diego, California

Major earthquakes have resulted in devastating consequences in terms of human and economic loss. In almost all the earthquakes we observe the failure of structures, sometimes due to poor construction but also due to designers not identifying the specific geo-hazards (iIntensity of ground motion, faults, liquefaction, slopes etc) which affect these structures. In many cases these damages could have been avoided if the original design had correctly identified the geohazards at the site and incorporated the philosophy of performance based design. In this paper several examples will be presented where the different stages of risk assessment will be identified and possible solutions incorporated in the final design. The paper provides examples where existing studies and codes in certain countries may be storing up problems for the future.This paper also highlights some gaps in existing knowledge where more research is needed. Design examples will also cover the advantages of performing detailed design accounting for soil structure interaction effects. In many cases these will offer potential saving to the clients and thus provide value in seismic design. Examples are shown where structures which have accounted for the geohazards will be shown to perform satisfactorily during past earthquakes.