Risk Management Series

Risk Management Series

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Earthquakes in the United States are regional in their occurrence and while California is famous for its earthquake other states, such as Texas, have much less concern for the threat of temblors. However, architectural practice is becoming increasingly national and global, and the architect in Texas may find that the next project is in California. Thus it has become necessary for the professional architect to have some knowledge of the earthquake problem and how design seeks to control it. Designing for Earthquakes: a Manual for Architects is intended to explain the principles of seismic design for those without a technical background in engineering and seismology. The primary intended audience is that of architects, and includes practicing architects, architectural students and faculty in architectural schools who teach structures and seismic design. For this reason the text and graphics are focused on those aspects of seismic design that are important for the architect to know. Because of its non-technical approach this publication will also be useful to anyone who has an interest and concern for the seismic protection of buildings, including facility managers, building owners and tenants, building committee participants, emergency service personnel and building officials. Engineers and engineering students will also gain from this discussion of seismic design from an architectural viewpoint. The principles discussed are applicable to a wide range of building types, both new and existing. The focus is on buildings that are designed by a team that includes architects, engineers and other consultants.Designing for Earthquakes - A Manual for Architects (Fema 454 / December 2006 ) U. s. ... Another future structural improvement that will likely improve nonstructural seismic performance is the increasing use of both active and ... On the distant horizon is the transformation of the building structure from its seemingly rigid skeleton to a skeleton with a muscle system similar to an organism. ... Mason Industries Inc., Seismic Restraint Guidelines, Mason Industries Inc, Hauppauge, NY. 1999.

Title:Risk Management Series
Author: U. s. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Publisher:FEMA - 2013-04-14

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