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Structural Engineer’s Guide to Become Leaders in Community Resilience Part 3

Tuesday, September 29, 2020  

By the SEAOC Resilience Committee
Ron Mayes, Jonathan Buckalew (Co-Chair), Anna Lang, (Co-Chair),
Roy Lobo, Daniel Zepeda and Garrett Hagen


This is the third of a series of monthly articles prepared to help structural engineers to become leaders in community resilience. In the previous articles (click here) we noted that engineers can make a direct and immediate contribution toward improving community resilience by designing buildings with post-earthquake recovery time in mind, determined by the building’s function, client desires, and expected hazards.

This article discusses the tools that are currently available to quantify the seismic performance of buildings in terms that are valuable to the building owner and the public – safety, repair costs, recovery time, and environmental impact. The ability to design and retrofit buildings to recover functions in a reasonable time period is critical to achieving community resilience. While these concepts are applicable for all hazards and for both buildings and infrastructure, this article series addresses only the seismic performance of more.