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 Earthquake Engineering


  • Seismic Practice Needs for Buildings and Lifeline Infrastructure Located in the Central and Eastern United StatesNIST GCR 23-041

    Synopsis: This report summarizes the issues presently impeding advancement of seismic practice in the CEUS and presents a roadmap of research and practice-related projects to address the identified issues. The benefit of addressing impediments to seismic resilience in the CEUS is incalculable. Better performing buildings and lifeline infrastructure during a significant earthquake will translate into saved lives, reduced injuries, avoided economic losses, lower insurance costs, reduced recovery costs, and faster recovery times. Completing the projects identified in this report will result in CEUS communities that are safer in and quicker to recover after earthquakes.

    Source/sponsorship: This report was prepared for the Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under Contract 1333ND21PNB730567. This report was produced by the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

    Resource type: Report, 185 pages


  • Preventing Earthquake Disasters: The Grand Challenge in Earthquake Engineering: A Research Agenda for the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

    Synopsis: This report documents the results of a study undertaken to identify key research needed for the prevention of earthquake disasters, and to develop research plans and recommendations that can guide use of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) in meeting these research needs. Short-, medium-, and long-term research goals are presented in each of seven areas (seismology, tsunamis, geotechnical engineering, buildings, lifelines, risk assessment, and public policy), along with conclusions and recommendations on the role of NSF and NEES in preventing earthquake disasters. The report also discusses the potential impact and possible roles of new information and communications technologies with respect to earthquake engineering research and NEES, and considers NEES-related issues associated with teleobservation and teleparticipation in research and with sharing, archiving, and mining data.

    Source/sponsorship: The report was prepared by a committee of the National Research Council of the National Academies, and was requested and supported by NSF.

    Resource type: Report, 172 pages


  • Securing Society Against Catastrophic Earthquake Losses: A Research and Outreach Plan in Earthquake Engineering PDF 7MB

    Synopsis: This report proposes a 20-year, $6.54 billion research and outreach program designed to "provide the tools for protecting against catastrophic earthquake losses." The plan for carrying out this program comprises research tasks intended to develop the science, engineering, and societal approaches necessary for making better risk management choices, and outreach tasks that facilitate the transfer of research findings into practice, an essential step in implementing successful risk management. The tasks are organized under five program areas: understanding seismic hazards, assessing earthquake impacts, reducing earthquake impacts, enhancing community resilience, and expanding education and public outreach. In addition to describing the tasks that make up the plan, the report discusses how to implement the plan and presents a plan budget.

    Source/sponsorship: The report was prepared by a panel of earth scientists, earthquake engineers, and social scientists assembled by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute with financial support from NSF.

    Resource type: Report, 76 pages

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