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Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016 Short Course

Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016

Short Course 10: New Structural and Geotechnical Seismic Design Requirements in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions

Four members of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) presented the Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016 Course: SC10 / New Structural and Geotechnical Seismic Design Requirements in the 2015 NEHRP Provisions on February 14, 2016. Gearing their presentation to practicing structural and geotechnical engineers, the team highlighted major changes and rationale for: revisions to the USGS ground motions, site specific seismic design requirements and parameters, design requirements for foundations on liquefiable sites, and soil-structure interaction procedures.

Under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), BSSC administers an ongoing consensus-based process of updating and maintaining the NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures. The NEHRP Recommended Provisions and its Commentary embody the state-of-knowledge criteria for design and construction of new buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The new knowledge and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC) and several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) ASCE/SEI-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

J.G. "Greg" Soules, PE, SE, principal engineer of CBI Inc., The Woodlands, Texas, moderated the session, and  Mai (Mike) Tong, Physical Scientist, National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) at FEMA served as host. The Short Course 10 program was comprised of the following four presentations. A link to each presentation is provided below by clicking on the presentation title.

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