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Save the Date! BSSC to Host NEHRP Colloquium February 11 in California

Thursday, December 4, 2014  
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Attend this upcoming colloquium and find out about the key outcomes, major updates and future research needs from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) 2015 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures update process. The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will present "Seismic Design Technology for New Buildings—The 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions,” on February 11, 2015, in Burlingame, California. Geared to the BSSC membership and the structural engineering community, the BSSC Colloquium will include an awards luncheon to recognize individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the development of the 2015 NEHRP Provisions.

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.

The BSSC Colloquium program will include presentations on the development of the 2015 Provisions and major changes from the previous Provisions, as well as explain new technologies, why changes occurred, how they will affect structures to be built and future research issues.

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Intent of the Provisions and performance measurement
  • New U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hazard maps and the NEHRP design maps
  • New site soil factors
  • Site-specific design requirements and parameters
  • Seismic qualification of new systems and components based on FEMA P-695 and P-795 methodologies
  • Diaphragm design
  • Rigid wall/flexible diaphragms
  • Response history analysis
  • Base isolation & damping systems
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Strength-based foundation design
  • Foundations on liquefiable sites
  • Modal response spectrum analysis
  • Simplified design for Seismic Design Category B

The BSSC Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, February 11, from 8:30 am to 5:45 pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Burlingame. The BSSC will produce proceedings of the Colloquium in digital file to be made available on the BSSC website. Registration for interested members of the structural engineering practitioners’ community will be available in the near future. Learn more about the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures.

The Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) is an independent, voluntary membership body representing a wide variety of building community interests related to seismic safety. Its fundamental purpose is to enhance public safety by providing a national forum that fosters improved seismic safety provisions for use by the building community in the planning, design, construction, regulation, and utilization of buildings. Learn more about the BSSC.

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