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ATC 40, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Concrete Buildings, can be obtained
from Applied Technology Council, 555 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 550, Redwood
City, CA
94065, Tel. (650) 595-1542, FAX (650) 593-2320, E-mail atc(--nospam--at)atcouncil.org.
The cost is $65.00 plus shipping and California sales taxes, etc.

ATC 40 was developed under contract with the California Seismic Safety
Commission.  The report provides a recommended methodology and commentary for
the seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing concrete buildings.  The
report addresses performance objectives, seismic hazard, determination of
deficiencies, retrofit strategies, quality assurance procedures, nonlinear
static analysis procedures, modeling rules, foundation effects, response
limits and nonstructural components.  (Published 1996, combined volumes 626
pages.)

I served on the ATC 40 Oversight Panel for the California Seismic Safety
Commission.  This ATC 40 report has extensive examples of the use of "Push
Over Analysis" and "Capacity Spectrum Analysis."  I recommend this ATC 40
Report without reservation.

FEMA 273, NEHRP Guidelines for the Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings, (Item
Number 9-1211) and FEMA 274, NEHRP Commentary on the Guidelines for the
Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings (Item Number 9-1212) can be obtained by
writing FEMA Distribution Center, 8231 Stayton Drive, Jessup, 20794.  I
believe these two reports are FREE for residents of the United States.  I do
not know if there is any charges for non-residents of the United States.
There is no known E-mail address or FAX address.  These reports are ready to
go to the printer any day now.  It is suggest that you send your request for
your copies now and wait for these reports to be printed and shipped early in
1998.  These two reports present the most comphrehensive discussion of the
methodologies for the seismic rehabilitation of buildings, including non-
linear static procedures and non-linear dynamic procedures.
These two reports are the result of over four years of effort by some of the
outstanding earthquake engineers, structural engineers and architects in the
United States, and represent over eight millions dollars of  funding by FEMA.
By any measure, these two reports should be in the library of anyone involved
with the seismic rehabilitation of buildings.

Hope that answers your questions on how to obtain ATC 40 and FEMA 273 and 274.


Frank E. McClure    FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com