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Re: New Zealand: Buildings Unsafe in Earthqauke: Proposed Legislation

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Anybody know if the files below made it onto the server and if so where and how
to get them.

Barry H. Welliver

bruce.shephard(--nospam--at) wrote:

> Hello Folks
> This is for the interest of those who have an interest in processes for
> identifying and making safe buildings that present more than acceptable risk
> in earthquake.
> Shafat Qazi has been kind and put three documents onto the list server for
> me.  The files are in Rich Text Format.  One can generally open them in most
> word processing programs.
> This posting is on behalf of the New Zealand National Society for Earthquake
> Engineering. (NZNSEE).  We are working with the New Zealand Building
> Industry Authority (BIA) to develop legislation for mitigation of buildings
> that are unsafe in earthquake.
> We have had legislation for unreinforced masonry buildings for some 30
> years. This has only been partially successful.  The current legislation is
> also aimed at 1960's non ductile reinforced concrete and steel buildings.
> The documents are self explanatory in that light.
> On the list server:
> File 21,  name-eqsbk.rtf, document 3, is a background paper prepared by the
> study group of NZNSEE.
> File 22,  name bia_p1.rtf, document 1, is a background paper produced by
> BIA.  It also addresses sanitary and fire safety as well as for Earthquake.
> File 23,  name bia_p2.rtf, document 2, is the wording of the proposed
> legislation.
> (Carefully.  Sorry about the _ and -  inconsistency.)
> The documents can be accessed using the "How do I Request Files (From the
> List Server) via E-mail?" instructions from the Seaoc FAQ page.
> This information is for the interest of particularly those on the West Coast
> USA, in earthquake country.
> We feel that we are presenting a pragmatic approach of 'catching' the worse
> and really dangerous buildings while being mindful of the economics.   The
> process features "high risk buildings"  which in turn have "Critical
> structural Weaknesses" that are likely to lead to collapse and thus
> casualties.
> I will be pleased to receive any comments and to answer any questions.
> --------------------------------------------------
> Bruce Shephard, Principal Consultant Seismic Risk
> Opus International Consultants, New Zealand
> DD Telephone +64 4 4717597,  Fax +64 4 4711397
> Email bruce.shephard(--nospam--at)
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