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Information from NCEER Information Services News:

FEMA 310: EVALUATION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS 

The FEMA publication NEHRP Handbook for Seismic Evaluation of Existing
Buildings (FEMA-178), 1992 has been
updated and is now titled Handbook for the Seismic Evaluation of Buildings: A
Prestandard (FEMA-310), 1998,
approximately 400 pages. Prepared by the ASCE for FEMA, the updated Handbook
is intended to instruct design
professionals on how to determine if a building is adequately designed and
constructed to resist seismic forces. It provides a
three-tiered process for seismic evaluation of existing buildings in any
region of seismicity and endeavors to reflect
advancements in technology and incorporate professional design experience as
well as lessons learned from recent earthquakes,
including the 1985 Michoacan, Mexico earthquake, the 1989 Loma Prieta
earthquake, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and
the 1995 Kobe, Japan earthquake. 

Like the earlier FEMA-178, FEMA-310 guides the user in identifying potential
weak links in a building through sets of
checklists that are organized by building type. In FEMA-310, checklists are
provided for low, moderate, and high seismicity
and for multiple performance levels. Three tiers of evaluation procedures are
presented. An appendix contains six examples that
illustrate the use of the checklists and the three-tiered evaluations. This
publication is available at no cost from: 

     FEMA Distribution Center
     8231 Stayton Drive
     Jessup, MD 20794 
     telephone: 1-800-480-2520; 
     fax: 301-497-6378 



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Western States Seismic Policy Council
121 Second Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, California  94105
415.974-6435 * fax 415-974-1747
URL: http://www.wsspc.org


 

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