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RE: PML Reports
- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: PML Reports
- From: Gerard Madden <gmadden(--nospam--at)duquette-eng.com>
- Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 12:20:53 -0800
engineering firms doing retrofits should be able to perform this task. The
engineering is not difficult, it is more of a judgement/experience call in
assigning rankings to the various deficiencies of the structure. The
process takes into account the type of building, the year of construction, and
other quality factors as well.
guess degenkolb would be the real experts since they developed the software I
mentioned. Their website may have some useful info as well as the software
price. www.degenkolb.com. It's not rocket
Thank you Gerard, this is exactly the type of
education I was looking for. Is this something that the typical
engineering firm should expect to be asked to do (ie. something we should be
prepared to offer in the future) or are there firms that specialize in
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2001 11:51
Subject: RE: PML Reports
PML stands for Probable Maximum Loss. It is a study using traditional
engineering methods to determine weaknesses and then assigning a risk. The
PML methods are published by SEAOC, I think Zsutty is the major contributor
to the methods. Degenkolb has a software called STRISK that can do all the
number crunching and produce some graphics.
The PML is valuable tool for insurance people and lending
institutions because it quantifies the cost of repairs (in very general
terms) compared to its value in simple layman's terms. The PML number (A
percentage) attempts to quantify the cost of repairs to the structure
to make it function again after a major seismic event. ie. if the PML number
was 26%, if would cost 26% of the structures current value/cost to make it
usable again after a major quake. This number can decide insurance rates or
whether or not a retrofit will get funding.
Lots of times, a PML is generated for current condition and
retrofitted condition (if it's in the budget to investigate the possible
You best bet is to get the binders from SEAOC.
hope that helps,
A client on a current project is requesting
referrals to provide a PML report regarding seismic issues. I am
unfamiliar with PML reports (Possible Major Loss?).
Any help and education would be