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Bill,

You can spend money and gather a bunch of decent books or you can spend
money and get one book that is very comprehensive and has in depth
discussion on earthquakes, soils, and structures. It's technical yet easy to
understand. It has code examples of both 97 ubc and 2000 IBC. That book is
the Seismic Design Handbook by Farzad Naeim, of John A. Martin associates.
You can buy it from ICBO's website, comes with the FEMA350 books on CDROM
along with the actual book on CD Rom. The only area it is weak on is wood.
It mainly deals with wood diaphragms for masonry and concrete shearwall
buildings. For wood, get the Breyer book. It is the best bang for the buck
of any engineering textbook at 65 bucks. Both available at www.icbo.org.

-gerard
Santa Clara, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 6:02 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Q: Handy Text on Earthquake Resistant Design for Light
Commercial Buildings?

Well, the IBC 2000 is finally here, and there's just enough seismic
stuff
here in Texas to have to start worrying about it. Time for me to bone
up-it's been about ten years and I know things have changed!

Can anyone recommend a good textbook/handbook with basic examples of
solved
problems involving design of smaller buildings for seismic forces?
Understand I am not looking to design a high- or even mid-rise building,
just one or two or three stories.

I'd be interested to hear recommendations.

Thanks.



William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, TX, USA
Phone (281) 492-2251
FAX (281) 492-8203
email bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc



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