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Title: SEISMIC: Roof Supported Equipment
Oh, and I meant to mention:
Section 301 of the "International Existing Building Code" defines a "Level One Alteration" (in part) as: "replacement...of serve[s] the same purpose." This leads you to Chapter 5.
The Structural requirements for Level One Alteration (section 507) seem to indicate that only gravity loads ("vertical loads") are required to be checked for replaced equipment. It doesn't seem to require a seismic (re)analysis.

From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:bill.polhemus(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 6:14 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: SEISMIC: Roof Supported Equipment

Because you evil Left-Coasters have foisted this upon us, I now have to foray into the "dark side" of structural engineering, calculating seismic forces.

My untutored brain does register grudging respect that the ICC (in reality, many of you SEAOCers) have done a creditable job digesting all this NEHRP stuff for me, but I'm still agog at the sheerness of the learning curve.

Anyway, I've got a situation that would be a no-brainer if it were just a building. But instead, I've got some rather massive equpment sitting on a steel platform which in turn is place on the ROOF of an existing building, and I want to determine what the effect of this will be.

Again, it will probably turn out to be nothing, but I'm undecided enough about it that I know I have to make the effort.

So instead of just a building with a site factor involved, I've got a building with a site factor, and then the equipment on top of that. Surely the building will act as a sort of giant energy absorber for the equipment such that the equipment seismic effect will be much diminished.

The building is a single (high-bay) story, all precast concrete.

Do I do this as a Two DOF system?

What would YOU do?

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