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I have had the privilege of being Dr. Charney's student at Virginia Tech. He was my advisor for my Master's thesis on hyperelastic devices. He is involved extensively with performance based engineering and the FEMA 350 code. Having personally interacted with him over 2 years, I would recommend his 2 day seminar. We @ VT have had the chance of being taught the course based on his (extended) notes from the seminar.

Structural Engineer
Bliss and Nyitray Inc.
Miami, FL - 33134

----- Original Message ----
From: Gary Loomis <gloomis(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Sent: Saturday, 29 April, 2006 7:09:25 PM
Subject: RE: seismic text

I strongly recommend a seminar that I recently attended in Richmond, Virginia.  Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering in the Central and Eastern US presented by Dr. Finley Charney and Dr. James Martin from Virginia Tech.  They not only explained the how's but the why's.  Both are involved with Center for Extreme Load Effects on Structures (CELES) and World Institute of Disaster Risk Management at VT.

Dr. Charney has done 2 day and 4 day seminars on earthquake engineering (4 day for FEMA).  He has one scheduled for this fall in Washington, DC.

Free documents include FEMA 350, 450, and 451.  All you need to do is call and request the documents and request a CD.  (800) 480-2520.  FEMA 350 discusses the Northridge earthquake.  My understanding is 450 provides the requirements similar to ASCE 7 and 451 is a commentary.  I have not seen the documents, only heard this.

Dr. Charney is tasked with writing a commentary for ASCE 7 I think.  

Hope this helps.

Gary Loomis, PE
Master Engineers and Designers, Inc.


From: John Riley [mailto:jpriley485(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Fri 4/28/2006 1:00 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: seismic text

Does anyone have a recommendation on a text book for seismic design per ASCE 7?  I searched the SEAINT archives but came up with no hits.



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