Guidelines for Seismic Design of Tall Buildings

July 30, 2010
Publication: Proceedings of the 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering|Toronto, Ontario n 954
Author(s): Hamburger, Ronald O. Moehle J.P.

Abstract: Performance-based seismic design methods in the United States originated as a practical and effective means to mitigate the seismic risks posed by existing buildings and were later extended to permit development of new buildings capable of superior seismic performance. These methods were quickly adapted to justify design of new buildings that do not conform to building code requirements, and which are intended only to provide equivalent performance to buildings conforming to code criteria. This practice has become particularly prevalent in the design of very tall buildings in the Western United States. The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, working with the tall building design community, has developed a performance-based seismic design methodology for tall buildings that encompasses and improves upon the procedures developed during the past 10 years of practice.

Services: Structural Design