Strategies and Criteria for Selecting Buildings for ANSS Strong-Motion Instrumentation

by J. Carl Stepp

Stepp, Carl J. (2002). Strategies and Criteria for Selecting Buildings for ANSS Strong-Motion Instrumentation. SMIP02 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 147 - 160.

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This paper summarizes the conclusions and recommendations of the COSMOS workshop on Strong-Motion Instrumentation of Buildings held in Emeryville, CA, on November 14 and 15, 2001. The recommendations are intended to provide guidance for implementation of the strongmotion element of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) and for strong-motion instrumentation of buildings in general. The guiding objective of building instrumentation should be to gain understanding of the behavior of representative building types in order to improve general predictive models, by: 1) challenging, verifying or calibrating models; 2) calibrating design and retrofit rules (codes); and 3) calibrating post earthquake evaluation rules. National and regional priorities and building selection criteria are needed. The ANSS should take advantage of advances in instrumentation and monitoring technologies and should build partnerships with state and local agencies and private sector companies in order to extend the scope of instrumentation of buildings.