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Guidelines for Utilizing Strong-Motion Data for Post-Earthquake Evaluation of Structures

by Christopher Rojahn, A. Gerald Brady and Craig Comartin

Rojahn, Christopher, A. Gerald Brady and Craig Comartin (2002). Guidelines for Utilizing Strong-Motion Data for Post-Earthquake Evaluation of Structures. SMIP02 Seminar on Utilization of Strong-Motion Data, p. 47 - 60.

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Abstract

This paper describes portions of the document, Guidelines for Using Strong-Motion Data for Postearthquake Response and Postearthquake Structural Evaluation, currently being developed by the Applied Technology Council for the California Geological Survey (formerly, California Division of Mines and Geology) Strong Motion Instrumentation Program 2000 Data Interpretation Project. The focus of the paper is on guidance for using strong- motion data to evaluate the performance of structures in the immediate earthquake aftermath. Topics addressed include strong- motion data sources and processing, damage indicators that can often be observed in recorded data, and methods for rapid interpretation of strong-motion data to evaluate structural performance.