Seismic design, as detailed in this text, is the bringing together of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. Earthquake Engineering for Structural Design focuses on the seismological aspects of design—analyzing various types of earthquakes and how they affect structures differently. Understanding the distinction between these earthquake types and their different impacts on buildings can make the difference between whether a building stands or falls—or, at least to how much it costs to repair.
Developments in Earthquake Engineering have focussed on the capacity and response of structures. They often overlook the importance of seismological knowledge to earthquake-proofing of design. It is not enough only to understand the anatomy of the structure, you must also appreciate the nature of...
Published August 3rd 2010 by CRC Press