The ATC-21 report, Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook (Second Edition, FEMA 154) was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and developed under the ATC-21 Project. (Published 2002, 140 pages)
ABSTRACT: This report describes a rapid visual screening procedure for identifying those buildings that might pose serious risk of loss of life and injury, or of severe curtailment of community services, in case of a damaging earthquake. The screening procedure utilizes a methodology based on a sidewalk survey approach that involves identification of the primary structural load-resisting system and its building material, and assignment of a basic structural hazards score and performance modifiers based on the observed building characteristics. Application of the methodology identifies those buildings that are potentially hazardous and should be analyzed in more detail by a professional engineer experienced in seismic design. In this Second Edition, the scoring system has been revised and the Handbook has been shortened and focused to ease its use.
Available free of charge by contacting FEMA (phone: 1-800-480-2520).
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