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Proceedings of a Workshop on Developing and Adopting Seismic Design and Construction Standards for Lifelines.


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Dikkers, R. D.; Chung, R. M.; Mohraz, B.; Lew, H. S.; Wright, R. N.

NISTIR 5907; 345 p. October 1996.

Sponsor:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-115794

Keywords:

lifelines; seismic design; construction; standards; electrical power; telecommunications; transportation; water

Abstract:

The recommendations for developing and adopting seismic design and construction standards for lifelines presented in this report were prepared in response to Public Law 101-614, the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act. The recommendations were based on inputs from experts in research and practice of lifeline earthquake engineering in private and public sectors; the Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers; utility organizations; and local, state, and federal government who participated in a workshop in Denver, Colorado, September 25-27, 1991. The workshop concluded that standards are needed to reduce the vulnerability of lifelines to earthquakes, and recommended the need to develop recommendations for standards, encourage and support the adoption of these recommendations by the standard organizations serving the lifeline community, and to work with the lifeline community to achieve their implementation. Parts of these recommendations were included in the "Plan for Developing and Adopting Seismic Design Guidelines and Standards for Lifelines", FEMA 271, 5/96, submitted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Congress in September 1995.