ATC Seeks Qualified Consultants to Provide Technical Services to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and the National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Applied Technology Council (ATC) is seeking qualifications and statements of interest for candidates to serve as technical consultants on a variety of ATC projects funded under a recently awarded 5-year task order contract in support of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). [read more]
New NEHRP Technical Brief on Seismic Design now available
Technical Brief No. 8 : Seismic Design of Steel Special Concentrically Braced Frame Systems
(NIST GCR 13-917-24)
ALSO AVAILABLE: Technical Report (NIST GCR 12-917-18)
Comparison of U.S. and Chilean Building Code Requirements and Seismic Design Practice 19852010
Request for Information on 2010 Chile Earthquake
The NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, a partnership of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE), is developing a data repository to document and publish information collected after the 2010 Maule Earthquake in Chile for the National Institute of Standards (NIST). This work is being led by Purdue University. The effort has two objectives:
1. document, preserve, and disseminate valuable data pertaining to affected engineered structures with properties similar to those of structures in the U.S.
2. develop a framework that can be used to document key information about the structural response of building structures to future earthquakes.
The data repository will also serve as a prototype for NIST’s recently initiated multi-year project to create a digital archive of data related to natural and man-made disasters as well as failure studies. [more]
Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST has begun building an earthquake engineering research program aimed at narrowing the gap between earthquake engineering knowledge and practice . In its first intramural project, NIST is developing an online database of findings generated over the years by NEHRP-funded research projects. This tool will help NIST and others access and apply the valuable knowledge that has been created through NEHRP, especially the results from basic research conducted in hundreds of projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
NIST has initiated several extramural projects through the NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, a partnership between the Applied Technology Council and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering. In one project, researchers are testing an improved method of quantifying the seismic performance of structural systems, a method developed for use with model building codes. Another project is responding to the need for seismic design guidance for the Nation's vital container-shipping ports. This team will carry out applied research to translate basic research results generated by an NSF-supported study into design prestandards for engineers and building-code developers.
For more on NIST's research role in NEHRP, see the June 2009 Seismic Waves article on the NEHRP website - http://www.nehrp.gov/pdf/SeismicWavesJun09.pdf