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Guide To International Seismic Codes

by D. Tao

In an increasingly global environment, engineers and other practitioners may seek international seismic code information, either for design purposes or as a reference in drawing up seismic regulations. Listed below are selected publications that include various types of information on international seismic codes: specifications, listings of seismic zones, zoning/epicentral maps, seismic histories, and other relevant information. The Information Service has compiled a table that indicates the resources used by specific countries. Inquiries should be directed to the NCEER Information Service at phone: (716) 645-3377; fax: (716) 645-3379; or email: . Information is also available through NCEER's World Wide Web home page at .

Earthquake Resistant Regulations: A World List-1992 (ERR). Rev. ed. Prepared by the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). Tokyo: International Association for Earthquake Engineering, 1992. Approximately 1100 pages. $180. Contact: IAEE (Kokusai Jishin Kogaku-kai), Kenchiku Kaikan, 3rd Fl., 5-26-20, Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108, Japan, telephone: (81) 3-3453-1281; fax: (81) 3-3453-0428; or Gakujutsu Bunken Fukyu-Kai (Association for Science Documents Information) Oh-Okayama, 2-12-1, Meguroku, Tokyo, 152, Japan.

This publication is a compilation of earthquake design codes and regulations used in seismically active regions of the world. Codes for 37 countries are included. Most entries are in English and include such information as scope and terminology, seismic design criteria, seismic zones, and seismic loads. Many entries include maps and diagrams.

Practice of Earthquake Hazard Assessment (PEHA). Edited by Robin K. McGuire. International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), 1993. 284 pages. For availability, contact Dr. Robert Engdahl, fax: (303) 273-8450; email: .

This volume summarizes probabilistic seismic hazard assessment as it is practiced in seismically active countries throughout the world. Fifty-nine reports, covering 88 countries, are included. Many entries contain epicentral and seismic zoning maps as well as extensive references.

International Handbook of Earthquake Engineering: Codes, Programs, and Examples (IHEE). Edited by Mario Paz, editor. New York: Chapman & Hall, 1994. 545 pages. ISBN 0-412-98211-0, $74.76.

This book discusses seismic resistant design and seismic codes for 34 countries in active seismic regions of the world. Part I of the publication presents the basic theory of structural dynamics as applied to earthquake-resistant analysis and design. Part II provides an introduction to the seismicity and pertinent geological background for the 34 countries that are included, a simplified account of the seismic code for the respective country, as well as a summary of the main developments in seismic code activity for each country. Software that implements seismic codes for the various countries is available directly from contributors. Maps and charts are included for many entries.

Seismic Design for Buildings (SDB) (Army: TM 5-809-10; Navy: NAVFAC P-355; USAF: AFM-88-3, Chapter 13). Washington DC: Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, 1992. 407 pages. $52. Available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Military Publications Division, telephone: (703) 487-4684; fax: (703) 487-4841; URL: .

This manual provides criteria and guidance for the design of structures to resist the effects of earthquakes. It includes the seismic design of buildings, as well as architectural components, mechanical and electrical equipment supports, some structures other than buildings, and utility systems. Of particular interest for those seeking international seismic codes is "Seismic Zone Tabulation: Outside the United States" (table 3-2), which lists seismic zones, based on the 1991 Uniform Building Code (UBC), for many countries (and some specific cities) where military bases are located. "Seismic zone tabulation -United States," (table 3-1) and a seismic zone map for the United States (figure 3-1) reprinted from the 1991 UBC are also included.

Uniform Building Code: Structural Engineering Design Provisions (UBC). Whittier, CA: International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), 1994. Volume 2. 1339 pages. $77.65. Available from ICBO Order Department, phone: (800) 284-4406; fax: (310) 692-3853.

Chapter 16 of this publication provides specifications for earthquake resistant design and a seismic zone map for the United States. Of particular interest for those seeking international code information is a listing in the appendix to Chapter 16, pages 2-1214, of seismic zones (based on the UBC) for a few locations outside of the United States.

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