Seismic Vulnerability of the Highway System

Task G3-5: Third International Workshop on Performance Based Seismic Design and Retrofit of Transportation Facilities

Subject Area: Technology Exchange and Transfer
Research Year 3

Principal Investigator and Institution

Ian G. Buckle, University of Nevada, Reno

Objective and Approach

The third international workshop on the mitigation of seismic effects on transportation facilities will be held in Tokyo, Japan on July 9 - 11, 2002. The host institution for the meeting will be the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Tokyo. This is the third workshop in this series, the first two being organized by the National Center for Research in Earthquake Engineering in Taipei. The first workshop was held in Taipei in July 1999, and the second in September 2000, also in Taipei. The third workshop will again provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of information about recent and future developments in the seismic design and retrofit of transportation facilities, and the promotion of international cooperation and research in this area. Participating countries include Japan, the United States, and Taiwan.

The Workshop will comprise a two-day meeting in Tokyo, to be held in the Ferrite Memorial Hall at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. This will be followed by a one-day study tour in the Tokyo area.

A major theme of this particular workshop will be performance-based design of transportation facilities and papers in the following areas will address this topic:

  • Impact of near-fault ground motions on transportation structures
  • Post-earthquake condition assessment of transportation systems
  • Seismic design and retrofit strategies for facilities subject to strong ground motion
  • Seismic control devices
  • Decision support technologies for emergency response
  • Impacts of recent earthquakes on design and retrofit philosophy
  • Performance of transportation structures in recent damaging earthquakes.

In addition, a special session will be devoted to issues surrounding the implementation of performance- based design for transportation facilities.

Funds provided under this task will be used for the travel and accommodation of nine members of the US delegation. Participation by FHWA engineering staff is also expected.


Proceedings of the workshop will be published including all technical papers, resolutions, and research recommendations. Copies will be available from MCEER for distribution in the US to interested parties.

Technical Challenges

None anticipated.

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