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Title
Seismic Instrumentation of Buildings.
File
PB2006105373.pdf
Author(s)
Celebi, M.
Source
April 2000, 42 p.
Identifying Number(s)
USGS/OFR-00-157
Abstract
The purpose of this report is to provide information on how and why we deploy seismic instruments in and around building structures. The recorded response data from buildings and other instrumented structures can be and are being primarily used to facilitate necessary studies to improve building codes and therefore reduce losses of life and property during damaging earthquakes. Other uses of such data can be in emergency response situations in large urban environments. The report discusses typical instrumentation schemes, existing instrumentation programs, the steps generally followed in instrumenting a structure, selection and type of instruments, installation and maintenance requirements and data retrieval and processing issues. In addition, a summary section on how recorded response data have been utilized is included. The benefits from instrumentation of structural systems are discussed.
Keywords
; Instrumentation schemes; Dynamic structural analysis; Earthquake engineering; Seismic design; Instruments