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Analysis of Tentative Seismic Design Provisions for Buildings.
Harris, J. R.; Fenves, S. J.; Wright, R. N.
National Science Foundation, Washington, DC., July 1979, 602 p.
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This report presents the results of a thorough study of the internal logic of the Tentative Provisions for the Development of Seismic Regulations for Buildings developed by the Applied Technology Council. The methods of analysis employed in the study provide objective measures of clarity, completeness, and consistency and an alternative form in which to examine the technical validity of the provisions. These methods include decision logic tables for examining individual provisions, information networks for representing the precedence among provisions, and classification of the provisions to study their scope and arrangement. A formal representation of the provisions is presented by the data items, decision tables, networks, and classification systems developed in the study. An index and several alternate arrangements of the provisions are also included. Opportunities for improvement of the tentative provisions are identified and discussed, and considerations for their future development and implementation within various national standards are highlighted.
Building codes; Earthquake engineering; Earthquake resistant structures; Seismic design; Earthquakes; Decision making; Information systems; Design standards; Network analysis (Management); Dynamic structural analysis