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The disastrous damage and life losses incurred by earthquakes in the last decade around the world have increased public attention and concern of how to reduce potential seismic risk. There is a general consensus that the greatest source of life and economic losses comes from highly vulnerable, poorly designed, and poorly constructed existing buildings. While enforcing more strict design codes and construction inspection does improve the resistive capacity of new buildings, the fact that new buildings add only a small increment to the total stock of existing buildings has stimulated planners and researchers to concentrate their· efforts to improve the performance of existing buildings. Hence, much effort and funds are being spent to strengthen hazardous buildings. However, because the funds available for strengthening are limited, it is essential to identify among the huge stock of existing buildings the most hazardous ones and prioritize them according to fund allocation and scheduling. The need to develop a systematic methodology to identify and prioritize high-risk buildings has motivated the work described herein entitled, "Use of Risk Analysis in Evaluating the Seismic Safety of Existing Structures," a joint effort between the U.S.A. (Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley) and the People's Republic of China (PRC). The Berkeley work was supported by a separate National Science Foundation research project entitled "Retrofit Design, Analysis, and Risk Assessment of Existing Buildings," administered by the Center for Environmental Design Research at the University of California, Berkeley.
Thurston, HM and Dong, W and Boissonnade AC and Neghabat, F and Gere, JM and Shah, HC. (1986). Risk Analysis and Seismic Safety of Existing Buildings. John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center Technical Report 81.Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/sd161vz5012
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