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Earthquake Design Practice for Buildings

Earthquake Design Practice for Buildings provides comprehensive, practical, and easy to read advice on the technical issues that have to be considered in the seismic design of buildings.

Earthquake Design Practice for Buildings
Earthquake Design Practice for Buildings

Who wrote this?

This guide was written by practising structural engineer Edmund Booth.


It was published in February 2014.


This third edition of the guide reflects on socio-economic factors, recent technologies for earthquake resistance, displacement-based design, assessment of liquefaction potential and new developments in the seismic-resisting design and analysis of concrete, steel, timber and masonry structures.

Who should read this?

This is a practical guide for engineers to the seismic design of buildings for earthquake-resilient communities.


Earthquake Design Practice for Buildings:

  • Discusses the design of foundations and issues specific to seismic design of concrete, steel, masonry and timber buildings and their contents, explaining principles that can be applied to other structural materials
  • Details developments in assessing and strengthening seismic resistance of existing structures which, without adequate seismic resistance, pose a huge safety and economic threat
  • Is internationally applicable, explaining the science and engineering underpinning national codes
  • Draws on the lessons that can be learnt from the way buildings have performed in past earthquakes, including recent events in Haiti, Christchurch (New Zealand) and Japan
  • Considers the threat to human activity from earthquakes and the strategies employed to mitigate this

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