From the Back Cover
New topics include the creation of low-damage structures and the spatial distribution of ground shaking near large fault ruptures. Sections on guidance for developing countries, response of buildings to differential settlement in liquefaction, performance-based and displacement-based design and the architectural aspects of earthquake resistant design are heavily revised.
- Outlines individual national weaknesses that contribute to earthquake risk to people and property
- Calculates the seismic response of soils and structures, using the structural continuum “Subsoil – Substructure – Superstructure – Non–structure”
- Evaluates the effectiveness of given design and construction procedures for reducing casualties and financial losses
- Provides guidance on the key issue of choice of structural form
- Presents earthquake resistant design methods for the main four structural materials – steel, concrete, reinforced masonry and timber – as well as for services equipment, plant and non-structural architectural components
- Contains a chapter devoted to problems involved in improving (retrofitting) the existing built environment
This book is an invaluable reference and guiding tool to practising civil and structural engineers and architects, researchers and postgraduate students in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, local governments and risk management officials.
About the Author
Major engineering design projects include the Sydney Opera House roof, restoration of York Minster and the Ohaaki power station cooling tower in New Zealand. In addition, he has advised the New Zealand Historic Places Trust on a variety of conservation projects. Dr Dowrick is the author of over 70 publications, including four editions of books on earthquake engineering. He has received five awards, four for earthquake engineering papers plus the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Telford Gold Medal for his paper on York Minster. He has been made a life member of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering.