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Strengthening School Buildings Against Earthquakes

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

This course outlines the earthquake risk to schools and the processes and methods that can be used to reduce it. An explanation of the nature and probability of earthquakes is provided, together with procedures for determining the earthquake threat to specific locations. An assessment of the scope and effectiveness of seismic building codes is followed by an explanation of how to evaluate the vulnerability of a school building. Current methods of designing for seismic resistance in new buildings and upgrading existing buildings lead to a discussion on determining acceptable risk and the use of performance-based design to achieve community objectives in providing for seismic safety.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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