Internet based seismic vulnerability assessment Software development for R/C buildings

Yalım, Barış
Structural evaluation and seismic vulnerability assessment of Reinforced Concrete (R/C) buildings have especially become the focus of many researches in Turkey and abroad especially after the August 17, 1999 earthquake causing major life and property losses. A devastating earthquake being expected in Istanbul-Marmara region raises many questions on how well the existing buildings are constructed and whether they can stand a major earthquake. Evaluation of existing buildings for seismic vulnerability requires time consuming input preparation (pre-processing), modelling, and post processing of analysis results. The objective of the study is to perform automated seismic vulnerability assessment of existing R/C buildings automatically over the internet by asking internet users to enter their building related data, and streamlining the modelling-analysis-reporting phases by intelligent programming. The internet based assessment tool is prepared for two levels of complexity: (a) the detailed level targets to carry out seismic evaluation of the buildings using a linear structural analysis software developed for this study; (b) the simplified level produces seismic evaluation index for buildings, based on simple and easy to enter general building information which can be entered by any person capable of using an internet browser. Detailed level evaluation program includes a user friendly interface between the internet user and analysis software, which will enable data entry, database management, and online evaluation/reporting of R/C buildings. Building data entered by numerous users over the internet will also enable formation of an extensive database of buildings located all around Turkey. 36 buildings from Düzce damage database, generated by the cooperation of Scientific and Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) and Structural Engineering Research Unit (SERU) after the 17


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Citation Formats
B. Yalım, “Internet based seismic vulnerability assessment Software development for R/C buildings,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.