Now Available! FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report

The joint FEMA P-2090/ NIST SP-1254 Special Report, Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time, is available for immediate download.  This report was requested by Congress as part of the most recent National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) reauthorization, and is the work of a Committee of Experts including more than 30 individuals from federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, disaster management professional associations, engineering professional associations, and professional construction and homebuilding industry associations.

The report provides options in the form of recommendations, tasks, and alternatives for improving the built environment to increase resilience and reduce the impacts of future natural hazard events.  It includes one overarching recommendation and six additional supporting recommendations. Across all recommendations, there are 17 tasks identifying necessary actions and nine possible alternative actions needed for implementation.  Finally, the report includes an assessment of the recommendations and describes a path forward for implementation.  

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March 27, 2002

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The Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), State University of New York at Buffalo, are pleased to announce the ATC-17-2 Seminar on Response Modification Technologies for Performance-Based Seismic Design, the third in a series of seminars first held in San Francisco in 1986. The seminar will focus on seismic isolation, energy dissipation, active and semi-active control systems, and the use of new materials in structural response modification. It will be held May 30-31, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles. The purpose of the 2-day seminar is to present a comprehensive picture of the state of practice and current research on response modification technologies for performance-based seismic design, including future directions.

Seminar Program

The seminar program has been developed for design professionals, regulators, researchers, manufacturers and contractors, owners, and facility managers. The program will include papers on planned and completed applications, including new structures as well as rehabilitated existing structures -- corporate facilities, hospitals, data centers, emergency operation centers, large bridges, and other structures. Download the PDF version of the Seminar Program here. Last updated: May 28, 2002. (Be sure to press the 'Reset' or 'Refresh' button in your browser to make sure you get the current version rather than the one that may be cached on your system, as this file is being constantly updated)

Themes and topics to be addressed include:

  • case studies of current and future applications summarizing project information and important issues (e.g., function, number, description, and size of devices and systems used; codes and guidelines followed; analysis approach; performance goals; design ground motions; peer review; permitting; economic analysis; and problems encountered),
  • summaries of recent research,
  • future directions in the development and application of devices and systems, and
  • emerging technical and policy issues, including barriers to implementation.


For registration information, download a PDF version of the Second Announcement: Program and Registration Information brochure.

Exhibit Space

An exhibition space is planned and exhibits are encouraged. To reserve an Exhibition space, download a PDF version of the Exhibitor Registration form and Map. The map contains an up-to-date list of all reserved and available exhibition space. Last updated: May 13, 2002.

Field Trip

A field trip is also planned. Download a PDF version of the detailed field trip information, cost, and sign-up forms here. Last updated: May 28, 2002.