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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The Applied Technology Council (ATC) would like to express its deepest sympathies over the loss of life and property in Mexico as a result of the recent earthquakes.  In support of ongoing U.S. Government-funded research and development projects in earthquake engineering, the ATC Endowment Fund is sponsoring a team of experts to investigate the performance of buildings in Mexico City following the September 19, 2017 magnitude-7.1 earthquake.  Although our focus is on engineering issues, we are cognizant of ongoing response and recovery efforts.  Through investigations such as this, we hope to contribute to the state-of-knowledge for avoiding losses in future earthquakes, both in the United States and internationally.

Led by Ramon Gilsanz (U.S. on-site leader), Sissy Nikolaou (U.S. off-site coordinator), and Rodolfo Valles Mattox (Mexico on-site leader), the team includes structural engineers, building instrumentation researchers, and geotechnical and seismology specialists from around the world.  The team will be charged with collecting detailed information on structural design, vibration properties, site and seismological characteristics, strong ground motion records, and performance of engineered reinforced concrete structures that are relevant to ongoing ATC projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  It is anticipated that this data collection effort will allow for comprehensive follow-up studies in ways that have rarely, if ever, been possible before. 

This work will be used to assist in the calibration and contribute to the further development of methodologies, guidelines, and standards for seismic performance assessment applicable to concrete buildings in the United States and internationally.

Engineering firms and research institutions participating in the team include:

  • Gilsanz Murray Steficek, New York
  • WSP, New York, Miami, Mexico
  • Degenkolb Engineers, San Francisco
  • Forell/Elsesser Engineers, San Francisco
  • IDS Group, Irvine
  • Rutherford + Chekene, San Francisco
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Greenwich, UK
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

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Recently Released Reports

September 19, 2017 Puebla-Morelos, Mexico Earthquake: Seismological and Structural Observations by the ATC Reconnaissance Team

The ATC-141 report documents the findings of the field team, including observation of earthquake effects for 70 buildings, microtremors recorded using monitoring instruments at 7 buildings, and a compilation of processed ground motion recordings from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and CIRES (Center of Instrumentation and Seismic Records). This report also serves as a reference to two papers approved for publication in Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Spectra Journal.


CEA-EDA-01,  Earthquake Damage Assessment and Repair Guidelines for Residential Wood-Frame Buildings, Volume 1 – General Guidelines

This two-volume series describes the process of identifying, evaluating, and repairing common earthquake damage in typical residential wood-frame houses and is intended to increase the efficiency, consistency, and reliability of the earthquake damage assessment and repair process. Volume 1 (CEA-EDA-01) is intended to be used by insurance claim representatives, building contractors, homeowners, and others familiar with construction and repair. 


CEA-EDA-02, Earthquake Damage Assessment and Repair Guidelines for Residential Wood-Frame Buildings, Volume 2 – Engineering Guidelines

Volume 2 (CEA-EDA-02) is intended to be used by structural and geotechnical engineers, and others with relevant technical experience. The Guidelines help users create a conceptual scope of repair for a wood-frame house damaged by an earthquake.


Proceedings: FEMA-Sponsored Summit on Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in Utah

The Applied Technology Council is pleased to announce the availability for free of ATC-137-2, Proceedings: FEMA-Sponsored Summit on Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in Utah presents the summit agenda, include slides from the plenary presentations, and summarize the themes expressed during the breakout discussions. 


FEMA P-530, Earthquake Safety at Home

Half of all Americans live in areas subject to earthquake risk, and most Americans will travel to seismically active regions in their lifetime. FEMA P-530, Earthquake Safety at Home, shows readers why earthquakes matter where they live, and how they can Prepare, Protect, Survive, Respond, Recover, and Repair in response to an earthquake.