FREE! FEMA P-58 Series and Training Seminar

ATC is pleased to announce the availability of the FEMA P-58 Series, Seismic Performance Assessment of Buildings, Methodology and Implementation, prepared by the Applied Technology Council (ATC) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

This training seminar will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, and will provide an overview of the newly available FEMA P-58 tools and guidance for design, examples on simplified and detailed implementation of the methodology, and information on the expected performance of code-conforming buildings.

Registration for this event can be done independently through this page, or as an option when registering for the SEAOC Convention here.  Registration for the convention is not a requirement to attend this seminar.

The ATC team dispatched to Chile to investigate the effects of the February 27, 2010 magnitude-8.8 earthquake that caused widespread damage arrived in Chile on March 28, 2010 and ended its trip on April 3, 2010.  The team consisted of Ramon Gilsanz (ATC Board President) of Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP, New York City, Bret Lizundia of Rutherford & Chekene, San Francisco, John Price of Curry Price Court, San Diego, and Christopher Rojahn (ATC Executive Director) of Redwood City, California.  The purpose of the trip was to observe the effects of the earthquake on buildings, with the goal of developing new information that can be used to improve engineering practice and perhaps revise and update the engineering guidelines and applications, including guidance on emergency response, that ATC has developed to date.

The team visited the towns of Santiago, Rancagua, San Fernando, Nancagua, Santa Cruz, Peralillo, Poblacion, Pumanque, Lolol, Curico, Talca, Constitucion, Chanco, Pelluhue, Concepcion, Talcahuano, and Vina del Mar where they met with several engineers, observed damaged and undamaged buildings, and, in some communities, interviewed local citizens.  You can read a summary of the team’s initial observations here.


ATC Team Member Bret Lizundia inspects damage to adobe building in Chile


What's New?

What's New? The ATC Hazards by Location website allows the user to find site-specific basic wind speeds, ground snow loads, tornado design wind loads, and seismic loads used in the standards published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, and International Building Code. This website was developed with the financial help of the ATC Endowment Fund, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), and Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and is free of charge to users.

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Available Products. The library of completed ATC products includes more than 100 publications on key issues in structural, earthquake, wind, and coastal engineering.  Some are available as free downloads and others can be purchased through ATC’s newly updated online store.   More…

Projects. With funding from various government agencies and the ATC Endowment Fund, ATC is actively engaged in a broad range of funded technical projects to mitigate the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment.

Events. Periodically ATC conducts seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, and other meetings to document and advance the state of structural engineering practice and to identify research needs.  Registration for these events can be made through the “Events” section of this website.  ATC also has the ability to provide an instructor to conduct your ATC-20 and ATC-45 in-person trainings, and information about these options is available under On Demand Training in the Product menu above.