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WHE-PAGER Project: A new initiative in estimating global building inventory and its seismic vulnerability

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquake’s Response (PAGER) Project and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s World Housing Encyclopedia (WHE) are creating a global database of building stocks and their earthquake vulnerability. The WHE already represents a growing, community-developed public database of global housing and its detailed structural characteristics. It currently contains more than 135 reports on particular housing types in 40 countries. The WHE-PAGER effort extends the WHE in several ways: (1) by addressing non-residential construction; (2) by quantifying the prevalence of each building type in both rural and urban areas; (3) by addressing day and night occupancy patterns, (4) by adding quantitative vulnerability estimates from judgment or statistical observation; and (5) by analytically deriving alternative vulnerability estimates using in part laboratory testing.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title WHE-PAGER Project: A new initiative in estimating global building inventory and its seismic vulnerability
Year Published 2008
Language English
Publisher World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title The 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering
Country United States