Seismic instrumentation of buildings

Open-File Report 2000-157



The purpose of this report is to provide information on how and why we deploy seismic instruments in and around building structures. The recorded response data from buildings and other instrumented structures can be and are being primarily used to facilitate necessary studies to improve building codes and therefore reduce losses of life and property during damaging earthquakes. Other uses of such data can be in emergency response situations in large urban environments. The report discusses typical instrumentation schemes, existing instrumentation programs, the steps generally followed in instrumenting a structure, selection and type of instruments, installation and maintenance requirements and data retrieval and processing issues. In addition, a summary section on how recorded response data have been utilized is included. The benefits from instrumentation of structural systems are discussed.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Seismic instrumentation of buildings
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2000-157
DOI 10.3133/ofr00157
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description 37 p.
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