2018 report on incorporating sedimentary basin response into the design of tall buildings in Seattle, Washington

Open-File Report 2018-1149
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Abstract

On March 22, 2018, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) convened a workshop of engineers and seismologists to provide guidance on incorporating sedimentary basin response into the design of tall buildings in Seattle. This workshop provided recommendations that build on those from a March 2013 workshop (Chang and others, 2014), primarily based on new results from 3-D simulations of magnitude (M) 9 Cascadia earthquakes (The M9 Project). Susan Chang, a geotechnical engineer with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, organized and led the workshop; Art Frankel (USGS) assisted in constructing the agenda.

The workshop agenda and attendees are provided in the appendix. The attendees represented a wide range of expertise, including seismologists with expertise in ground motions and basin response, geotechnical engineers, and structural engineers. Their professional experience included working on local projects related to the design of long-period structures; peer reviewing ground motions for performance-based design of high-rises in Seattle; researching basin response in academic, government and industry settings; developing ground motion models; and representing local and national structural engineering organizations. In this report, we summarize the technical presentations, key discussion points, and recommendations from the workshop.

Suggested Citation

Wirth, E.A., Chang, S.W., and Frankel, A.D., 2018, 2018 report on incorporating sedimentary basin response into the design of tall buildings in Seattle, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1149, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181149.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Presentations
  • Discussion
  • Recommendations by the Workshop Participants
  • References Cited
  • Appendix

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title 2018 report on incorporating sedimentary basin response into the design of tall buildings in Seattle, Washington
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2018-1149
DOI 10.3133/ofr20181149
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Description iv, 19 p.
Country United States
State Washington
City Seattle
Online Only (Y/N) Y