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.
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)
|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|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Earthquake Science Center|
|Description||iv, 19 p.|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|