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TitleSeismic hazard estimation in Canada and its contribution to the Canadian building code: implications for code development in countries such as Australia
AuthorAdams, J
SourceAustralian Journal of Structural Engineering vol. 11, no. 3, 2011 p. 267-281
Year2011
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20100426
PublisherEngineers Australia
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper
File formatpdf
ProvinceCanada; British Columbia; Alberta; Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Yukon; Nunavut
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Lat/Long WENS-141.0000 -50.0000 90.0000 41.7500
Subjectsgeophysics; environmental geology; building codes; seismic risk
Illustrationssketch maps
ProgramCanadian Hazard Information Service, Canadian Hazard Information Service
LinksOnline - En ligne
AbstractSeismic design provisions of national building codes aim to save lives and reduce losses from future earthquakes. The provisions need to be based on reliable seismic hazard maps, the generation of which is a challenge in low-seismicity regions such as eastern Canada and Australia, and which contain inherently-large uncertainties. A process is needed to incorporate the hazard values into design provisions, and this is best done through continual code improvements occurring within an on-going national code committee. Building codes need to balance the benefits against the costs, and so the improvements are aided by crude risk assessments (to focus the effort where the risk is greatest) together with crude cost-benefit analyses. Most codes become more stringent to match evolving societal goals, and while the cost of increased code requirements may be strongly resisted by some groups, they may also be economically justified (present cost versus future loss). The seismic provisions of national building codes tend to focus on new, engineered "large" buildings but may not provide comparable benefits to new "small" buildings and are unlikely to reduce risk in existing buildings, even though damage to these may represent the major loss in moderate-magnitude urban earthquakes like the 1989 Newcastle earthquake. Additional and different strategies are therefore needed to complement existing code activities.
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