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NEHRP Office

Welcome

NIST is designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This Office supports the NEHRP Secretariat Office, which coordinates the NEHRP research and implementation activities for the four NEHRP agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). 

The four NEHRP agencies work in close coordination to improve the Nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects. The missions of the four agencies are complementary, and the agencies work together to improve our understanding, characterization, and assessment of hazards and vulnerabilities; improve model building codes and land use practices; reduce risks through post-earthquake investigations and education; improve design and construction techniques; improve the capacity of government at all levels and the private sector to reduce and manage earthquake risk; and accelerate the application of research results. All four agencies are responsible for coordinating program activities with similar activities in other countries.

For more information on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, go to http://www.nehrp.gov/.

Programs/Projects

National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Coordination Project—This is an annually renewed project that supports NIST's Lead Agency coordination of National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) research and implementation activities, as well as …

Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings and Infrastructure Program—The program develops advances in measurement science related to earthquake engineering, including performance-based tools, guidelines, and standards for designing buildings to resist earthquake …

Validation of ASCE 41 Procedures in PBSE—Structural engineers are increasingly using Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE), instead of building code-based prescriptive procedures, in the design of new buildings in earthquake-prone …

Collapse Assessment of Buildings under Seismic Loading Project—NIST recently completed a multi-year study of three structural steel framing systems to evaluate the correlation between ASCE/SEI 7 (ASCE 2010) and ASCE/SEI 41 (ASCE 2014), as a part of its studies …

NEHRP Extramural Research Project—Research performed by the EL Earthquake Engineering Group (EEG) consists of a combination of in-house and extramural research. The extramural research is currently performed by the Applied …

Stability of Steel Wide-Flange Beam-Columns in Seismic Loading Project—In recent years, structural engineers have begun using deep, slender wide-flange structural steel shapes as "beam-columns" in multi-story buildings in earthquake-prone areas. "Deep" indicates large …

Assessment of Available Collapse Simulation Methods for Use in Performance-Based Seismic Engineering Project—While it is a key aspect of structural analyses that support current Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE), "structural collapse" is not clearly defined or directly simulated in the PBSE …

Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) for New Buildings Project—Structural collapse demand and capacity are not clearly defined or directly simulated in current Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) methodology. Collapse is currently "assessed" …

Seismic Response of Reinforced Concrete Walls Project—This project includes two critical problem-focused tasks in Performance Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE): (1) the evaluation of reinforced concrete wall models used in high-fidelity nonlinear …

 
Contact

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John R. Hayes, Jr., Director
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)
john.hayes@nist.gov