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Development of NIST Measurement Science R&D Roadmap: Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings



John Hooper, William Holmes, Jack Moehle, C.B. Crouse, Robert Pekelnicky, James Harris


This report has been prepared by the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences to assist the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in planning future research efforts related to seismic safety for new and existing buildings. This report used, as its starting point, research recommendations from the Applied Technology Council (ATC), National Research Council, BSSC and NIST. This report identifies further research activities and funding levels recommended for NIST to pursue for years 0-3, for years 3-5, and for years 5-8. With the guidance of a Project Technical Committee comprising practitioners and academics, BSSC used the reports and experience from ATC and other sources to develop six lists of potential research topics pertinent to future research. The six topic lists are 1. Design Methodologies; 2. Geotechnical and Ground Motion; 3. Performance-Based Seismic Design; 4. Structural Material and Systems; 5. Nonstructural Systems; and 6. New Systems. Using these six research topics as a basis, BSSC planned and conducted a two-day workshop of the industry's leading academics and practitioners, with the aim of forming a priority list of issues within the six topics along with estimated funding levels. This report summarizes background information and findings from the two-day workshop, and presents the findings in the form of a Measurement Science R&D Roadmap for Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) - 13-917-23
Report Number


NEHRP, BSSC, Roadmap, Research Needs, Research and Development


Hooper, J. , Holmes, W. , Moehle, J. , Crouse, C. , Pekelnicky, R. and Harris, J. (2013), Development of NIST Measurement Science R&D Roadmap: Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created January 15, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017