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Manual for Seismic and Windstorm Evaluation of Existing Concrete Buildings for Dominican Republic (NIST IR 6867)



Hai S. Lew, Emil Simiu, John L. Gross


This manual is prepared for seismic and winds hazards evaluation of reinforced concrete buildings in the Dominican Republic. The evaluation procedures presented in this manual can be applied to any ordinary cast-in-place concrete buildings, but are directed mainly to the evaluation of critical facilities such as hospitals, fire stations, communication centers, and emergency response centers. The procedures identify potential deficiencies in existing buildings that pose risks to human life. Additional evaluation guidance is given for immediate occupancy of buildings after a seismic and windstorm event. The evaluation examines through a series of checklists potential weak links in structural systems, foundations, nonstructural systems, and site geology. The evaluation covers three different types of buildings: moment resisting frame buildings, shear wall buildings, and moment frames with infill walls. The manual provides two examples that illustrate the use of the evaluation procedure for two critical facilities in the Dominican Republic that were determined to be structurally inadequate.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6867
Report Number


building technology, concrete buildings, earthquake, evaluation, immediate occupancy, life safety, moment frames, shear walls, windstorm


Lew, H. , Simiu, E. and Gross, J. (2002), Manual for Seismic and Windstorm Evaluation of Existing Concrete Buildings for Dominican Republic (NIST IR 6867), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created April 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017