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New "Risk-Targeted" Seismic Maps Introduced into Building Codes

January 1, 2012

Throughout most municipalities of the United States, structural engineers design new buildings using the U.S.-focused International Building Code (IBC). Updated editions of the IBC are published every 3 years. The latest edition (2012) contains new "risk-targeted maximum considered earthquake" (MCER) ground motion maps, which are enabling engineers to incorporate a more consistent and better defined level of seismic safety into their building designs.

Publication Year 2012
Title New "Risk-Targeted" Seismic Maps Introduced into Building Codes
Authors Nicholas Luco, B. Garrett, J. Hayes
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Index ID 70045071
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geologic Hazards Science Center