Mike Mieler and Judy Mitrani-Reiser recently published an article in the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering that holistically reviews the state of the art in assessing earthquake-induced loss of functionality in buildings. The article, “Review of the State of the Art in Assessing Earthquake-Induced Loss of Functionality in Buildings,” describes how downtime within the built infrastructure can generate enormous social, political, and economic impacts that cascade through a community across space and time. Consequently, engineers play a critical role in mitigating these cascading, multiscale earthquake impacts.
The article draws upon previous work funded by PEER, including Dr. Mieler’s doctoral research investigating the implications of seismic performance objectives in current building codes on overall community resilience and recovery following major earthquakes, and Dr. Mitrani-Reiser’s work of integrating loss-of-building function, by occupancy type, into PEER’s performance-based earthquake engineering framework.
The link to download the paper for free for a limited time, courtesy of the ASCE Library, is: http://www.smartbrief.com/branded/91F4B281-2E1D-4492-AC81-F51EDC8C14C3/F901CF84-EEED-4DE1-8501-B69E27ACD415?launched=true