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Updated ASCE book covers seismic design for industrial facilities

March 12, 2020

In the area of new design, the book emphasizes the interpretation of building codes' intent.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the third edition of Seismic Evaluation and Design of Petrochemical and Other Industrial Facilities, which offers safety recommendations for new and existing facilities during and following and earthquake.

Prepared by a task committee within ASCE’s energy division, the book interprets the intent of building codes and then goes beyond them with practical guidance for new design details and considerations. For existing facilities, meanwhile, it presents evaluation methodologies based on experiences with past earthquakes to address seismic vulnerabilities not covered by building codes.

Intended for structural design engineers, the book also contains background information relating to seismic safety, such as contingency planning and post-quake damage assessment. To purchase online, visit the ASCE bookstore.



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