Prof. Dan Frangopol, initiator and organizer of the Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series at Lehigh University, is honored to invite ATLSS faculty, staff, and students to attend the first lecture in the 2014 Series:
The Evolution of Building Design to Resist Earthquakes
JAMES R. HARRIS
Principal, J. R. Harris & Company, Denver, CO
Much of the history of the development of design approaches and building code provisions for seismic resistance in the United States is in direct response to damaging earthquakes. The early work was largely empirical. The fundamentals of an analytical mechanics approach were created in the middle of the 20th century, and over the past half century there has been a considerable amount of theoretical development and laboratory validation. The economic and social impact of large earthquakes is very consequential, and the technical aspects of the problem are challenging. Modern computing power coupled with new analytical techniques and better characterization of the demand from ground shaking are making possible much more realistic approaches to achieving the desired performance in future earthquakes.
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