Date of Award
Master of Science
West Tennessee is a seismically active area. However, West Tennessee has been building structures long before strides in earthquake engineering. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed a procedure, Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) Method, to quickly determine if a structure is likely to suffer major damage from earthquake or not by documenting aspects of the structure and its site and then calculating a score for the building that indicates the seismic vulnerability of the structure. A more sophisticated government software called Hazus-MH was developed to produce results with five damage categories: None, Slight, Moderate, Extensive, and Complete. It costs more to run Hazus-MH as opposed to the RVS Method. The West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission has funded a project for The University of Memphis to assess the seismic resistance of West Tennessee school buildings.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Moore, Christine Maurice, "Assessment of The Seismic Vulnerability of West Tennessee School Buildings" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2043.