Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

6508

Date

2019

Date of Award

11-4-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Civil Engineering

Concentration

Structural Engineering

Committee Chair

Shahram Pezeshk

Committee Member

Charles Camp

Committee Member

Chris Cramer

Abstract

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.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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