An overview of the redevelopment of the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (SRIA) publication on Seismic Detailing for Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia.
The original SRIA publication on the Seismic Detailing for Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia was released in 1995.
The speakers, Scott Munter and Eric Lume of SRIA, will provide an overview of its redevelopment into a new Seismic Guide covering both design and detailing enabling cost effective, simple design solutions by giving the designer the practical detailing information to efficiently determine requirements for the overall structural performance under seismic loadings. The Guide supports graduate, practicing engineers with little seismic experience and senior engineers requiring refreshment.
Since 1995 there have been a number of revisions to the primary Standards AS 3600 Concrete structures and AS 1170.4 Earthquake actions in Australia, plus significant advances in the analysis software for buildings. The understanding of earthquake design has improved through advances in research and actual seismic performance. Most Australian commercial buildings are cast insitu reinforced concrete, designed and detailed to comply with AS 3600 design rules, for regions of lower seismicity, deeming the structure to have adequate ductility as a life safety measure.
Technology and reduced design times can shift the focus away from the vital reinforcement detailing phase. The fundamental principle of concrete design is that the design and the detailing are inseparable. The Guide explains how seismic performance is greatly improved by focusing on the structural systems and ensuring appropriate detailing of the various reinforced concrete components.