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This webinar will feature a presentation on tsunami design,
specifically the upcoming provisions in ASCE 7-16 (IBC-2018). Over the last
decade the world has seen four major tsunamis strike populated areas around the
globe, all four causing massive loss of life and property. Even most recently,
in the 2011 Tohoku event which occurred in a region that has experienced many
tsunamis, there was significant loss of life and damage to most infrastructure.
That being said, some structures that were adequately designed for tsunami
loads performed very well, proving that tsunami resistant buildings are
feasible. Here in the United States, local jurisdictions have begun to place
more emphasis on planning for a major tsunami event by expanding beyond
evacuation routes to planning for the event more comprehensively. However under
current code in the United States (IBC 2015 and before) we do not design for
tsunamis however in 2011, ASCE commissioned a subcommittee to begin putting
together a set of provisions to be included in ASCE 7. The result is the new
Chapter 6 for the 2016 edition of ASCE 7 which provides design loads for
tsunamis. These loads will allow engineers to design structures to help
communities to begin to develop tsunami resistant infrastructure. These provisions
will contain requirements that will be very different than other loading such
as wind or seismic. The presentation will include background on tsunami
behavior, overview of recent events, background on the development of the
provisions, an overarching summary of the provisions, and some brief design