Ground motion evaluation procedures for performance-based design

Jonathan P. Stewart*, Shyh Jeng Chiou, Jonathan D. Bray, Robert W. Graves, Paul G. Somerville, Norman A. Abrahamson

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The objective of performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE) is the analysis of performance objectives with a specified annual probability of exceedance. Increasingly undesirable performance is caused by increasing levels of strong ground motion having decreasing annual probabilities of exceedance. Accordingly, the evaluation of ground motion intensity measures is a vital component of PBEE. This paper provides a brief synthesis of ground motion analysis procedures within a performance-based design framework, and is a summary of a recent report to which the reader is referred for details. The principal topics addressed are probabilistic characterizations of source, path, and site effects, with the discussion of these effects focusing principally on applications in active regions such as California.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-772
Number of pages8
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Issue number9-12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Intensity measure
  • Performance-based earkquake engineering
  • Probalistics seismic hazard analyses


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