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Research grant to further wind design of buildings

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) received a research grant in the amount of $150,000 from the Charles Pankow Foundation, which will go toward the development, writing, and publishing of the institute’s “Pre-Standard for Performance-Based Design for Wind (Pre-Standard).”

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ASCE updates its standard for retrofits in seismic zones

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently updated its guidelines for retrofits in earthquake-prone areas. The ASCE/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 41-17, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings, describes deficiency-based and systematic procedures to evaluate and retrofit existing buildings to withstand the effects of earthquakes.

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Detecting earthquakes with dark fiber

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) recently determined that dark fiber—the underground network of installed, but unused fiber-optic cables across the United States and beyond—can be employed as sensors for detecting earthquakes, the presence of groundwater, changes in permafrost conditions, and other subsurface activity.

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