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The purpose of this document is to provide insights about structural engineering services in regions where there is a seismic hazard. This document shares key design considerations as well as business practice considerations. Numerous resources are available that provide a much more exhaustive and advanced technical presentation of important considerations when designing for earthquakes. Someone new to designing for earthquakes should consider taking a course in structural dynamics and seismic engineering whether from a university or some other
provider such as ASCE or NCSEA.

Most state or local building codes in effect across the United States have seismic design requirements, which may still govern certain aspects of a design even in regions with low seismicity or when wind controls. For example, the design of the primary lateral force-resisting system.

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September 7, 2022

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