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Guidelines on Utilization of Simulated Ground Motions for Engineering Building Response Applications

Ting Lin, Sanaz Rezaeian, Nicolas Luco, Gregory Deierlein, Jack W. Baker, & Farzin Zareian

In Preparation 2020, SCEC Contribution #10791

This paper provides guidelines on the utilization of simulated earthquake ground motion time series for engineering building response applications based on research conducted in the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Ground Motion Simulation Validation (GMSV) Technical Activity Group. The emphasis here is on how to use simulated motions for building response studies once a target response spectrum is developed. The recent validation of ground motion simulations, especially for complex system response and site-specific spatial extent, provides the basis towards utilization. This work connects SCEC and other ground motion simulations to practical applications for code-based and performance-based engineering analyses of building responses. To illustrate the appropriateness of simulations for the intended usage, engineering application examples are demonstrated with documented SCEC data products. With this backdrop, we show what simulations are most useful for, what they can and cannot do, with best practices to encourage broader utilization of simulated motions in the engineering community.

Lin, T., Rezaeian, S., Luco, N., Deierlein, G., Baker, J. W., & Zareian, F. (2020). Guidelines on Utilization of Simulated Ground Motions for Engineering Building Response Applications. Earthquake Spectra, (in preparation).

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Ground Motion Simulation Validation