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Title: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seismic Strong-Motion Instrumentation Program
Authors: Ballard, Robert F.
Grau, Tina H.
Keywords: Accelerograph
Dam safety
Earthquake engineering
Earthquake instrumentation
Earthquake measurement
Earthquake analysis
Seismic safety criteria
Seismic hazard
Remote sensing
Publisher: Geotechnical Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; GL-98-25.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report is an expanded, updated version of a paper presented and published in the proceedings of the 1993 National Earthquake Conference held May 3-5, 1993 in Memphis, TN. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) currently operates a seismic Strong-Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP) throughout the United States to provide a measure of project performance, provide insight into the safety of USACE projects, and establish a database for earthquake research. Strong-motion instruments used for SMIP consist of digital and analog accelerographs, peak acceleration recorders, and seismic alarm devices. These instruments have been placed at earth, rock, earth and rock, arch, and gravity dams owned and operated by the USACE. At present, 123 projects located in 32 states and Puerto Rico are monitored with more than 500 strong-motion instruments. The USACE network is second in size to that operated by the California Division of Mines and Geology. The purpose of this report is to present various aspects of the USACE SMIP including criteria for design of installations, recording equipment, operation, maintenance, performance to date, upgrades, future goals, and the importance of interagency cooperation. Particular attention is focused on economics and advantages associated with ultimate conversion to remotely accessed digital instrumentation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11681/13052
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