Experience from recent earthquakes has shown that correctly designed concrete structures can survive such natural disasters without significant loss of strength. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently released its “Seismic Detailing of Concrete Buildings” manual that details the requirements for concrete structures in earthquake-prone areas. Numerous tables and figures illustrate the provisions for components in buildings located in regions of moderate- and high-seismic risk.

A supplemental CD with electronic files prepared by the PCA is included to help further explain seismic detailing of concrete structures. These files provide reinforcement details for beams, columns, two-way slabs, walls, and foundations that meet the ACI 318 seismic provisions. For more on the publication, visit www.cement.org/bookstore.