A Guide to Seismic Design & Detailing of Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia


A Guide to Seismic Design & Detailing of Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia

S. Munter, BE (Hons) FIE Aust CPEng NPER, Executive Director, Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia, scott.munter@sria.com.au

J. Woodside BEng, MEng Sci, F.I.E.Aust, F.A.S.C.E, F.I.C.E, F.I Struc.E, NPER, Principal, J Woodside Consulting Pty Ltd, Adelaide, j.woodside@bigpond.com

P. McBean BE (Hons), FIEAust, CPEng, NPER, Joint Managing Director Wallbridge & Gilbert, Adelaide, pmcbean@wgeng.com


A Guide on the Seismic Detailing of Reinforced Concrete Buildings in Australia was published in 1995 by the SIRA. There have been two revisions of AS 3600 and a new version of AS 1170.4 since then. A new updated Guide is to be published in 2015.

Since the mid 1990s there have also been significant advances in the analysis of buildings and earthquake design methods which have improved through advances in research, combined with the evaluation of actual performance during seismic events. AS 3600 provides Australian designers with earthquake design rules to meet the typically lower seismicity of Australia.

The fundamental principle of concrete design is that the design and the detailing of steel reinforcement for concrete are inseparable. This ensures that the structure will respond under seismic actions in the manner for which it has been designed. The overall aim of the new Guide is to provide cost effective, simple design solutions with practical detailing information under seismic loadings.

Keywords: Seismic design concrete, design and detailing for seismic loads, reinforcement

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