FEMA154 - Memphis,TN - May 25, 2010 Print E-mail

FEMA 154
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards
Memphis, Tennessee - May 25, 2010

Rapid Visual Screening of Building for Potential Seismic Hazards (RVS) was developed by FEMA as a pre-disaster procedure that can be implemented relatively quickly and inexpensively within a community to develop a list of potentially hazardous buildings without the high cost of a detailed seismic analysis of individual buildings.

The RVS procedure is designed to be implemented without performing structural analysis calculations. It uses a scoring system that requires the user to (1) identify the primary structural lateral-load-resisting system; and (2) identify building attributes that modify the seismic performance expected of this lateral-load-resisting system. The inspection, data collection, and decision-making process typically will occur at the building site, taking an average of 15 to 30 minutes per building (30 minutes to one hour if access to the interior is available). Results are recorded on Data Collection Forms.  The Data Collection Form includes space for documenting building identification information, including its use and size, a photograph of the building, sketches, and documentation of pertinent data related to seismic performance, including the development of a numeric seismic hazard score. 

If a building receives a high score (i.e., above a specified cut-off score, the building is considered to have adequate seismic resistance. If a building receives a low score on the basis of this RVS procedure, it should be evaluated by a professional engineer having experience or training in seismic design. On the basis of this detailed inspection, engineering analyses, and other detailed procedures, a final determination of the need for rehabilitation can be made.

Who Should Attend - Individuals with at least 5 years of experience in general building design, construction, or inspection, OR other individuals that are interested in learning more about the rapid visual screening process. 

The Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its sponsoring partners are pleased to invite you to a FREE, one day training on the basic principles of building evaluations for earthquakes. This training will will provide potential inspectors and new trainers material needed to comprehend –

Earthquake Hazard Overview

Structural Basics

Building Behavior

Rapid Visual Screening

Evaluation of Structures

Data Collection Forms

Sidewalk Survey (weather permitting) and more!

This training is being sponsored by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium,  the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water, and State Farm Insurance.  We would like to thank all of the sponsoring partners for making this event possible.


This event is full.  The registration period is closed for this workshop. 
Should we have a vacancy, you can sign up to be placed on a waiting list here

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Registration Fee:  Free, there is no charge for this workshop.  This workshop is funded through a grant from the Federal Government.

Date & Time
May 25, 2010
8:30AM - 4:30PM

MLGW Joyce M. Blackmon Training Center
4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road
Memphis, Tennessee
Directions: Click here for Directions

For More Information
Brian Blake
Program Coordinator
Central US Earthquake Consortium
Phone:  (901) 544-3570

Suggested Local Hotels
Near Poplar Avenue and I-240:
Embassy Suites: (901) 684-1777
Hampton Inn and Suites: (901) 762-0056
Holiday Inn Select: (901) 682-7881
Hilton Memphis: (901) 684-6664
Park Place Hotel:  (901) 767-6300
* Please call ahead to ensure hotel reservations.