Selected Active and Recently Completed Projects

The Applied Technology Council (ATC) specializes in the conduct of funded projects to develop structural engineering applications and resources for mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment. Projects are conducted by leading available consultants and academicians from private structural engineering practice and from universities around the nation.  From 1973 through the mid-to-late 1990s, ATC focused primarily on the development of new methods and guidelines for earthquake hazard reduction, effectively defining the technical basis for earthquake engineering practice in the United States. Reports prepared during those early decades included seminal documents for (1) the seismic design of new buildings and bridges, (2) the seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings, (3) the evaluation and repair of earthquake damaged buildings, and (4) earthquake damage and loss estimation. Since then, ATC’s focus has expanded to address compelling design issues in wind and coastal inundation hazard mitigation and blast-resistant design.

Ongoing Active Projects.  The number of ATC projects and the number of consultants involved in those projects are in a constant state of flux.  In 2010, for example, ATC was involved in 41 projects, whereas in 2011 ATC conducted 49 projects, with 342 paid consultants.  A current list of active ATC projects is available here.

Availability of Completed ATC Project Reports and Other Products.  More than 215 completed ATC project reports and products are available through the ATC Online Store.  In addition, many recently completed reports can be downloaded free of charge through this web page (by clicking on the appropriate ATC project number below, in the sidebar to the left, or in the Project menu drop box above).  Downloadable reports are available for the following recently completed, and in some cases still active, projects:

ATC-52-2 Project, Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS), City and County of San Francisco (funded by San Francisco Department of Building Inspection); six downloadable ATC reports in the series, Here TodayHere Tomorrow: The Road to Earthquake Resilience in San Francisco, are available here.

ATC-58 Project, Development of Next Generation Performance-Based Seismic Design Procedures for New and Existing Buildings (funded by FEMA;  downloadable reports include the FEMA 445 Report, Performance-Based Seismic Design Guidelines, Program Plan for New and Existing Buildings, and the FEMA 461 Report, Interim Testing Protocols for Determining the Seismic Performance Characteristics of Structural and Nonstructural Components)

ATC-63, Quantification of Building System Performance and Response Parameters (funded by FEMA; download products include the FEMA P-695 Report, Quantification of Building Seismic Performance Factors)

ATC-63-1, Development and Beta Testing of Component Equivalency Methodology, Based on Quantification of Building System Performance and Response Parameters (funded by FEMA; downloadable products include the FEMA P-795 Report, Quantification of Building Seismic Performance Factors: Component Equivalency Methodology)

ATC-67-4, Development of Mobile Technology for Seismic Hazard Evaluation of Buildings (funded by FEMA; downloadable products include the ROVER smart phone application for (1) FEMA 154 Pre-earthquake Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards, and (2) ATC-20 Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings)

ATC-71, Update of Seismic Rehabilitation Guidance: Program Definition and Guidance Development (funded by FEMA, downloadable reports include the ATC-71 Report, NEHRP Workshop on Meeting the Challenges of Existing Buildings, in three parts:  Part 1: Workshop Proceedings, Part 2, Status Report on Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings, and Part 3, Action Plan for the FEMA Existing Buildings Program, and companion NSF-funded ATC-73 Report, NEHRP Workshop on Meeting the Challenges of Existing Buildings, Prioritized Research for Reducing the Seismic Hazards of Existing Buildings)

ATC-71-1 Project, Development of Simplified Guidance for Seismic Rehabilitation of Soft-Story Wood-Frame Buildings (funded by FEMA; publication of FEMA P-807 Report, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Multi-Unit Wood-Frame Buildings With Weak First Stories, is available here.)

ATC-75, Development of Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs) for Structural and Nonstructural Components (funded by Charles Pankow Foundation, final ATC-75 Report, Improvements to BIM Structural Software Interoperability, is now downloadable from this website here.)

ATC-79/79-1, Technical Assistance and Documentation of Case Studies, FEMA Guidelines for the Design of Structures for Vertical Evacuation From Tsunamis (funded by FEMA, final FEMA P-646 Report, Guidelines for Design of Structures for Vertical Evacuation from Tsunamis, Second Edition, is now downloadable from this website here.)

ATC-81 Project, Development of a Strategic Plan for Development of IFCs (Industry Foundation Classes) for Structural Concrete Components (funded by the Charles Pankow Foundation and the National Ready Mix Concrete Foundation, interim reports downloadable from this website)

NEHRP Consultants Joint Venture, Development of a Broad Array of Earthquake and Structural Engineering Technical Briefs, Program Plans and Technical Documents (funded by NIST; prepared by a joint venture partnership of ATC and Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, CUREE, all completed project reports are downloadable from this website)