Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards

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The Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) handbook can be used by trained personnel to identify, inventory, and screen buildings that are potentially seismically vulnerable. The RVS procedure comprises a method and several forms that help users to quickly identify, inventory, and score buildings according to their risk of collapse if hit by major earthquakes. The RVS handbook describes how to identify the structural type and key weakness characteristics, how to complete the screening forms, and how to manage a successful RVS program.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfRapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook. Third Edition (FEMA P-154)

The third edition of the Handbook (FEMA P-154) includes extensive updates, including improvements in the methodology, the screening forms, and the underlying scoring; the addition of a more detailed professional screening option (level 2 screening); new quick reference guides with extensive figures illustrating important building characteristics; an electronic scoring option; and guidance on how to administer an effective screening program. The FEMA P-154 CD contains PowerPoint slides with instructor notes; the RVS Student Manual (FEMA 154SM); data collection forms; and PDF and text file versions of FEMA P-154 (both FEMA P-154 and FEMA P-155 include the FEMA P-154 CD).

49.99MJanuary 1, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfRapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: Supporting Documentation. Third Edition (FEMA P-155)

The third edition of the Supporting Documentation (FEMA P-155) describes the technical background and process used to update the Handbook and the revisions considered and conclusions reached. Extensive detail is also provided in FEMA P-155 on the third edition scoring and associated risk.

5.36MJanuary 1, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfThird Edition Print Publication Order Form (Hardcopy)

The third edition of the RVS Handbook (FEMA P-154), Supporting Documentation (FEMA P-155), and CD (FEMA P-154 CD) are available from the FEMA Distribution Center. To place your order by phone, call 1-800-480-2520 (M-F: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST). To place your order by fax or email, download this order form.

114.92KFebruary 4, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfRapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook. Second Edition
14.57MMarch 1, 2002
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248.92KMarch 1, 2002
Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook. Second Edition
March 1, 2002
PowerPoint slides with instructor notes; RVS Student Manual (FEMA 154SM); data collection forms; and FEMA 154
March 1, 2002
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