Post-Earthquake Quick Inspection of Damaged Buildings in Bam Earthquake of 26 December 2003

Document Type : Structural Earthquake Engineering




A procedure developed for quick inspection of buildings in earthquake damaged areas of Bam by a group of volunteer engineers is introduced. The procedure is applied to 550 masonry, steel and reinforced concrete buildings. Distribution and statistics of the buildings characteristics such as their use, number of stories, penthouse and stairs damages, type of material and structural systems and type of diaphragms are determined. The information has provided important data about the design, detailing and construction deficiencies of common types of buildings in Bam.