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ASCE Seeks Committee Members for New Shake-Table Testing Standard for Nonstructural Components

Reston, Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is seeking members for the development of a national consensus standard governing shake-table testing for nonstructural components. The intent of the standard is to complement the building code provisions for special certification requirements for designated seismic systems where required by ASCE 7. The standard developers intend to provide commentary to show how shake-table testing per ICC-ES AC 156 can be shown to be equivalent to this new standard.

Users of the standard would include, but not be limited to, design professionals, building officials, test laboratories, equipment vendors and building owners.

In recent years, the engineering community has paid greater attention to the vulnerability of nonstructural components during seismic events. The proposed standard will aim to improve the performance of critical nonstructural components thereby enhancing the resilience of essential buildings and other critical infrastructure subjected to damaging earthquakes.

Interested parties may submit an application to join this new committee via For more information, please contact James Neckel, Codes and Standards Coordinator.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, graded America’s cumulative GPA for infrastructure at a D+. The Report Card app for Apple and Android devices includes videos, interactive maps and info-graphics that tell the story behind the grades, as well as key facts for all 50 states. For more information, visit