Considerable research is under way throughout the world to establish performance-based assessment and design methodology for buildings. Japan and the United States are at the forefront of this research effort, as well as efforts to implement the research results. The U.S.-Japan Cooperative Research in Urban Earthquake Disaster Mitigation, sponsored in Japan by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, and in the U.S. by the National Science Foundation, is funding collaborative research in Japan and the U.S. The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center in the U.S. has established the development of performance-based earthquake engineering methodology as its primary mission. Because of the importance of this topic, it is timely for researchers and practitioners from the U.S. and Japan to meet to exchange technical data and ideas as well as to identify issues of mutual concern and opportunities for cooperative study.
The Fifth Workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Methodology for Reinforced Concrete Building Structures was organized to meet the needs and opportunities for research and practice in performance-based en gineering. The objectives of the workshop were threefold: (1) to discuss different perspectives on performance-based engineering as it is applied to new and existing concrete buildings in Japan and the United States; (2) to exchange the latest findings related to the same subject; and (3 ) to enhance communications and promote opportunities for new and continuing collaboration.
The Fifth Workshop was held 10 to 11 September 2003 in Hakone, Japan. It was attended by 14 Japanese and 17 U.S. participants.
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