Building Seismic Safety Program Guidelines and StandardsThe BSSP has adopted the following guidelines and standards:
Building Seismic Safety Program Implementation - The BSSP follows the requirements of the U.S. Department of the Interior Seismic Safety Program (Interior Program) for the implementation of Executive Order 12941, Seismic Safety of Existing Federally Owned or Leased Buildings, dated December 1, 1994.
Screenings - A Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) is conducted using the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: A Handbook. Second Edition (FEMA 154) and Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards: Supporting Documentation. Second Edition (FEMA 155).
General Risk Identification - The BSSP uses the recommendations from the Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned or Leased Buildings, Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC) RP 6, dated January 18, 2002.
Risk - The BSSP uses the criteria established in Reclamation's Guidelines for Achieving Public Protection in Dam Safety Decision Making, dated April 4, 1997.
The BSSP has adopted the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) guidelines and standards for all seismic evaluations and rehabilitation designs of Reclamation-owned reserved and transferred buildings.
Evaluations - The following is an evolution listing of the guidelines and standards used for seismic evaluations by the BSSP (in order from earliest to most recent):
FEMA 310 was adopted and used throughout fiscal year 1999 and most of fiscal year 2000.
Both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Draft Standard versions were used throughout
the latter part of fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 2001.
ASCE 31-02 was used throughout fiscal year 2002 and up until ASCE 31-03 was adopted in
fiscal year 2003.
The newest evaluation tool, ASCE 31-03, was adopted by the BSSP in fiscal year 2003 and is still
currently in use.
Rehabilitation - The following is an evolution listing of the rehabilitation guidelines and standards used for seismic rehabilitation designs by the BSSP:
year 2007 and is still currently in use.