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Dear Visitor:

Welcome to our website!  Highlights of a research project on developing design guidelines to account for the effects of near-fault ground motions on bridge columns are presented in this site.  The project consists of two phases.  In the first phase the gap in the literature on the near-fault seismic response of substandard bridge columns and piers was addressed.  The material currently posted on this site presents the results of the first phase of the study.  In the second phase near-fault earthquake records are being generated and residual displacement spectra are being developed to integrate in a near-fault earthquake design method that is applicable to bridges in different parts of the US.  

The study has been funded by the Federal Highway Administration through grant No. DTFH61-07-C-00031.  However, the material and opinions presented on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of FHWA.  Special thanks are due Dr. Phil Yen, the FHWA Research Program Manager, for his support and advice. 

You are invited to use the material with acknowledgement that includes statements such as “…funded by the Federal Highway Administration and directed by M. Saiidi at the University of Nevada, Reno.”  We welcome your comments about this site.

M. Saiid Saiidi