A significant building stock in Pakistan and other parts of the world consists of seismically deficient building structures.
These buildings pose a serious threat to human lives. Life and property losses have been witnessed after recent earthquakes in Pakistan such as 2005 Kashmir earthquake, 2013 Mashkel earthquake, 2013 Awaran earthquake and 2015 Afghanistan earthquake.
Being a natural hazard, earthquakes cannot be prevented or controlled. However, the risk to damages can be reduced by effective mitigation efforts.
A resilient built infrastructure helps great deal in achieving this objective.
Reinforced concrete (RC) frame construction is a prevalent construction type in different parts of Pakistan and elsewhere.
These buildings are long lasting in many conditions and in conducive environment, and are considered a better construction type in seismic regions.
In order to assess the dynamic performance of this design scheme, the Department of Earthquake at NED University of Engineering and Technology was engaged by SCL to test the performance of a BRB strengthened RC frame and to compare its performance with a control frame without BRB.