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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 5:39 pm    Post subject: want help > Earthquake Interactive Special Reply with quote

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Dear Engr.Mulla,> Maharashtra,India

Further to my e-mail in this respect:



Review of:Shared Risk: Complex Systems in Seismic Response by Louise K. Comfort
Pergamon, Amsterdam, 1999.
322 pages.
Reviewed by:L. Douglas Kiel
University of Texas, United States   Reviewed in: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management  
Book Reviews
Louise Comfort's Shared Risk: Complex Systems in Seismic Response resolves the applications of the complexity sciences to social phenomena while presenting a detailed and rigorous analysis of multiple, actual seismic response scenarios.
The book's research question concerns the nature of the macro-management systems of shared risk under disaster scenarios. Comfort's very thorough analysis assesses organisational responses to eleven earthquakes across the globe, ranging from 5.4 to 8.1 on the Richter scale, over the period of 1985-1995. The seismic events examined include the September 1985 Mexico City event, the December 1988 Armenian quake, the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake and the devastating earthquake in Honshin, Japan in 1985. Comfort's analysis centers on the organisational responses within each local area and presents a scope of seismic events across a diverse set of cultures of varied socio-political and economic development.

The theoretical backdrop for the analysis is based on two fundamental assumptions. First, seismic events create a cascade of non-linear events among responding organisational entities that place unique and powerful pressures on these organisations to respond to these disasters. The second theoretical assumption is that regardless of the level of development or institutional sophistication of the region affected by an earthquake, some form of organising process must occur to respond to the events. Comfort relied on four basic data sources for assessing the response to each seismic event. These sources were: (1) on-site field observation of the disaster area, the operating environment and the organisational and technical response; (2) reviews of archival records including official reports, (3) semi-structured interviews with key decision-makers involved in each response; and (4) news reports of the disasters. The author thus had a rather impressive set of both quantitative and
qualitative data available for analysis. The fact that the author actually visited each of these sites also provides insight and sensitivity that cannot be provided with pure data analysis alone.

The book's varied methods of analysis focused on the use of several tools applied by students of complexity. Comfort employs Kauffman's N-K methodology for examining actors and interactions to examine the number of responding entities and the number of interactions between these entities. She also used logistic regression to examine the nature of communicative interactions to provide a more detailed view of the rise and fall of disaster-focused communication during the first few critical days after each disaster responses to natural disasters. Comfort's work reveals the scope and depth of analysis requisite to engage in serious cross-national studies, while emphasising the detail necessary to understand the nuances of local effects and local methodologies for problem resolution. Her application of the sciences of complexity to seismic response breaks new ground in the presentation of a novel theoretical foundation for understanding cultural and institutional responses to natural
disasters. This book also enhances organisational studies with its contribution to the importance on 'network effects' during times of crisis. Finally, this book makes a very important contribution to the sciences of complexity by showing that such studies of social phenomena can be grounded on empirical research and solid methodology.
With regards.

Engr.Sikandar Hayat Siddiqi
Project & Seismic Design Management Engineer
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Co-ordinator,Earthquake Anti-disaster Defence Management System Initiative (EADMSI)
Dhaka - Bangladesh/Asia
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sikandar siddiqi <sikandarsiddiqi@yahoo.com> wrote:
Dear Engr.Mulla,> Maharashtra,India

Few Books / Papers :

1.

Response Spectrum Method in Seismic Analysis and Design of Structures
by Ajaka Kumar Gupta
2. Cheng, F. Y.
Matrix Analysis of Structural Dynamics: Applications and Earthquake Engineering
M Dekker , New York, 2000, 992 pp.
ISBN 0-8247-0387-1 3,

Numerical Modelling of Concrete Dam-Foundation -Reservoir Systems
Author


:  Zhang Chuhan

4. ICAPV 2000-Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Problems in Vibration Theory and Applications

J.H.Zhang and X.N.Zhang5. Vibration AnalysisRobert K. VierckSecond Edition, Harper & Row Publishers, New York, 1979

With best wishes.

Engr.Sikandar Hayat Siddiqi
Project & Seismic Design Management Engineer
&
Co-ordinator,Earthquake Anti-disaster Defence Management System Initiative (EADMSI)
Dhaka - Bangladesh/Asia
Radio Link International E-mail


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To:sikandarsiddiqi@yahoo.comSubject: want helpFrom:mullaengg@rediffmail.com  Date:Fri Oct 29 13:18:59 2004    






mullaengg@rediffmail.com wrote:


hello frinds,

my name is mulla s.b.

i am doing my post graduation in structural engineering in maharashtra.

my dessertation subject is linear and nonlinear seismic response of

rcc structures.

please help me in searching or giving me the name of

papers ,books, guides,or any type of referances related to my

subject

















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