Evaluation of seismic performance of geotechnical structures,
Three different approaches for assessment of seismic performance of earth structures and soilstructure systems are discussed in this paper. These approaches use different models, analysis procedures and are of vastly different complexity. All three methods are consistent with the performance-based design philosophy according to which the seismic performance is assessed using deformational criteria and associated damage. Even though the methods nominally have the same objective, it is shown that they focus on different aspects in the assessment and provide alternative performance measures. Key features of the approaches and their specific contribution in the assessment of geotechnical structures are illustrated using a case study.