4.1. E1 - Basic HAZUS

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This earthquake example demonstrates rapid analysis capabilities with the HAZUS earthquake damage and loss assessment methodology. Building-level Damage and Losses (D&L) are calculated directly from Intensity Measures (IM) for 100 assets. The IM field that represents peak ground acceleration in the city of San Francisco, CA, from an Mw7.2 event on the San Andreas fault, was obtained from Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA).


This study will be defined by sequentially traversing the input panels of the R2D interface. However, as outlined in the online user’s manual, these procedures can be serialized to and loaded immediately from a JSON file, which for this example may be found here.

  1. VIZ The visualization panel in the following figure shows the location of the assets considered by this example.

  2. GI The unit system and asset type are prescribed in this panel, and we’re interested in the building engineering demand parameters, damage measures, and the resulting decision variables.

  3. HAZ Next, the hazard panel is used to load the event grid .csv file (view on Github) which lists out the ground motions which are used as the ground acceleration time history inputs in this example.

  4. ASD In the asset definition panel, the path to the SanFranciscoBuildings.csv file is specified. Once this file is loaded, the user can select which particular assets will be included in the analysis by entering a valid range (e.g., 1-50) in the form and clicking Select. The SanFranciscoBuildings_full.csv file includes parameters for the damage and loss assessment (e.g., number of stories, year of built, occupancy class, structure type, and plan area) for more than 100,000 buildings in the community.

  5. HTA Next, a hazard mapping algorithm is specified using the Nearest Neighbor method and the SimCenterEvent application, which are configured as show in the following figure with 3 samples in 4 neighbors, i.e., randomly sampling 5 ground motions from the nearest four stations (each station has one ground motion recording specified in the HAZ).

  6. MOD panel is not used for this procedure. The Building Modeling dropdown should be left set to None.

  7. ANA In the analysis panel, IMasEDP is selected from the primary dropdown.

  8. DL The damage and loss panel is now used to configure the Pelicun backend. The HAZUS MH EQ IM damage and loss method is selected and configured as shown in the following figure:

  9. UQ For this example the UQ dropdown box should be set to None.

  10. RV

    The random variable panel will be left empty for this example.