The seismic provisions of the 2005 edition of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-05) will be dramatically different in format and organization than those found in the current edition, ASCE 7-02. In addition, the seismic provisions of ASCE 7-05 will include seve ral significant technical changes. This article will first explain the format and organizational changes followed by a description of the significant technical changes.

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