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The rapid visual screening procedure (RVS) has been developed for a broad audience, including building officials and inspectors, and government agency and private-sector building owners (hereinafter, the "RVS authority"), to identify, inventory, and rank buildings that are potentially seismically hazardous.
The target audience for ATC-20 training includes building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, emergency managers, risk analysts, and other interested citizens and volunteers.
The objective of the P-154 Third Edition remains the same as its predecessors: to identify, inventory, and screen buildings that are potentially hazardous. Although some sections of the text remained unchanged from the Second Edition, the Third Edition incorporates several major enhancements, including: *Update of the Data Collection Form, and the addition of an optional more detailed page to the form, *Update of the Basic Scores and Score Modifiers, *Update of the ground motion definitions, *Preparation of additional reference guides, *Inclusion of additional building types that are prevalent, *Inclusion of additional considerations, such as nonstructural hazards, existing retrofits, building additions, and adjacency, *Addition of an optional electronic scoring methodology, and *Additional information on how to run an effective screening program.
Training on the ATC-20, Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, provides instruction on rapid and detailed evaluation procedures for evaluating earthquake-damaged buildings and posting them as INSPECTED (apparently safe, green placard), LIMITED ENTRY (yellow placard), or UNSAFE (red placard). The training provides examples that allow attendees to evaluate building damage conditions, assess the overall risk from the damage, and recommend which of the three placards should be posted on the building. These evaluations and placards can be used in planning and executing evacuation, re-entry, and rebuilding strategies.