Issues Encountered with ASCE Compatibility Criteria
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The State of Washington is assisting at-risk coastal communities that have included the design and construction of tsunami vertical evacuation structures in their hazard mitigation plans. Washington State has not formally adopted the ASCE 7-16 Chapter 6 standard; however, past VES projects have made the decision to meet these standards, as well as TLES-approved ASCE 7 Change Proposals to revise Chapter 6 of the 2022 version, ASCE 7-22 (e.g., Chock, et al., 2018) in anticipation of possible formal approval by the ASCE 7 Main Committee and adoption by the State. As a result, Washington State has been a very active user of the standard, which continues to evolve as the TLES reviews and develops and votes on 7-22 Change Proposals. The purpose of this brief report is to contribute to the ASCE 7 TLES process of improving ASCE Chapter 6 guidance by identifying issues we have encountered with these standards and providing appropriate suggestions that we hope will improve the guidance and ease of use by practitioners.
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