Geotechnical factors in seismic design of foundations state-of-the-art report

  • Miguel P. Romo National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Manuel J. Mendoza National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), Mexico City, Mexico
  • Silvia R. Garcia National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico


This paper revises the factors that influence the behavior of foundations in seismic environments. It discusses aspects related with seismic load definition, dynamic soil properties, field and laboratory testing equipment, geoseismic instrumentation of prototypes, foundation seismic stability, use of artificial intelligence, among others. It also points out areas where more research is needed to better our knowledge on the physics of the problem and to improve experimental and numerical techniques, with the purpose of making more reliable and less costly foundation systems.


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Romo, M. P., Mendoza, M. J., & Garcia, S. R. (2000). Geotechnical factors in seismic design of foundations state-of-the-art report . Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 33(3), 347-370.