The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 75 (1997) > Issues > Issue 6 > Discussion on Behaviour of Beam-Column Joints in Seismically-Loaded RC Frames by Dr. P.C. Cheung, Pr
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Discussion on Behaviour of Beam-Column Joints in Seismically-Loaded RC Frames by Dr. P.C. Cheung, Professor T. Paulay and Professor R. Park

Mr R. C. Sturrock (F) Earthquakes have become a significant factor in engineering in Australia as a result of the Newcastle earthquake a couple of years ago. I know that a lot of work has been done in New Zealand on base isolation of bridges. I believe that base isolation in a building would have a tremendous effect in reducing the sort of joint forces you are talking about. Have they actually tried base isolation on a building in New Zealand, and is my assumption correct that it would reduce joint forces?