Seismic Design Manual

The 3rd Edition Seismic Design Manual includes sections on general seismic design considerations, analysis considerations, and systems not specifically detailed for seismic resistance. Different seismic force resisting systems are covered in the balance of the sections, along with diaphragms, chord and collectors as well as an introduction to engineered damping systems.

The Seismic Design Manual includes hundreds of pages of comprehensive design examples, including connections, updated for the 2016 AISC Seismic Provisions. Examples are shown with LRFD and ASD design methodologies side-by-side.

Also included are two AISC seismic-related standards: the 2016 AISC Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 341-16) and the 2016 AISC Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications (ANSI/AISC 358-16).

For additional seismic related information visit the Seismic Technical Resources page. 

Seismic Design Manual Resources


The provisions and standards printed in Part 9 of the 3rd Edition Seismic Design Manual are available for free download in PDF format.

2016 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (ANSI/AISC 341-16)
2016 Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Steel Moment Frames for Seismic Applications (ANSI/AISC 358-16)

For older versions of AISC's seismic-related standards, visit our Historical Standards page.  

Interactive Reference List

Browse all of the Reference Lists in the 3rd Edition Seismic Design Manual, sorted by the part of manual in which the reference appears. Where possible, active links are provided to assist with obtaining the cited literature.

Browse the Interactive Reference List

Some content hosted on the AISC web site is available only to AISC members as part of their member benefits. Some of the references are linked to the web sites of other associations where they can be accessed for a fee.

Revisions and Errata

Keep your copy of the Seismic Design Manual and the AISC standards up-to-date by periodically checking for revisions and errata.