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Seismological Research Letters April 01, 1989, Vol.60, 37-57. doi:https://doi.org/10.1785/gssrl.60.2.37
Seismological Research Letters April 01, 1989, Vol.60, 59-69. doi:https://doi.org/10.1785/gssrl.60.2.59
Seismological Research Letters April 01, 1989, Vol.60, 71-78. doi:https://doi.org/10.1785/gssrl.60.2.71
Seismological Research Letters April 01, 1989, Vol.60, 79-86. doi:https://doi.org/10.1785/gssrl.60.2.79

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An Earthquake Strong-Motion Data Catalog for Personal Computers

The National Geophysical Data Center announces the availability of a strong-motion data catalog software package, known as SMCAT, designed to operate on any IBM-compatible personal computer. SMCAT represents a major breakthrough in strong-motion data acquisition technology by providing earthquake engineers and researchers with a relatively inexpensive, PC-based catalog. As an attractive alternative to on-line and printed catalogs, SMCAT helps users locate and select digital strong-motion records for specific applications.

Catalog Features

  • ○ 12,000 record file with global coverage.

  • ○ Formatted in dBase III+, with ASCII and Lotus output options.

  • ○ 29 searchable parameters for each catalog entry.

Software Features

  • ○ Easy program selection with menu-driven software.

  • ○ Searches up to ten catalog fields at a time.

  • ○ Quickly sorts selected records.

  • ○ Outputs selected records.

  • ○ Operates in DOS. No additional software needed.

The catalog database is accessed via the SMCAT program. The program allows the user to select any of the 29 catalog fields and specify search parameters. For instance, the user may wish to search for all accelerograms that were recorded at dam sites between 1980 and 1983 for earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 6.5. Another typical search may involve locating all accelerograms recorded in California with epicentral distances between 1 and 5 kilometers and with peak accelerations greater than 50% g. Within a few minutes, SMCAT can produce a sorted listing of all records which meet these criteria.

Inquiries should be address to

National Geophysical Data Center

NOAA . . .

Seismological Research Letters April 01, 1989, Vol.60, 87. doi:https://doi.org/10.1785/gssrl.60.2.87
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