Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program [NEHRP]. "Although the statement above may have a con-temporary ring, it was actually voiced more than a century ago. Suffice it to say that since then it hasn't gotten any easier to keep up with the literature, including that related to earthquake engineering. As described in an earlier issue of Seismic Waves, the concept of 'technical briefs' (techbriefs) originated in response to this predicament. Embracing the concept as a means of hastening and broadening the application of research-based best practices in earthquake engineering, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, a NEHRP agency) began publishing NEHRP technical briefs in 2008. Over the 5 years since, NIST has produced an initial collection of eight techbriefs that are helping to transfer many of the latest advances in earthquake engineering into practice."
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: http://www.nehrp.gov/
Seismic Waves (October 2013)