Another thread in the Materials and Chemical Engineering asked about steels and seismic performance. I did some checking around and identified some codes that identify particular grades of steel for specific designs, e.g. steel for reinforced concrete vs steel plate for beams and columns. However, the design process involves much more than material. The design of a structure to withstand a seismic load is very detailed. One of the best sources is the Caltrans Seismic Design Criteria Manual. It is available on-line as pdf files. Table of Contents Every civil and structural engineer, who is involved in design of structures, should study this document.