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Defining Existing Foundations, Cracking, And Earthquake Performance

How Solid Is My Foundation?  Foundations have two primary functions: to lift your house off the ground and protect it from earthquakes.  It is understandable to be concerned about existing foundations, cracks, and earthquake performance. However, a foundation is rarely wrong off enough to warrant a replacement. Similarly, it will not make sense to replace …

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House Bolting & Earthquake Retrofitting in Los Angeles

Considering Los Angeles is one of the most seismically active regions in the world, getting seismic retrofitting for your property should be a foregone conclusion. However, many property owners don’t seem to understand the full scale of its importance until the worst has already occurred. Here’s why you should view earthquake retrofitting as a necessary …

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5 Common Types Of Buildings That Require Seismic Retrofitting

It’s impossible to do a good seismic retrofitting job without a comprehensive approach to the project. Many details are taken into account when devising a retrofitting plan (structural composition, soil composition, materials, structural integrity, etc.). However, 5 common basic approaches are determined by the structure type:  Popular among apartment buildings, the soft-story structure type is …

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Are Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Effective?

It’s common knowledge that engineers have to put a lot of thought into creating earthquake-resistant constructions. Reviewing the basics can make the reasons clearer.  How Do Earthquakes Work? Earthquakes happen when rocks in Earth’s crust suddenly slip and slide against one another releasing massive energy. This energy creates seismic waves, which can cause the ground …

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Renovating Your Building After An Earthquake Is A Wise Investment

Whenever an earthquake hits, the liquefaction zone underneath your building will lose some of its strength because of stress. As a result, buildings without a seismic retrofit can crumble.  What this means for you is that both the building itself and your tenants are at risk of damage whenever your property or building sits on …

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