Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

According to Rong-Gong Lin II, Raoul Rañoa and Jon Schleuss of the LA Times, the city of Santa Monica is considering a mandated seismic retrofit program: Santa Monica’s safety rules would go beyond what Los Angeles has done by requiring not only wood-frame apartments and concrete buildings to be retrofitted, but also steel-frame structures. The ordinance … Continue reading Santa Monica latest city to mandate seismic retrofits for older buildings

Stanford researchers working on regional “seismic observatory” using existing fiber optic networks

Researchers at Stanford are pleased to report the following: Thousands of miles of buried optical fibers crisscross California’s San Francisco Bay Area delivering high-speed internet and HD video to homes and businesses. Biondo Biondi, a professor of geophysics at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, dreams of turning that dense network into an … Continue reading Stanford researchers working on regional “seismic observatory” using existing fiber optic networks

New concrete product claims to be more earthquake resistant AND more sustainable

Concrete is a really amazing building product that provides strength and protection, particularly when reinforced with steel, or when combined with various admixtures. Unfortunately, concrete is extremely costly to produce in terms of its environmental impact. By some accounts, concrete production results in the release of a ton of carbon, for every ton of concrete. … Continue reading New concrete product claims to be more earthquake resistant AND more sustainable

“Earthquake Safety Bed” protects occupants from building collapse

Admittedly, this is a little strange, but clearly could be a practical measure in certain parts of the world. Dahir Insaat Corporation is a Turkish company that specializes in pre-fab cast-in-place construction buildings ranging in size from a small cottage to an entire apartment block. The company also has developed a design concept for an … Continue reading “Earthquake Safety Bed” protects occupants from building collapse

External braided carbon fiber rods designed for dampening impact of earthquakes

Earthquakes are a serious design consideration when it comes to the built environment. Particularly in areas along the Pacific Rim, where seismic activity is somewhat regular. CNN reports on an innovative, and certainly very aesthetically striking design concept in Japan that is intended to help a building not so much "fight" earthquakes, but will rather … Continue reading External braided carbon fiber rods designed for dampening impact of earthquakes