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
During an earthquake, as most people may recall from grade school, sometimes a strange phenomenon occurs in sandy soils known as liquefaction. And it is exactly what it sounds like — the ground that is made up of solid particles (sand) suddenly behaves like a liquid. Liquid is a poor support for a building's foundation, … Continue reading What is liquefaction and why is it so dangerous to buildings and their inhabitants?
Geology is to blame for a situation which very nearly ended in disaster at a resort in Florida. In the middle of the night, a security guard began waking and evacuating guests at the Summer Bay Resort as a sinkhole rapidly expanded beneath one of the buildings. Luckily, nobody was harmed. About 30 percent of … Continue reading Florida: Sinkhole Swallows Portion of 3-Story Resort Building
Owners of a home on San Fransisco's historic Lombard Street hired a contractor, Thomas Lutge, to remodel their home. Due to the site conditions, this work required extensive excavation and underpinning prior to construction of a new basement foundation. All did not go as planned. Following Lutge's excavation, a geotechnical and structural engineering firm, Sure … Continue reading California: Malicious Prosecution Claim Denied Following Construction Defect Litigation