Soft-Story Buildings

Posted on 28, Oct | Posted by

Check out the new LA Times article that focuses on Soft-Story Buildings. “Many California apartments with garages and carports on the ground story that were built before the 1980s are vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. They are known as “soft-story buildings. Here’s why they’re at risk.”

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California receives U.S. funding for earthquake early-warning system

Posted on 15, Dec | Posted by

This past Sundays, the LA Times ran a story that California will receive federal funding to roll out earthquake early-warning system next year.

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Mayor Garcetti proposes sweeping retrofits of concrete, wood buildings

Posted on 8, Dec | Posted by

“LA Mayor Eric Garcetti pushes the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history — rules that would require owners to retrofit thousands of buildings most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake.”

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Performance-Based Desgin

Posted on 19, Jun | Posted by

It’s EAS policy that our engineering team attend several classes or seminars throughout the year. This continuing education keeps our engineers current with the building code, revisions, addendums, and structural design topics. This past May, our team attended CSI’s – The Theory and Practice of Performanced-Based Design. (Martin Muska w/ Ashraf Habibullah)

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20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake

Posted on 17, Jan | Posted by

It was 4:31 a.m. on the third Monday of 1994, when the Northridge Earthquake hit Southern California. Today is the 20th anniversary and we remember and reflect on the event that change our community. Click here to read the LA Time featured column today.

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In Tokyo, Stronger Structures Rise

Posted on 9, Nov | Posted by

The WSJ recently profiled a growing trend of Tokyo based businesses moving into the newest buildings with state-of-the-art engineering and design to protect occupants against the temblor of large magnitude earthquakes.

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Discussion: Seismic Design and Evaluation

Posted on 7, Dec | Posted by

Recently we attended a risk-based seismic design and evaluation seminar and was surprised by the pushover model developed for seismic analyses / evaluation. We questioned if the model was intended to be used for analyses / evaluation, or was intended as a general case. The answer was the model is considered appropriate for analyses / evaluation.

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