Soft-Story Buildings

Posted on 28, Oct | Posted by ea.systems

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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DSA Procedure 08-03 (ASCE 41) Structural Evaluation

Posted on 28, Oct | Posted by ea.systems

EAS provided two (2) DSA Procedure 08-03 structural evaluations for seismic upgrades at Olive Vista MS. The project includes a detailed investigation and report of structural elements, as well as, ADA modifications and non-structural components (e.g. various mechanical equipment and pads) for the school’s Physical Education Building and Multi-Purpose Building. DSA has approved both buildings evaluation reports and they are qualified for State Funding and development of final construction documents. This project services required compliance with new DSA analytical procedures and DSA approval.

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AB 300 / ASCE 31-03 Tier 1 Structural Evaluation

Posted on 28, Oct | Posted by ea.systems

EAS recently completed seven (7) AB 300 ASCE 31-03 Tier 1 Structural Evaluation for a local school district. The purpose of the evaluations was to identify potential seismic deficiencies in the building’s structural system. The objective is to use the appropriate screening check lists, Tier 1 of ASCE 31-03, to verify compliance or non-compliance. The outcome of this phase is a list identifying the seismic non-compliant deficiencies that could represent risks to the building.
The evaluations identify buildings of certain age and construction type as Benchmark Building or buildings that are generally perceived as compliant. Where a particular building falls within the parameters of this classification, only limited evaluation is normally required.

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Rialto Unified School District, On-Call Engineering Servcies

Posted on 29, Apr | Posted by ea.systems

Rialto Unified School District approved Engineering Alignment Systems as part of the pool of engineering firms to be utilized for the Measure Y Series C Projects.

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

Posted on 15, Dec | Posted by ea.systems

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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Contract Awarded – Rancho Santiago Community College District

Posted on 13, Dec | Posted by ea.systems

Keeping it local; EAS has been awarded an On-Call Structural Engineering contract by Rancho Santiago Community College District. Our Engineers are excited for the opportunity to work for the District and Santa Ana College.

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Mayor Garcetti proposes sweeping retrofits of concrete, wood buildings

Posted on 8, Dec | Posted by ea.systems

“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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The Great California Shake Out

Posted on 1, Oct | Posted by ea.systems

EAS encourages everyone to register and participate in this years Great California Shake Out. The event takes place on October 16th @ 10:16. You can find more information at: http://www.shakeout.org/california

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Markham MS – Implementation of Low Impact Development / Prop 84 SWGP Approved

Posted on 19, Jun | Posted by ea.systems

EAS’s Civil Engineering team received approval on their C-1 Application for Proposition 84 Stormwater Grant Program (SWGP) for Markham Middle School located in South Los Angeles. Our Client will receive $999,689 for project implantation from the State Water Recourse Board. The Project consists of 1277 ft. of bioswales and will reduce stormwater flooding of the City sewers, improve downstream water quality and recharge the CGB, while providing sustainable improvements and educational opportunities to the community. Training materials, update Technical Manuals and Standard Plans will be made available to the public. The LID project will collect storm water runoff from an area as large as 20-acre and infiltrate it to the underlying soils and the CGB. Overall, the project will capture, treat, and infiltrate about 32.7 AFY; enough to serve 65 households annually.

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Performance-Based Desgin

Posted on 19, Jun | Posted by ea.systems

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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