Assessing Structural Integrity Following Seismic Activity

For construction companies, building owners and structural engineers, seismic activity can impact how a structure is built, and ultimately, managed.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the number of earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains has increased dramatically since 2009. This has coincided with the increase in oil and natural gas production from shale formations. Further, the 2017 forecasted seismic rates are still significantly elevated compared with pre-2009 levels, but lower than their peak in 2015.

Responding to Seismic Activity 

In order to help manage construction following an event, software can provide real-time information for faster decision making regarding structural integrity.

One new example comes from Trimble, which introduced Trimble 4D Go for Buildings, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that connects with Trimble’s REF TEK accelerometers and recorders. It monitors building movement and determines peak ground acceleration, peak ground velocity, response spectral acceleration and other critical parameters.

After an earthquake, it provides users with shake event reports and hardware compliance reports. The data can be received remotely via a Web browser or on any Internet-enabled device. Further, it enables owners to be notified if the installed monitoring hardware requires service. In addition, this technology gives owners the real-time data to necessary to respond quickly to any seismic activity or event.

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