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Top 5 Earthquake Resistant Structures Around the World – Interesting Engineering

April 19, 2017 |

Top 5 Earthquake Resistant Structures Around the WorldInteresting EngineeringEarthquakes are one of the most destructive forces of nature. Structures and infrastructures suffer the most when an earthquake strike a seismically active region in the world. Seismic loadings must, therefore, be … Read More

Structural engineers support Statistics House recommendation – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

April 7, 2017 |

Structural engineers support Statistics House recommendationScoop.co.nz (press release)Structural Engineering Society (SESOC) spokesperson Paul Campbell says the Statistics House investigation has revealed that buildings with key characteristics may be vulnerable in an earthquake that’s both large and long. In a large … Read More

The Quake that Renamed California Earthquake Country – KCET

March 10, 2017 |

The Quake that Renamed California Earthquake CountryKCETAfter the 1933 Long Beach quake building any new unreinforced brick structures was prohibited. But of course that left a lot of existing ones. In 1986 California required that these old building be reinforced … Read More

Critical Measures Needed for Quake Preparedness – Financial Tribune

March 9, 2017 |

Critical Measures Needed for Quake PreparednessFinancial TribuneThere are a lot of measures that can be incorporated into buildings to make them quake-resistant. While modifications can be made even after they’re constructed (seismic retrofitting), the builders also need to ensure that … Read More

Going deep to learn the secrets of Japan’s earthquakes – Science Daily

March 6, 2017 |

Going deep to learn the secrets of Japan’s earthquakesScience DailyMost large buildings wriggle and sway with the shaking of the earth — one man in Tokyo told the BBC that the movements in his workplace skyscraper during the 2011 quakeRead More

Machine-Learning Algorithm Predicts Laboratory Earthquakes – MIT Technology Review

March 6, 2017 |

Machine-Learning Algorithm Predicts Laboratory EarthquakesMIT Technology ReviewSuch predictions are useful for enforcing things like building standards in regions known to be earthquake-prone. … At the interface between the blocks, they packed a mixture of rocky material, called gouge material, to … Read More

UNT research team develops disaster-proof shear walls – North Texas Daily

March 3, 2017 |

UNT research team develops disaster-proof shear wallsNorth Texas DailyAt the College of Engineering, a group of professors and students are working hard to save lives and save homes by developing structures that can withstand the strong winds of hurricanes and … Read More

How to design materials with reprogrammable shape and function – New Tang Dynasty Television

February 27, 2017 |

How to design materials with reprogrammable shape and functionNew Tang Dynasty TelevisionMetamaterials materials whose function is determined by structure, not composition have been designed to bend light and sound, transform from soft to stiff, and even dampen seismic waves from … Read More

New analysis reveals large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault System – Science Daily

February 24, 2017 |

New analysis reveals large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault SystemScience DailyAn array of GPS instruments near the San Andreas Fault System in Southern California detects constant motion of Earth’s crust–sometimes large, sudden motion during an earthquake and often subtle, creeping … Read More

Editorial: Hard lessons from the earthquake for Wellington | Stuff.co.nz – The Dominion Post

February 23, 2017 |

Editorial: Hard lessons from the earthquake for Wellington | Stuff.co.nzThe Dominion PostA hundred days after the Kaikoura earthquake is a good time to reflect on what the capital has learnt. The November 14 shake was a shocking wake-up call for … Read More