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Seismic Design

Vancouver’s building codes may underplay seismic hazard



March 31, 2021 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Vancouver, Canada’s third largest metropolitan area, has the country’s highest seismic risk....

| June 20, 2017 |

Getting a project through plan review can be an unusually long process, anywhere from six months...

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Risk of man-made earthquakes now factor in seismic hazard analysis

Water tanks preparing for fracking. Photo: Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons.

July 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Significant risk increases seen in some areas of the U.S.


Photo: Torre Reforma/Arup

July 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Double-V hangers and irregularly spaced gaps allow the structure to bend.


For employees, certain design strategies can lessen stress, improve health, and promote a greater sense of community connectivity, writes Perkins+Will project manager Jon Penndorf.

Image courtesy Perkins+Will

July 05, 2016 | Jon Penndorf

For employees, certain design strategies can lessen stress, improve health, and promote a greater...

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Photo: Jocelyn Kinghorn/Creative Commons.

June 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expected to improve consistency of risk evaluation on commercial real estate transactions.

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Photo: screenshot from YouTube video

April 20, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Kengo Kuma developed the rods, which are stronger and lighter than iron.

March 28, 2016 | BD+C Editors

The hat truss-supported office tower was topped off in January, rising 25 stories above the Salt...

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| March 07, 2016 | SaftiFirst

SaftiFirst’s custom curtain wall complied with all the seismic requirements while still blending...

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Taipei 101 is the world's toughest building

Taipei 101 stays safe even though it stands near a fault line in a typhoon zone. Photo: peellden/Wikimedia Commons

October 22, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Popular Mechanics named the 10 structures that best withstand floods, winds, storms, and earthqua...

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Thousands of Los Angeles buildings with soft-first-stories need retrofits.

Thousands of Los Angeles buildings with soft-first-stories need retrofits. Photo: Britta Gustafson/Creative Commons.

October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Thousands of wood, concrete apartments subject to costly renovations.

Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during e...

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First earthquake warning system installed in North Portland

The first U.S. installation of the ShakeAlarm was installed in North Portland, Ore.'s Radiator Building. All images: CoreFirst

June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The ShakeAlarm system recognizes and quantifies the faster but lower-energy seismic P-wave, which...

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Virginia surpasses Florida for strictest hurricane building codes

Photo: Arlington County via Wikimedia Commons

April 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Virginia has edged out Florida as the state with the most stringent hurricane building codes, acc...

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Builders use cross-laminated timber
February 20, 2014 | Kris Spickler

A CLT expert clears up several common misconceptions and myths surrounding the use of wood as a...

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February 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Recent advancements in structural design, combined with the loosening of density and zoning requi...

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Kingdom Tower, set to become the worlds next-tallest building at 1,000 meters,
January 28, 2014 | BD+C Staff and CTBUH

Experts from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat release their 2014 construction fore...

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At 1,166 feet, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Tower 2 was the tallest build
January 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Last year was the second-busiest ever in terms of 200-meter-plus building completions, with 73 to...

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October 25, 2013 | BD+C Editor

In California, there are still hundreds of concrete buildings that need reinforcement to bring th...

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August 23, 2013 | Simpson Strong-Tie

Simpson Strong-Tie donated product and provided technical expertise for the CFS-NEES project, a s...

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July 09, 2013 | AISC

Design professionals now have a valuable new resource on blast resistant structures with AISC Des...

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high rise building

The Poly Corporation Headquarters in Beijing features a unique design component, innovations in high-rise building design. 


July 09, 2013 | CTBUH and BD+C Staff

KONE's carbon-fiber hoisting technology and the Broad Group's prefab construction process are a...

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A view of the two-story test building. Photo: Kara Peterman
June 14, 2013 | Purdue University

A partnership...

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March 29, 2013 | AISC

On April 17, Michael F. Engestrom, Dann H. Hall, Michael A. West, Stephen A. Mahin, Wallace W. Sa...

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Legendary structural engineer Gene Corley passes away
March 04, 2013 | CTLGroup

CTLGroup, an expert engineering and materials science firm located in Skokie, Illinois, is sadden...

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February 21, 2013 | BD+C Staff

A group of civil engineers from around the western U.S. is developing additions to the building c...

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June 01, 2012 | Posted by Tim Gregorski, Senior Editor

By completing this course, you earn 1.0 HSW/SD AIA Learning Units.

December 29, 2011 | By BD+C Staff

California regulators responsible for enforcing earthquake safety laws have failed to certify mor...

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December 14, 2011 | By BD+C Staff

Nominate a colleague, peer, or even yourself. ...

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October 18, 2011 | By BD+C Staff

The AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award is presented annually by the American Institute of Steel...

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