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Future Forward: When In Doubt, Damp It Out

April 7, 2017 - in Articles, Column, Profile

Douglas P. Taylor is president of Taylor Devices, which manufactures seismic dampers that protect structures during events such as earthquakes and high winds.

Code Update: New Los Angeles Seismic Ordinance Will Save Lives … and a City

August 1, 2016 - in Column

As a structural engineer working with governments and communities worldwide as they struggle to face earthquake disasters, I’ve repeatedly seen tragedies…

Miyamoto wins “Global Best Project” — Again!

July 8, 2016 - in Awards, Corporate, Design/Engineering

The seismic retrofit of Michelangelo’s last masterpiece has won a Global Best Project award, the Engineering News Record announced Wednesday. It’s…

Researchers Find Link Between Rainwater and Earthquakes

April 27, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance

Researchers from the University of Southampton, GNS Science (New Zealand), the University of Otago, and GFZ Potsdam (Germany), identified the sources and fluxes of the geothermal fluids and mineral veins from the Southern Alps of New Zealand where the Pacific…

Researchers Find New Cause of Strong Earthquakes

February 11, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Planning

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—A geologic event known as diking can cause strong earthquakes -- with a magnitude between 6 and 7, according to an international research team. Diking can occur all over the world but most often occurs in areas where the Earth's tectonic…

Past Earthquakes Play a Role in Future Landslides, Research Suggests

November 3, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Surveying/Mapping

The likelihood of an area experiencing a potentially devastating landslide could be influenced by its previous exposure to earthquakes many decades earlier. This is according to new research led by Cardiff University showing that areas which have experienced…

Los Angeles Mandates Seismic Retrofits to Reduce Earthquake Hazards

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 9 to approve an ordinance that requires mandatory earthquake retrofitting for wood-frame and non-ductile concrete buildings. This ruling is a follow-up to the publication of "Resilience by Design," a report…

International Center for Integrated Mountain Development Receives Humanitarian Award for Nepal Earthquake Response

July 20, 2015 - in Awards, Corporate, Emergency

Redlands, Calif., July 20, 2015—The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental agency in South and Central Asia, was honored with the Esri Humanitarian GIS Award for their assistance to the government of Nepal…

How To Design Building Structures That Can Survive Earthquakes

June 18, 2015 - in Column

Earthquakes are natural disasters where most of damage is caused due to collapse of buildings and other such man-made structures. Earthquakes do not kill people, buildings do. Buildings that lack structural stability collapse and they cause irreparable damage…

Google Street View Imagery Being Used to Assess Earthquake Damage

October 31, 2013 - in Emergency

Klaus-G. Hinzen, a seismologist with Cologne University in Germany -- studying images of damage from the magnitude 6.3 2009 L'Aquila earthquake in the Italian Abruzzi Mountains -- realized Google street views taken less than one year before the earthquake…