High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Civil Engineers Help Design Earthquake-Proof Buildings

Construction & Contractors Blog

Earthquakes can cause a lot of damage to structures. However, newer regulations have made it so that new buildings in fault line areas, like California, need to be as earthquake-proof as possible. One profession that deals with making buildings earthquake-proof is civil engineering. They have developed a lot of standards that will help keep structures from falling down or being damaged when an earthquake starts.

Earthquake Proofing 

Making a building earthquake resistant or proof isn't just one thing. It starts from the very beginning at the design stage. Things have to be planned very well, including evaluating where the structure is going to be.

Site Evaluation

This is one place that a civil engineer that specializes in earthquake architecture needs to be involved. That evaluation includes things like evaluating the soil dynamics and testing how responsive the soil is to change. One of the things that can happen in an earthquake is that the soil can liquefy. That means it becomes very watery and can undermine a building. A civil engineer can test to see how likely liquefaction is to occur. 


At the construction phase, the idea is to lessen the weight of the building as much as possible while still maintaining the building's strength. A lighter building is actually the best way to go because it can ride along with the waves of the earthquake better than one that is very heavy. Steel cladding can help keep the weight down and keep the strength up.

Another feature that civil engineers and others have come up with to help keep buildings from being damaged in an earthquake is using springs. People might think using a spring on a building is an odd idea, however, attaching those springs to the building and the foundation mean that the springs will act as shock absorbers. If an earthquake happens, the springs will take the energy of the earthquake and absorb most of it. That energy won't get transferred to the building as a whole. Those large springs are often paired with a large lead cylinder that is wrapped in steel and rubber. That cylinder can help to absorb the energy and keep it from going into the building. 

Earthquakes cause a lot of devastation. Civil engineers have worked with others to develop building standards which help keep structures and people safe during the devastation of an earthquake. The existing standards are good, but there are always people looking to improve them. To learn more, contact a civil engineer at Tbird Design Services Corporation


19 April 2015