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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

TAYD - DD Update

The first American earthquake engineer that visited and reported on the China quake zone is a user of TAYD products and has written papers on TAYD products. Here are some things he wrote:

Everyone should know that it is very important to seismically upgrade these buildings as soon as possible. This area is considered to be a moderate seismic risk zone by the Chinese building code. This earthquake is not moderate in any measure, so the zonation may need to be changed.

We strongly believe the effort and energy should be focused on how to prevent these failures in the future worldwide. Retrofitting these building types is not difficult using new concrete shear walls and other bracing systems. This is currently being done to Istanbul schools via World Bank funding. Turkish schools have certain similar characteristics to the Chinese ones. Our company is assisting the Istanbul government to implement this retrofit program.

As structural engineers, we have a responsibility to prevent these disasters. I must say, as a profession, we fail the public we are supposed to protect when buildings collapse. There are dangerous buildings everywhere on earth. You will find plenty in the US, Canada, Japan, China, South America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia... Unless we speak out, we will see these tragedies many more times in our lifetimes. We must take a leadership role to communicate and educate the public. It is a very important task. Our loved ones' lives depend on it.

We must retrofit these dangerous buildings worldwide, including those in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Japan, China, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. If we do this, then the 55,000+ lives lost here are not wasted. We owe it to these children who died underneath their schools.

News Article on His Visit

His Website

SEC filing example

* Vacaville Police Stations - Vacaville, California

This new two-story, 40,000 square foot police headquarters will be the first building in the U.S. to apply damper design procedures from the 2000 recommendations of NEHRP (the U.S. National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program). Vacaville, California is an area of high seismic activity classified per the Uniform Building Code as a Zone 4 earthquake risk, the same as San Francisco and Los Angeles. The 2000 NEHRP procedures were used to combine dampers and steel frames to provide a structure with maximum earthquake resistance and minimum total cost. The use of 20 Taylor Dampers rated at up to 100 tons of force in a structure of relatively small size is nearly twice the relative number of dampers normally used in previous design approaches. However, the use of this many dampers greatly reduced the amount of steel needed for the project, yielding the lowest total project cost. The goal of the project engineers, Marr Shaffer & Miyamoto, Inc. of West Sacramento, California was to provide a low-cost structure with immediate occupancy possible after a 475 year return period earthquake.

Paper on TAYD products by that engineer
Read more here

1 comment:

spicemeister said...

Question, Superman. As a long time holder of TAYD I'm unclear as to whether or not the engineer you quote is referencing buildings ALREADY equipped with Taylor dampers (and need additional) or saying that the buildings are not but should be equipped with Taylor dampers?

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