PML-SEL-SUL, what is it and why do we need it?

PML-SEL-SUL What is it and why do we need it? It is a standard of measure and calculations that Lenders, Insurance companies and Risk managers use to determine the damage that would be caused by an earthquake. There are different levels of criteria. Most lenders and risk managers are using the SUL to be safe. […]

Seismic Retrofit Scope of work

Seismic Retrofit Scope of work (Typical)  Assumptions used in the budget to develop a scope of work Measures that would enhance the building’s performance during due diligence and site investigation for the structure. The proposed retrofit measures would include some or all including the following in order to reduce the risk to building occupants and […]

Qualifications for a Budget

Budgets are just that, budgets. There are many circumstances during the budget process that we do not have enough information to provide an accurate budget. Please use all budgets given with caution as many things can change from concept to final plans and tenant scheduling. The more information we have the better your budget will […]

The Basics of Concrete Repair

Engineers have learned to make buildings safer in recent decades after years of studying what happens to structures during earthquakes. Concrete is a durable choice, but concrete tilt-up buildings built in the last century pose safety risks. Over time, concrete can crack, so it’s important to have it inspected periodically to reduce maintenance costs and […]

Building Owners Should Care About Earthquake Retrofitting

Why should a building owner care about earthquake retrofitting services? It depends on how old your building is and how it was built. Knowledge about earthquake safety was not applied to construction until the late twentieth century. Adding steel for reinforcement is one of the keys to making a structure more stable with the ability […]

Understanding Seismic Retrofit in California

Several earthquakes have shaken both San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2019, which is a reminder that old building owners need to consider a seismic retrofit solution for California. Not only is California one of the most vulnerable states for seismic activity, many older buildings lack modern design to provide sufficient safety. Here are reasons […]

Condensation Issues Can Cost You!

The longevity of a roof structure – whether it’s commercial, industrial or residential – depends on how well it’s maintained, which requires regular inspections. The most important reason for inspections is to check for leaks. Ignoring even small leaks can lead to massive damage over time since leaks tend to grow. You need to look […]

Earthquake Preparedness Knowledge

Preparing for an earthquake is vital for regions that have a history of seismic activity. A seismic retrofit can ensure the safest environment possible, especially for buildings that were built prior to 1998. Here are important points to raise your awareness on earthquake preparedness. Why Seismic Retrofitting Matters The main purpose of seismic retrofitting is […]

Apartment Soft-Story Retrofit

Large complexes with tuck-under parking in which multiple stories are built on top are called “soft-story” buildings. These structures are very vulnerable during an earthquake and should be considered for retrofit, especially if they were built prior to the late 1970s. Here are key points to consider about undergoing an apartment soft-story retrofit. Soft-Story Characteristics […]

The Role of Structural Inspectors

Structural inspectors for seismic retrofit are not exactly the same as structural engineers and are sometimes confused, although they share certain common tasks. While some contractors want structural inspectors to have engineering backgrounds, many inspectors get their training on the job. The state where the inspection takes place defines the qualifications for structural inspectors. Checking […]