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Seismic Retrofit Solutions: Fibrwrap ®

The new seismic retrofit ordinances passed in cities across California have prompted many property owners to consider the best possible solution for their property’s retrofit, with the help of a professional engineer. While there are a variety of solutions for

Santa Monica Rent Control Decision Updates

The Santa Monica Rent Control Board met on October 12th to discuss the upcoming seismic retrofit ordinance and its impact on rent controlled apartments in the city.  It is not just the tenants that are upset about the potential for

Santa Monica Seismic Retrofit Updates

As you may already know, the Santa Monica City Council approved a stringent seismic retrofit ordinance on March 28th, 2017. While the retrofit of single family homes is voluntary in the city, there are a list of other building types

What Is Liquefaction?

What is liquefaction? Liquefaction can be explained as the phenomena when soil behaves as a liquid when there is seismic activity occurring in that area. How does liquid behave? Liquid flows down and causes the soil particles to separate and

The Differences between Ordinary Moment Frames and Special Moment Frames

Due to the latest seismic ordinances passed in Santa Monica, there has been a lot of talk around different seismic solutions and options, moment frames being one of those options.  There are three different types of moment frames: ordinary, intermediate,

Recent Recorded California Earthquakes

Written: Thursday May 18th at 10:37 AM Within the past 24 hours there have been seven earthquakes in Southern California, each of which with a magnitude of 2.2 or below (earthquaketrack.com). Although earthquakes of this magnitude are not even considered “minor”

What’s In Your Bag? Emergency Bag Preparations

It has been said that “preparation is the key to success”, but in the event of an earthquake preparation is the key to safety for you and your family. Having a packed emergency bag and a planned meeting spot can

Rating Buildings for Seismic Resiliency

Seismic Retrofit Service in Santa Monica – Industry News In Santa Monica, many property owners had retrofits completed in 1994 after the Northridge quake. However, many of those retrofits were only partially completed, i.e. parapet only, diaphragm anchorage, full or