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20 February, 2018

Lesson from Taiwan: Structures only as Safe as the Retrofit Engineering Behind Them

By |2018-02-20T23:06:39+00:00February 20th, 2018|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits, seismic retrofit safety|

Most survivors of the damage from last month’s 6.4-magnitude quake in Taiwan were in the upper floors of the buildings that tilted and caved in with lethal results. Throughout the days following the Feb. 6 temblor, hundreds of people climbed out of toppled buildings – making their way to the outside through windows, balconies [...]

15 February, 2018

Seismic Retrofitting Approaches to 5 Common Building Types

By |2018-02-15T00:22:02+00:00February 15th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit|

No two buildings are exactly alike. In fact, some that may seem at first appearance to be identical can display significant differences based on a number of factors, including structural composition, materials, the wear and tear on the building, even the composition of the soil beneath it. It’s impossible, then, to give specifications to [...]

19 January, 2018

The Value of Safety in your Seismic Retrofit Project

By |2018-01-19T23:21:51+00:00January 19th, 2018|Seismic Retrofit, seismic retrofit safety|

Why it pays to select contractors that comply with professional and occupational standards. Construction, when done wrong, can be an industry fraught with workplace injury. On any given day, more than six million people work at some 252,000 construction sites across the nation, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2015, 927 construction [...]

20 December, 2017

How Our Industry Can Protect California’s Seismic Resilience

By |2018-01-15T17:36:30+00:00December 20th, 2017|Seismic Resilience|

People have been talking about “The Big One” for many years, but the level of alarm over California’s vulnerability to earthquakes has never been as high as it is today. Our state has more than a 99 percent chance of experiencing a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake within the next 30 years, according to [...]

15 December, 2017

Studies Show Many Cost Benefits to Earthquake Retrofits

By |2018-11-01T17:23:42+00:00December 15th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofit Benefits|

The devastation caused by last month’s massive 8.1- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes in Mexico City serves as a grim reminder of the importance of building safety to guard against death, injury and property damage. There’s no disputing that saving lives is the ultimate concern in preparing for an earthquake, but did you know that building [...]

1 December, 2017

Do Your Due Diligence in Selecting a Retrofit Company

By |2018-01-12T00:08:19+00:00December 1st, 2017|Seismic Retrofit Companies|

There has been a growing influx of startup companies sprouting up to capitalize on Southern California’s growing seismic retrofit industry. This has led to concern that some of these new companies may not have the professional expertise required of such a specialized industry. It can be confusing when you’ve got several companies knocking at [...]

14 November, 2017

Why Insurance Alone Won’t Protect You in a Major Earthquake

By |2018-01-12T00:08:41+00:00November 14th, 2017|Earthquake Protection|

Nobody should ever be caught without insurance. It’s an essential tool to guard against excessive risk associated with our automobiles, our property, our health, even our lives. But it’s important to note that while insurance may help to cushion the blow of an accident or worse, it does nothing to prevent these adversities from [...]

30 October, 2017

Ali Sahabi Joins LA County Business Federation’s Board of Directors

By |2018-01-12T00:09:49+00:00October 30th, 2017|Biz Fed, Optimum Seismic|

The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) announced today the appointment of Ali Sahabi, chief operating officer of Optimum Seismic Inc., to the organization’s board of directors. Optimum Seismic is Southern California’s leading earthquake retrofit company and a Founders’ Level sponsor of the BizFed organization. Sahabi, in addition to his role at Optimum Seismic, [...]

10 October, 2017

Building Owners Move Forward With Retrofits Even When Not Required By Law

By |2018-01-12T00:10:14+00:00October 10th, 2017|Earthquakes, Seismic Retrofit|

Earthquakes don’t heed the legislative boundaries that define a city’s limits. That’s why, many property owners not bound by any safety ordinance are taking action and having their buildings retrofitted anyway – not because of the law, but because it’s the right thing to do. In Glendale and many other cities, there is a [...]

5 October, 2017

The Three Basic Components of a Seismic Retrofit

By |2018-01-12T00:10:42+00:00October 5th, 2017|Seismic Retrofit, Seismic Retrofit Components|

Every building is different, and the approaches to safeguarding a structure against earthquake damage are incredibly diverse. Naturally, every building owner has specific questions about his or her project: What will you need to do to my building? How long will it take? How much will it cost? It’s impossible to answer without seeing the [...]