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29 March, 2017

A ‘New Frontier’ Launched For Earthquake Safety

By | 2018-01-20T01:07:43+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Earthquakes are not selective about where and when they strike, and they are equally as indiscriminate on the types of buildings they can rattle to the ground. While it is true that some structures may be more prone to damage than others, the reality is that virtually all buildings have the capacity to fail [...]

1 March, 2017

California Cities Serious About Preparing Buildings For Earthquakes

By | 2018-01-22T18:00:01+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Prompting ‘New Frontier’ for Earthquake Safety The Los Angeles Times recently proclaimed the start of a “New Frontier” for earthquake safety: a phenomenon kicked off by the city of Santa Monica, which this month is expected to adopt the most comprehensive seismic retrofit ordinance in the nation. Santa Monica’s law is much more comprehensive [...]

24 February, 2017

Why earthquake retrofit laws may be coming soon to your city

By | 2018-01-22T19:23:57+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Earthquake Retrofits|

There’s a growing effort underway to make California communities safer, as cities throughout the state adopt new laws requiring seismic retrofits of buildings proven to be vulnerable to damage in an earthquake. San Francisco, Berkeley and other Bay Area cities were among the first to mandate earthquake retrofits for wood-framed, soft-story buildings – structures [...]

15 February, 2017

Santa Monica May Launch a New Frontier in Earthquake Safety

By | 2018-01-22T19:45:20+00:00 February 15th, 2017|LA Retrofit Laws|

Santa Monica is now poised to enter a new frontier in earthquake safety that could have implications for other cities looking at seismic retrofitting, the Los Angeles Times wrote in a recent article about the City Council’s tentative approval of what could be the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort. The draft ordinance, if [...]

1 February, 2017

California Cities Serious About Preparing Buildings For Earthquakes

By | 2018-01-24T01:18:06+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits|

Just one year ago, the city of Los Angeles began to roll out its new earthquake retrofit laws, considered at the time to be the nation’s most comprehensive ordinances on the books. Today, many other cities are adopting ordinances of their own – some even more stringent than those adopted by L.A. What did [...]

26 January, 2017

Optimum Seismic is Largest Supporter of SEAOSC’s Annual Scholarship Fund

By | 2018-01-24T01:35:00+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Optimum Seismic|

Awards presented at SEAOSC Annual Job Fair & Student Scholarship Awards Night Feb. 1. The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California Foundation is pleased to announce that it will award eight scholarships to outstanding Southern California engineering students at the 2017 Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Annual Job Fair and Student Scholarship [...]

17 January, 2017

Optimum Seismic Presents at Earthquake Safety Seminar at CALBO Educational Event

By | 2018-01-24T01:55:18+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Retrofits|

Earthquake safety, building retrofits and the growing need for cities to prepare for the next major quake were among the topics discussed during the presentation. Optimum Seismic, a leading seismic retrofit company for the Greater Los Angeles region, recently delivered an extensive presentation on earthquake safety and the need for structural retrofits to the [...]

1 January, 2017

Due Diligence in Selecting a Retrofit Company

By | 2018-01-25T22:29:59+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Seismic Retrofit Companies|

It’s been just one year since the City of Los Angeles enacted its earthquake retrofit ordinance. At the time, there were just a handful of seismic retrofit companies doing business locally. Today, there are many. This sudden influx of startups has led to concern among those in the industry that some of these new [...]

1 December, 2016

Why More and More Cities are Enacting Earthquake Retrofit Laws

By | 2018-01-25T23:03:30+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Earthquake Retrofits|

Optimum Seismic was recently asked to make a formal presentation about earthquake retrofits and building safety at a meeting of CALBO, the California Building Officials association. The organization was curious to learn more about process, various laws already in place, financing options and the impacts on insurance and tenant habitability. Based on the high [...]

1 November, 2016

Are You Ready? “The Big One” is Overdue

By | 2018-01-25T23:16:02+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Earthquake Protection, Earthquakes|

Insurance of Older Buildings Made Easier with Earthquake Retrofits Last fall marked a brief period of heightened anxiety for us here in Southern California, when scientists announced that a swarm of seismic activity at the Salton Sea dramatically increased the risk of a major quake along the San Andreas fault. Newspaper headlines and radio [...]