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The client is based in the United States and works across 40 locations in many US states and Canadian provinces. They are an industry leader in providing multiple specialized concrete services such as non-destructive testing (NDT), utility locating, and concrete scanning. The firm is also well-known for soft-story seismic retrofitting solutions. The client has more than 60 years of experience in using cutting-edge technology to develop safe buildings and avoid subsurface hazards. They have a reputation for meeting time, budget, accuracy, and safety requirements for their customers.
Challenges Faced by the Client
The client was looking for seismic retrofit structural analysis support for a reinforced cement concrete (RCC) building. The structural modeling needed to adhere to the minimum design load requirements. The client provided the RCC building drawings.
The project involved these challenges -
Collecting additional building information to support accurate analysis
Results needed to comply with ASCE (7-10) codes and employ ETABS software
After carefully analyzing the service requirements of the client, the Flatworld Solutions structural engineering specialists developed the following solution -
The project included a team leader and experienced drafters
An effective communication strategy was developed to facilitate gathering additional building data and to clarify the overall project scope
When the implementation phase started, the engineering team completed the seismic analysis in compliance with all ASCE 7-10 codes. This process included analyzing seismic load, wind load, machinery load, water tank load, wall load, live load, and dead load
Final reports reflected structural analysis of story drift, joint displacement, axial loads, moments, forces, and reaction factors. The seismic load and wind load analysis were completed using ETABS software. All load combinations met ASCE 7-10 building code requirements.
Our team of engineers successfully delivered the structural modeling and seismic load analysis to the client. This project exhibits the value of accurate and cost-effective outsourcing support for seismic analysis and retrofitting projects. The Flatworld Solutions engineering team is uniquely qualified to ensure that seismic load analysis and structural modeling complies with all international construction practices and building codes.
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