Ecological Impact and the need of efficient Engineered Buildings

Mar 09, 2023

Category:  BIM / Digitization / Automation


The recent ecological devastations, coupled with internal tectonic plate movements of the earth’s crust have made a deadly impact on the surface. The Earthquakes and Tsunami’s be it recent month August, in Haiti or Indonesia, Turkey, the Philippines, Indian subcontinent and smaller tremors felt along the California cost or the recent past quakes that have shaken Japan causing tremendous devastation both in terms of lives lots, economic losses in millions and ecological devastation. The trend is not showing any signs of reversal, with such phenomena becoming more frequent.

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The need has never been greater for earthquake proof building to save lives, and seismic engineering to work in geographically susceptible areas that have a proven history and track record of frequent seismic activity.

TechnoStruct (LBE Certified in SF) is a full-scale engineering consulting firm offering effective, high quality Seismic Engineering solutions as well as seismic engineering – delivered on time and on budget. We have partnered with various developers/owners, GCs, Subs (electrical, mechanical, plumbing), and Architects in the Los Angeles area, SF Bay Area and Sacramento Area; on small to large projects. Since TechnoStruct has been working on buildings that based in areas that have an history of earthquakes and natural disasters like Bush Fire.

TechnoStruct has a total experience of 18 years in the Engineering and BIM industry, TechnoStruct definitely is one of the very few companies that can provide all engineering and BIM service to projects ranging from small commercial office of size 3500 sqft to a transit center project of size 1.2 Million sqft for design inception phase to project closeout phase (as-built and inspection).

The firm has a LEED AP on staff and has a great deal of energy efficient and LEED certified design experience. The firm has won several LEED green awards, the first one being Hot Italian Restaurant on 1th & Q street in Sacramento. The project was 1st LEED Certified Silver Restaurant in Sacramento area and only 3rd in California at the time.

With the advent of the pandemic, buildings other then seismic and solar energy capacity need to have ventilation lighting that permits larger body of people to live, work and co-exist in smaller area’s without creating much impact of the ecology.

At TechnoStruct, our Solar department have several MegaWatts of experience with recently designed 750 kW for UC Davis: Including the parking lot shade structures and the array on the adjacent building visible from highway 80 as you pass the campus. We have a never-ending stream of PV on the Hawaiian Islands with 20 MW of installations and over 165 projects in the last 8 years.

These capabilities make TechnoStruct fully capable to work on projects that require a superior understanding of the ecological time scale, and the need of the hour, to make environmentally efficient and sustainable dwelling, work and utility spaces.

Our world is certainly undergoing changes, the best we can do is do our part and engage our trust to partners that can give us the best solutions and safety features.

Research for earthquake engineering means both field and analytical investigation or experimentation intended for discovery and scientific explanation of earthquake engineering related facts, revision of conventional concepts in the light of new findings, and practical application of the developed theories.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the main United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all fields of earthquake engineering. In particular, it focuses on experimental, analytical and computational research on design and performance enhancement of structural systems.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake_engineering )

The NSF Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering program (HMSE) supports research on new technologies for improving the behavior and response of structural systems subject to earthquake hazards; fundamental research on safety and reliability of constructed systems; innovative developments in analysis and model based simulation of structural behavior and response including soil-structure interaction; design concepts that improve structure performance and flexibility; and application of new control techniques for structural systems

The equipment sites (labs) and a central data repository are connected to the global earthquake engineering community via the NEEShub website. The NEES website is powered by HUBzero software developed at Purdue University for nanoHUB specifically to help the scientific community share resources and collaborate. The cyberinfrastructure, connected via Internet2, provides interactive simulation tools, a simulation tool development area, a curated central data repository, animated presentations, user support, telepresence, mechanism for uploading and sharing resources, and statistics about users and usage patterns.

Our director, who is an engineering specialist and alumna from Purdue University is a big proponent of site testing capabilities. TechnoStruct has been doing this work in the California State region and collaborating with other government and non-government partners to all our projects benefit having safety as a first priority.

An emerging name in the American design and construction technology space, TechnoStruct Academy has been part of some of the most prestigious projects in the Northern California region, including the Google Bayview complex, Apple Headquarters, SFO International Airport Extension, Transbay Transit Center, New Stanford Hospital, Ford Research, and Innovation Center, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Buildings, among others.

The company has presence across seven states in the US and a BIM consulting team that supports its engineering team. TechnoStruct’s teams work on vertical and horizontal construction for residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects. Its clients are spread across sectors such as healthcare, hospitality, educational, and corporate and we are very pro-environment and aware of the urgent need for such technologies to become as part of best practice.