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FREE | August 2016

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Innovate - What’s new

On the road

We presented at the Building Officials Institute Conference in Christchurch, see what we had to say here

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NHM Challenges: $1 versus $7 Bernard Toh | Director Skytec

Hi! Welcome to Skytec’s newsletter, Resonate. Resonate’s purpose is to create awareness amongst our valued clients and the community about natural hazard management (NHM), engineering issues and the part we play in finding solutions to them with you. Features covered regularly are: ‘NHM Challenges’, ‘Innovate - What’s New’, ‘On the Road’ and ‘Feedback’, a section devoted to highlighting your comments and answering questions. Our newsletter is designed to be informative and fun! Skytec

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Whether a modern or an older building the economics of earthquake strengthening are often at the forefront of a community’s mind. So what does an engineer think, does earthquake strengthening have to remain a too far-fetched goal because of cost? The title “$1 vs $7” relates to a unique cost: For every $1 spent on early or preventative actions, an average of $7 is saved in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Financial incentives which support early actions (like equipping buildings before disaster strikes, planning and managing development in identified risk areas) can go a long way to reducing costs for communities. Best practice is starting to favour partnerships: Between levels of government and landowners to ensure that strong buildings become integrated into the way communities work, live and play. This isn’t to

say that the cost of strengthening post-disaster is impossible but that increasingly, the greatest gains can be made early in the process. Natural disaster perpectives shared through the BBC News showed earthquake strengthening issues hold clues for local communities, as often the most effective approaches mirror characterisitics of the communities themselves. Dr So comments: “It comes down to awareness, the quality of the buildings, education, building control, economics and possibly political will as well, because these events don’t happen very often”. We talk about one of our approaches on the next page...


On the Road This section illustrates Skytec’s work, including challenges and the solutions provided to assist our clients’ needs. Skytec was commissioned and delivered a study for a Council owned building complex (approximately 3,485 m2). The existing complex comprised of three distinct portions, an Auditorium, Multi-Purpose Hall and the Sports Hall. The Hall was built in the 1950s and extended in c1975.

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The project brief required that the complex remain functional following a 1/2500 seismic event (strong earthquake), a challenging requirement, made more complicated with uncertain material and build quality. To find a solution Skytec used Build-SureTM - click on the image to watch.

The idea of the SBCO conference was a behindthe-scenes look for building officals/leaders to share common issues in the industry and lift quality and peformance. Skytec’s presentation was called “How to know the ground you’re building on” to explore the relationship between land and stuctures. And we knew this had relevance to our fellow associates and clients. The presentation identified the advances being made making in terms of assessment, which include not only buildings, but the ground conditions which they are planned to be built on. You can see the presentation here.

We also introduced the Build-SureTM process, which ensures significant cost reductions by providing holistic intervention and using state-of-the-art assessment for buildings. The process is designed for a win-win in terms of risk reduction. See our Flyer for more information.

The assessment included structural invasive and non-invasive investigations (for strength and quality of the structure) and, analysis of external data for liquefaction and soft ground risks. In applying Build-SureTM we ensured a quality cost-effective design. Skytec also carried out a cost-benefit analysis for two seismic strengthening scenarios: the ‘Single Pass’ (complete in one go) and ‘the Multi-Pass’ (incrementally over time) approach. This analysis assisted Council with decision-making around future redevelopment of the complex.

Feedback Do you have questions or enquiries? Please email us at admin@skytec.co.nz or contact us through the website.

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Skytec Resonate - August 2016  

Skytec's Newsletter. Please read on! Resonate’s purpose is to create awareness amongst our valued clients and the community about natural h...

Skytec Resonate - August 2016  

Skytec's Newsletter. Please read on! Resonate’s purpose is to create awareness amongst our valued clients and the community about natural h...

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