John Masek, licensed Civil and Structural engineer, has asked for assistance from FacilityBlog readers. Masek is working on project that will have an impact on facility managers in any area where earthquake design is required. He is looking for input from as many facility managers, building engineers, owners, and others as possible. The goal of the project will likely lead to new design and construction requirements, so he is looking for FacilityBlog readers to provide input on what their recommendations are.
Here is some brief background on the project. EERI is a prominent nonprofit research organization, whose goal is to find and promote effective seismic design and earthquake damage mitigation implementation processes, methods, and technologies. Specifically, EERI is conducting this research project to determine practical methods to cause seismic design and construction of building or facility contents (walls, ceilings, lighting, electrical equipment, mechanical equipment, piping, process equipment, specialty equipment specific to a facility’s use, HVAC equipment, ductwork, computer equipment, storage shelves or racks, facades, etc.; known collectively as nonstructural items) to be anchored or braced to resist earthquake loads in a manner which will provide for personnel safety and desired facility function. This is not a technical survey related to code equations or design provisions; rather, the survey seeks practical implementation suggestions.
Those interested in participating in the project can click this link to respond to the questionnaire. The questionnaire is menu driven and has been customized to focus on items relevant to the respondent’s field of expertise. It will take about 15 minutes or so to complete, depending upon the level of additional comments the respondent chooses to make. ALL input is confidential and will only be listed by respondent type (i.e. facility manager, owner, building engineer, architect, engineer, etc.)
If you would like to discuss this project with the EERI Principal investigator directly, please contact:
John P. Masek, P.E., S.E.