Adan Engineering partners with building owners and facility managers to assess disaster risk, evaluate building damage, and provide post-disaster recovery and support. In the chaotic aftermath following a major earthquake, owners need rapid, accurate, and reliable damage information to resume occupancy or take appropriate measures for building recovery.  To mitigate risk and facilitate recovery, we offer the following services:

  • Determine damage potential due to earthquake, flood, windstorm, and other exposures with a focus on probable maximum loss (PML) scenarios and damage estimates.
  • Determine strengthening options (retrofit) for buildings identified as having unacceptably high risk.
  • Post-disaster damage survey and support including emergency repair and stabilization, permanent repair engineering, and insurance claim support.

Disaster Risk and Recovery Portfolio

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Related Publications

Adan, S. M., 2013, “2012 IBC Structural/Seismic Design Manual: Volume 4,” Design Example 5, Eccentrically Braced Frame, Structural Engineers Association of California, Sacramento, CA, (in press).

Adan, S. M., 2012, “Seismic Design Manual, 2nd Edition,” Examples 4.4.3. and 4.4.4 , American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, IL.

Atteberry, J. and Adan, S. M., 2011, “What Is Soft-Story Seismic Retrofitting?,” HowStuffWorks Inc., A Discovery Company, Discovery Communications, LLC.

McCormick, D. L. and Adan, S. M., 2010, “Building Occupancy Resumption Program for Post-Earthquake Damage Assessment and Recovery,” Proceedings of the 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, Ontario. Paper No. 1610, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Adan, S. M., Luft, R. W. and Wetzel, N. G., 2009, “An Investigation of Building Damage Caused by Thunderstorm Winds,” Proceedings of the 2009 ASCE Forensic Engineering Conference, Paper No. 111, Washington, DC, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, p. 759-768.

Adan, S. M. and Tawresey, J. G., 2004, “Retrofit of Unreinforced Masonry Cladding Following the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake,” Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, Canada. Paper No. 1467, International Association of Earthquake Engineering.

Adan, S. M. and Rollins, K. M., 1993, “Damage Potential Index Mapping for Salt Lake Valley, UT.” Utah Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Publication 93-4.

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