Over the last decade, natural hazards, including hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, have been increasing in frequency and intensity. Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in general are particularly prone to harsh elements such as wind, hurricanes, flooding and seismic activity. While we can hope that events such as these will not occur, it is important to prepare and minimize risks associated with potential events in order to safeguard people that could be affected.
Seismic retrofitting refers to the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to earthquakes, yet the term and principles apply to the effects of other natural disasters as well. These services can be performed as a preventative measure, when an existing structure must be brought up to current codes, as well as in the event of signs of structural failure, whether or not caused by natural hazards.
FEF’s structural engineering department is adept and highly qualified to assist our clients with their structural forensic and seismic retrofitting needs. FEF has provided forensic and remedial structural retrofitting services for clients such as the PR Department of Transportation and Public Works, PR Highway and Transportation Authority, Municipality of Carolina, Metropistas and the US Air Force, among others. In addition, after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, representatives from FEF provided their expertise to local officials as they prepared to begin the recovery process from the devastating and catastrophic event.