Videos & Articles
Seismic Minute Videos – Educational Insights
CalTech’s Prof. Tom Heaton
Prepare for earthquakes anywhere: even on the East Coast
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 2.10 minutes: We think we understand earthquakes, but the rarest of the rare and the worst of the worst natural catastrophes teach us again and again that earthquakes can happen—in the most surprising places (like the Midwest or the East Coast). We have the knowledge, we have info, so we need to prepare for earthquakes anywhere.
Pre-empting legal penalties for warehouse negligence
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 2:37 minutes: During a small to large quake-which might be a surprise in your area of the country- inside a warehouse, material can fall, some could be hazardous and start a fire, or a worker could be harmed. The biggest cost of failure of systems is the cost of lawyers and legal fees – due to poorly planned systems.
The value of permitting – Protection with a capital P
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 1:20 minutes: That protective paper trail called permitting can save you numerous headaches in the future—as well as potentially millions of dollars. If you’re thinking about cutting this particular corner called adhering to standards, Tom Heaton has a few words to the wise.
Importance of installers engaging with engineers
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 1:35 minutes: When it comes to installing an engineered system, proper training is key to maintaining safety and design integrity for your warehouse operation.
Seismic impact – how to have the best outcomes
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 2 minutes: Whenever building a new warehouse or upgrading your current one (no matter where you are in the U.S.), paying attention to seismic code compliance will help your facility have the best outcome whenever the next big surprising quake happens.
Regarding seismic activity in Northern Texas and Oklahoma
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 3 minutes: The number of epicenters recorded in Oklahoma over the past year equaled that of California.
The case for qualified engineering
Professor Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 3 minutes: Preparing your warehouse for quakes from the ground up – understanding what you can do now to prepare.
Important seismic insight in considering your location
Tom Heaton, Cal Tech, 2 minutes: Location, location, location… Earthquakes can occur throughout the US – in areas that may surprise you.
Seizmic’s Sal Fateen
Equipment installers need to understand control joints
Sal Fateen, Founder and CEO of Seizmic, Inc., 1.38 minutes: Common misconceptions when Installing anchors to stabilize a material handling system. What to avoid so that capacity is not reduced.
What you should know about Employee Path of Egress
Sal Fateen, Founder and CEO of Seizmic, Inc.,1:37 minutes: For permitting and code compliance related to seismic activity and ADA requirements of material handling systems, proper employee egress must be taken into consideration.
What you should know about Anchor inspections:
Anchor manufacturers must certify that their anchors have been inspected and have an ICC number before anchors can be used in your storage system. Then when inspection takes place at your storage facility, the building inspector will ask for verification of correct anchor installation.
Lateral sway / drift & earthquake code changes
Sal Fateen, Founder and CEO of Seizmic, Inc., 1:55 minutes: In a small or large quake, storage systems tend to move laterally. From recommended distance-from-building, to storage products calculated and analyzed by engineers, learn about three-year code change cycles.
Seismic susceptibility & floor slab / soil inspection
Sal Fateen, Founder and CEO of Seizmic, Inc., 2 minutes: Wherever you are in the USA, consider the slab and soil beneath it to determine seismic susceptibility. Because the load of stored material and storage media is transferred to the slab, along with the force generated by seismic activity, these elements are key to supporting your load and inventory.
- Understanding NBCC Seismic for MEP 22 pages published by Kinetics Noise Control
- Seismic Design Requirements-28 pages published by the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
- Earthquake Shake Damage to Facility Content-4 pages published by FM Global insurance company
- Earthquake Effects on Buildings 28 pages, by Christopher Arnold
- Earthquake Design of Buildings, 7 pages, A publication of Global Asset Protection Services
- Facts for Steel Buildings – Earthquakes and Seismic Design, 62 pages – American Institute of Steel Construction – 2009web_facts-for-steel-buildings-3-earthquakes-and-seismic-design
- Seismic Considerations for Steel Storage Racks located in areas accessible to the public, 150 pages – Building Seismic Safety Council for FEMA, National Institute of Building Sciences
- You’ve heard about the Richter scale. Here is a short informative piece about the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, developed by two Americans in 1931.