A powerful earthquake in Mexico left our client worried about the safety of staff working at a marine base. Our prompt assessment of damaged buildings enabled work to resume safely, with minimal delay.When the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in more than 100 years struck, our client had been busy on a project at a naval base. While no building collapsed, cracks, debris and deformations in foundations were visible. Our client contacted our Advanced Technology & Research Centre asking us to investigate whether it was safe for their team to continue working.
Experience and insight enable work on site to resume quickly
Our client wanted a swift answer to minimise disruption. With our considerable experience in seismic impact and safety calculations from Groningen earthquakes in the Netherlands, we were able to provide initial conclusions promptly, based on our engineering judgement.
It was clear that some structures required strengthening measures and one was assessed to be in danger of collapse. We advised the team how they could continue with their work in a safe way, recommending that particular areas of buildings should not be used and some activities moved outside.
With the immediate priority addressed, our investigations then turned to potential risk should a second earthquake strike, as well as identifying possible measures that would keep the buildings safe.
- ClientMultinational maritime company
- ScopeInvestigation whether it was safe for client’s staff to continue working at a naval base.
- SolutionProvide initial conclusions, based on our engineering judgement. advised the team how they could continue with their work in a safe way.