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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Financial Earthquake Prevention

Financial Earthquake Prevention

It has been said that from 1994 Northridge earthquake, human losses was more than what experienced during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Recent estimates have shown that national earthquake financial loss from earthquake is about $5.6 billion a year. Devastation of the earthquake not only takes precious life but destroys business world as well. A very important business concept can be drawn from engineering structural stable buildings. Let us see if we can use an allegory by introducing concepts from the engineering world.

Earthquake design is more looked in the West Coast and in Alaska, where regions is more likely to have such a life changing force, compare to other locations in our country. When designing building in this region, geotechnical earthquake engineering is a field that contributes to the building design extensively.
The main step, when designing our building in this area, is to determine the dynamic loading from anticipated earthquake, or the design earthquake.

When designing a structure, the types of activities that are necessary for analysis of earthquake design to be perfumed by geotechnical engineer include the following:

o Investigating the site for possibility of liquefaction because it can cause complete loss of soil's shear strength, causing bearing failure, capacity failure, excessive settlement, or slope movement (financial earthquake prevention).

o It is important to calculate the settlement of the structure with anticipated earthquake in mind (financial earthquake prevention).

o It is necessary to check parameters for the foundation to make sure it does not suffer a bearing capacity failure during an earthquake (financial earthquake prevention).

o It is important to analyze any slopes that are on the site since it can impose additional forces during the anticipated earthquake (financial earthquake prevention).

o It is important to investigate the effect of design earthquake on retaining walls (financial earthquake prevention).

o It is wise to investigate other factors that contribute to earthquake effect; such effects include faulting and resonance of the structure (financial earthquake prevention)

o It is necessary to make site improvements and determine the type of foundation to be used to withstand anticipated earthquake. Examples of such might included ground stabilization and ground water control for site improvements and shallow or deep foundation for the type of foundation to be used. (financial earthquake prevention).

o It is vital to assist the structural engineer for the project by investigating the effects ground movements and its effect and the building; also, providing design parameters or suitable structural systems to withstand such displacement (financial earthquake prevention)

Just one single large earthquake can cause damage of more than $100 billion, that's only about twice the loss in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. (Does it still kind of hard to see the financial earthquake prevention? It is, but read the conclusion if you can't wait.) Clearly, our buildings have to be designed and built to withstand such forces as much as possible. But do we, as business professionals, ever think about our "financial earth quakes"? We need to diversify our income source! As a distributor, business developer, and a general contractor, I do just that-diversify my income source. Right now, my construction organization is not experiencing growth of any kind but I have other income sources that I can develop. I do recommend you to visit my website to learn how you can add another source of income-just like I did my financial earthquake prevention...

Paul Peshkov is a general contractor/business developer. As a favorite hobby, Mr. Peshkov is extensively involved in studying alternative medicine. He enjoys helping people reach their full potential in life. For more information on his latest developments visit his website

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