Seismic Hazard Mitigation For MEP and F Systems
For any professional responsible for the seismic code compliance of a facility, the potential liability can be worrisome. ISAT offers a facility review of mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems that can effectively reduce your risk of costly litigation and financial losses due to facility downtime following a seismic event.
ISAT's nonstructural on-site code reviews can be done on both new and existing commercial buildings of any size and at any location. We have conducted reviews on commercial buildings ranging from warehouse and light manufacturing to semi-conductor and bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities throughout the country. ISAT has the knowledge and experience to act independently or augment any team to quickly and cost effectively review and retrofit a facility.
The MEP systems are the stronghold of a building. Post-earthquake damage of these systems can be hazardous to continued operations:
Non-Structural Cost Impacts to a Business
- Loss of business operations
- Loss of service
- Loss of market-share
- Business continuity interruption
- Replacement delays for long lead time production equipment
- Life safety
Potential Hazards to Consider
- Electric power and distribution systems
- Heating, ventilation, and cooling systems
- Fire protection systems
- Emergency power generation
- Production equipment and systems
Something to Consider About Liability and your Facility's Mitigation
The challenging nature of business survival today dramatically increases the potential impact of earthquake damage. Earthquakes are sometimes considered an “Act of God,” however, in reality an earthquake is a probable event for which effective planning is needed.
Following a major seismic event, those responsible for a structure, its assets and those working within will need to demonstrate they have taken the necessary steps to safeguard people and property to minimize litigation costs.