As building owners or property managers you are required to take all reasonable practical steps to minimise hazards in the workplace including all natural events like earthquakes. This includes all structural and non-structural building elements that have the potential to harm a building’s occupants – tenants or otherwise. These responsibilities under the 2015 Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) mean that by law, you must proactively manage risks arising from earthquakes in and around workplace buildings on a regular and ongoing basis. Failure to do so is illegal and has the potential for negative consequences.
As a portfolio manager or building owner, you may have dozens of buildings affected over a wide area. You can’t deal with them all at the same time. Our building status reporting system will determine which building’s are priorities to be checked.
You will be able to quickly communicate likely damage and building status to your tenants. Our rapid data assessment brings this information to you. The status will alert you as to whether a building is:
Green—Client and engineers are notified and building retains normal occupancy – thresholds not met.
Green – Normal occupancy
Orange—Inspection recommended, thresholds met. Engineers do desktop or onsite assessment, either change status to green or other restricted access.
Orange – Inspection recommended
Red—Engineers assess data and building and can change status lower if cleared; or restrict – allowing action of business continuity plans.
Red – Entry prohibited
Buildings that are left unoccupied after a major seismic event brings a huge cost to businesses, building owners and landlords. Having to wait for an onsite assessment at the time of a major event can take days or weeks. If you are able to assess your own buildings within a short timeframe you save huge potential financial losses. Knowing when to stay and when to evacuate is key.
Our economic benefits case study shows the impact of not knowing, such as:
Providing clearer direction on whether to stay or evacuate based on actual data and threshold levels set by an engineer, will minimise the impact a seismic event may have on personal safety and economic distress. Build resilience with our Structural Health Monitoring System (SHMS) to safeguard your investments and tenants.
Engineers gain access to critical information to rapidly inform decision making in real-time. Allowing quick response for safety alerts and to allow business to resume where there is no need to evacuate.
Sensor data from each building is fed to response spectra graphs showing building displacement and inter-storey drift. Thresholds are set to determine the extent of damage to the structural safety of the building, floor by floor.
Alerts are sent to mobile devices and emailed to all stakeholders. A simple colour coded ‘traffic light’ interface is used for quick assessment of needs.
With an engineer’s input, data can be used to assess a buildings performance and risk event behaviour, prior to an event. It may not reduce the excess but could help: