San Francisco is known a “romantic” city with its downtown streets marching intrepidly up precipitous slopes and providing splendid views of the bay, its beloved cable cars and famed Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is a well-loved tourist destination, as well as being a cultural and financial centre of the western United States.
It is also known as a city that has had its share of severe earthquakes over its history. With the modern trend of becoming denser in population and more vertical in their downtown buildings, San Francisco now has more than 160 building taller than 240 feet, with more under construction.
This now causes additional concerns for the city as earthquakes are unpredictable with too few major cities having been tested by major tremblors. One of the leading structural engineers, Ron Hamburger, said “we don’t have as many records, particularly for large magnitude earthquakes, as we would like”.
Our Structural Health Monitoring System (SHMS) has been developed to provide valuable data and information on the movement and behaviour of buildings and infrastructure to better prepare for managing seismic events, for both risk and vulnerability.
Global Seismic Data provides the data so that the San Franciscans people and leaders can know what their building and city needs, before the next earthquake strikes.
Read more about our Structural Health Monitoring System (SHMS) or contact us about how we can help you.