Why should MEP engineers care about seismic restraint? After the Loma Preata earthquake in Southern California, the International Code Counsel along with FEMA discovered that the majority of the buildings were damaged due to mechanical and plumbing failures within buildings. The IBC was introduced to fix this problem by requiring buildings in high seismic areas with high impact to human life to restrain mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment and utilities. Kinetics Noise Control will work with the design team and the construction team to ensure your seismic restraint project runs smoothly. Kinetics Noise Control has developed a seismic restraint system that will allow owners to meet the building code requirement while spending as little money and time as possible on seismic restraint.
How does the process normally work? In most cases Kinetics Noise Control will work through the MEP contractors. Once Kinetics Noise Control is involved with the project, we will request project specific information outlined in our Seismic Design Manual. Next, we will start running calculations on the utility systems and the critical equipment. Once the calculations have been completed, they will be submitted to the appropriate contractor for approval. After approval, Kinetics Noise Control will work with the installing contractor to ensure the seismic restraint system meets the building code.