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February 2023

A Seismic Retrofit case study with different strengthening solutions

2023-03-21T11:40:02+01:00February 13th, 2023|Blog|

The recent Turkey - Syria earthquake inspired us to write a blog post about the importance of seismic retrofit of existing buildings. The current example - case study - employs a typical building built in Southern Europe in the late 1980s. The building has 4 floors of approximately 200 m2 each, and a soft storey at the ground level.

May 2022

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February 2022

Seismic Isolation

2022-11-04T11:52:21+01:00February 1st, 2022|Blog|

This post aims to present main aspects of seismic isolation in the strengthening of a reinforced concrete building, the available types of base isolation, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

January 2022

December 2021

Application of Reinforced Concrete Jackets

2022-11-04T13:08:00+01:00December 17th, 2021|Blog|

Concrete jacketing is probably the mostly used technique for the strengthening of RC members. It is constructed either with cast-in-place concrete or, more often, with shotcrete. The method involves the addition of a layer of reinforced concrete in the form of the jacket using longitudinal steel reinforcement and transverse steel ties outside the perimeter of the existing member.


2022-11-02T14:45:32+01:00December 17th, 2021|Blog|

The term ‘shotcrete’ refers to both the material and the construction method. The material is a concrete or a high-strength mortar, which is literally ‘shot’ into the forms. The method is the application of this material on site.

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