Arup works in earthquake-prone areas worldwide. From Japan to the Americas, responsible infrastructure and building design demands the application of expertise in all aspects of earthquake engineering.
We have accumulated formidable experience and skill in seismic design, and the essential specialist fields behind it – including seismology, geotechnical and structural engineering, risk assessment and management.
Enabling creative architecture
We work with clients and architects to engineer the most ambitious of structures to be both earthquake-tolerant and economically feasible.
Our landmark projects include Japan’s Osaka Maritime Museum; China’s CCTV in Beijing, San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Centre in the US, Torre Reforma in Mexico City, and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Kericho, Kenya.
Safeguarding critical assets
To protect communities and businesses, it is essential to safeguard the utilities and industries they depend on.
We use performance-based design methods and modern seismic protection technologies to provide assured functionality for recovery-critical facilities such as hospitals, energy infrastructure, telecommunications facilities and airport terminals such as Sabiha Gokcen terminal in Turkey.
We work with major multi-nationals such as HSBC, Procter & Gamble and Toyota to help them minimise the impacts of earthquakes on their staff, facilities and productivity. Our catastrophe risk management experts provide engineering-informed advice to public and private sector clients on mitigation and insurance strategies.
We provide post-earthquake support to clients through our global network of offices, and participate in field survey missions with other professionals and academics through organisations such as EERI and EEFIT.
Arup has become a global leader in seismic engineering through the innovative approach we have adopted in our design projects and in promoting the societal benefits of improved resilience.
Since current building codes do not focus on earthquake resilience, Arup developed the REDi Rating System which provides owners, architects and engineers a framework for resilience-based earthquake design. This is being used on projects such as 181 Fremont Tower in the US.
We have also been instrumental in rebuilding areas devastated by major tsunami such as the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2010 Maule Chile events. Arup was chosen to re-design Constitución’s waterfront which was devastated by the tsunami and began by drafting a Sustainable Reconstruction Plan.