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Safeguarding Developments Through Safety Countermeasures

By Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Tue, 11/09/2021 - 18:32

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International collaboration, technological innovation and continuous assessment garnered over 100+ earthquakes have made Miyamoto International a specialized partner in public and private development projects. Now, the company finds itself fighting the added challenges presented by climate change, which are expected to include more extreme and recurrent weather events in the near future. In anticipation, the company is looking to expand throughout Mexico to meet its customers wherever it is needed.

Miyamoto International has been present in Mexico since 2017’s Puebla-Morelos 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which caused the collapse of more than 40 buildings and killed more than 200 people. In the aftermath of the disaster the company helped rescuers navigate the epicenter and evaluate the structural integrity of buildings to reduce the loss of life. Since then, the company has stayed and helped development projects with the use of geophysics, seismic and structural engineering.

This expertise is coupled with digital innovations in modeling and data analysis that goes beyond initial structural risk analysis. The company evaluates foundational damage on the bed rock and even how physical objects within the building could move during a seismic event, which has been known to be life threating. Furthermore, extrapolating from data gathered over the company’s life has led to engineering innovations such as base isolation and the rotor technology that gives buildings the flexibility to wobble without abruptly moving physical objects.

Moreover, the company also offer 24/7 remote monitoring to provide immediate and precise structural assessments after an earthquake to protect life, while also helping resume business operations as soon as possible. "Once a seismic event occurs, data is uploaded to the cloud. Soon after, we develop a quick data analysis and conclude by providing a technical report," said Jesus Valdez, Miyamoto International.

The company has also taken on specialized engineering projects such as the Pieta Rondanini in Italy and the Palace of Gaddi Baithak in Nepal to conserve and protect precious historical artifacts from major damage in the event of an earthquake. Recently, the company has begun to adapt its preventive and reactive protocols for seismic events to other environmental scenarios, namely flooding.

Overall, Miyamoto International is preparing to confront the added challenges of climate change as its project development projections have helped. 

Cinthya Alaniz Salazar Cinthya Alaniz Salazar Journalist & Industry Analyst