Assessment of the seismic risk of infrastructures is associated to the level of earthquake hazard, building vulnerability and level of exposure. Natural hazards can cause serious disruption to the communities and their infrastructures. The impact of these extreme events is largely dependent on the resilience of structures.
With Nepal located well within a seismically vulnerable zone, buildings must be designed in seismic resilient manner. However, even with increasing awareness levels, most of the existing structures in the country has not been built to meet this criteria, violating basic building codes, and rendering human settlements extremely susceptible to the effects earthquake and other disasters.
Our experience in Nepal after the April 2015 earthquake has also demonstrated It is neither practical nor affordable for many families to demolish their homes or public buildings and construct new ones in their place. Therefore, a more realistic approach of retrofitting them is increasingly considered to upgrade their level of safety. Early indications are these can be cost effective and allow retention of buildings and homes of cultural and traditional values.
The firm is fully equipped and resourced to provide service in this practice area covering seismic vulnerability assessment, seismic design and analysis, disaster resilient structure and hazard assessment. Our competent team of Architects, Structural and Civil engineers apply their substantial information and skill through the use of proficient tools and software in accessing seismic vulnerability and serviceability of the infrastructure.
SW Nepal experience includes multi hazard resilient design and implementation of infrastructures for safer and sustainable assets or to undertake the design and implementation of retrofitting of buildings.
More specifically, our relevant project experience includes: