The big question that every apartment buyer is now asking : is my building going to be safe from the next earthquake?
Buildings are basically designed to support a vertical load in order to support the walls, roof and all the stuff inside to keep them standing. Earthquakes present a lateral, or sideways, load to the building structure that is a bit more complicated to account for.
One way to to make a simple structure more resistant to these lateral forces is to tie the walls, floor, roof, and foundations into a rigid box that holds together when shaken by a quake.
The question of structural safety begins from the kind of foundation,which is,in turn,influenced by building type,soil and environmental conditions.
High-rises are safer than standalone bungalows when it comes to earthquake resistance because they are designed around stringent safeguards. For instance, adequate modeling techniques have been used with computer simulation and model test before structural engineering can even commence in high-rises.
The other means of reducing the vulnerability of a large buildings is to isolate them from the floor using bearings or dampers so that the tremor impact is minimized.
Buildings and structures like the ones provided by us would have the best possible chance of survival; and would save many lives and livelihoods, providing greater safety from an earthquake.