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The Importance of Resilience for Structural Engineers


When looking at the properties of any building or structure, one of the most important aspects to focus on is the resiliency of said bridge, skyscraper or construction. Resiliency can be defined as a structure’s ability to absorb damage and recover in a timely manner. From horrific natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes, to social and cultural events that can destroy a community and building; a structure must be resilient in order to stand for decades. Since resiliency has become such a buzzword in the engineering community around the globe, here are some important things to remember with regards to the resiliency that structural engineers should be aware of while creating any type of structure.

Reaction to Disasters

In recent years, major efforts have been made to increase the resiliency of structures that may be impacted by significant natural disasters. This is especially true in areas such as New Orleans & LA, where hurricanes can ravage an entire area each year. Resiliency efforts have been consistently increased to keep structures standing in the face of dangerous natural disasters. Structural engineers are being trained to plan for these types of natural disasters, especially in areas that are prone to damage, early on in the construction process. Additionally, many cities across the United States are assessing the state of their buildings and structures and testing their resiliency. This data is being used to determine which buildings will require work to become more resilient, as well as for setting a standard for all structures moving forward.

Built to Last

Another reason why resiliency is such a popular term on the mouths of structural engineers is because of the need to create structures that will pass the test of time and operate properly for years and years, with little to no maintenance. Since so much planning goes into the creation of any major structure, engineers have made it a priority to design buildings that will stand tall for decades with little to no decline in safety and stability over time. This is especially prescient in large cities such as Boston or New York City, as real estate can be extremely expensive, vital, and influential in these parts of the county.

Resiliency is so important to structural engineers because it not only keeps buildings and structures safe, it protects future generations from outdated technology that could be significantly damaged under the wrong conditions. To learn more about resiliency, or to set up a consultation with experienced engineering consultants, give us a call today at (702) 362-9200.