Miyamoto has developed construction-supervision tools and methods for remote and challenging environments
We offer a full range of structural engineering services
Cost-effectiveness and life safety are key
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]rior to disasters, structural safety concerns of infrastructure are not properly addressed, leading to lives lost and great economic losses. During the aftermath of a disaster, many buildings that have sustained damage and are repairable are needlessly torn down, due to lack of engineering knowledge. This can prolong the hardship of affected populations and the local economy. The knowledge and experience gained by working in post-disaster environments, and the firm’s vast library of building-performance data, informs Miyamoto’s practical approach to assessing and addressing the structural safety of infrastructure.
Building and infrastructure safety evaluations need to be prudent in order to help reduce risk to life and injury in the event of a disaster – however, evaluations cannot be so overly conservative they make interventions economically unfeasible, displace people from their homes or needlessly close schools, businesses and other critical facilities. The recommendations Miyamoto provide are geared toward protecting lives and reducing risk, while also saving infrastructure and maximizing the impact and value of infrastructure and DRR investments.
Miyamoto is passionate about the resilient design of new infrastructure. We are experts in performance-based engineering, which allows us to design for higher resiliency.
Whether rural healthcare facilities or urban multi-story school buildings, Miyamoto works to find cost-efficient and effective ways through design to protect critical structural elements, such as the frame of the building, from earthquake shocks and hurricane winds – helping to improve the resiliency of infrastructure and communities.
We are similarly passionate about retrofitting or seismically upgrading existing buildings. Our expertise in the assessment, prioritizing and retrofitting of aging buildings allows us to vigorously address and remedy the shortcomings of poor or outdated engineering and construction practices by incorporating global best practices from countries that have conducted extensive and systematic strengthening of structures. Miyamoto’s retrofit approach is “surgical” —we focus on understanding and addressing the main weaknesses of a building. This allows us to strengthen a structure’s overall ability to withstand earthquake or hurricane loads.