Insights

  • Natural disasters & uninsured economic losses

    By on December 6, 2018

    With a series of hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, the economic losses from natural disasters in 2017 rose to $353 billion –– a number that makes last year the second-costliest on record, according to Aon Benfield’s Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight Annual Report (2017). Interestingly enough, the...

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  • Power Production Facilities: Is it the time for a “Metathesis” of our design philosophy?

    By on October 21, 2016

    Power production facilities are all but immortal. Oil & gas extraction rigs have a life span of 20-30 years while wind turbines are designed to work 120,000 hours –a lifespan of only 20 years. Unlike most of our civil infrastructure (whose lifespan exceeds 50-100 years or...

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  • A seismic isolation approach offered almost “for free”

    By on October 12, 2016

    by Grid Engineers Research Group ven if such a place may ever arise, neither our past nor our contemporary experience, provide evidence of such a utopia reaching us soon. On the contrary, society has repetitively witnessed natural disasters so unprecedented in nature and intensity that have...

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  • Soil-induced deformation on Pipelines

    By on October 12, 2016

    It is well known that pipelines can hardly avoid traversing unstable ground locations such as active fault areas or precarious slopes.

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