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20 Jun

Shakin’

When was the last time you saw a 12’x18’ box of steel twisting, turning, shaking, and rumbling on a tri-axial shake table? Here at BAC, we regularly work with outside consultants to test our products, so we get to see it happen on a fairly regular basis.

Why all the shaking, you ask? According to the US Geological Survey there were 537 earthquakes around the world in the past 30 days. Yes, you read that correctly – 537 earthquakes in 30 days. And that isn’t unusual. This year, according to the USGS, has had a normal amount of seismic activity so far. Keep in mind that of those 537 many were either small and unnoticeable, were in the middle of the ocean, or were simply far away from modern society, so they went unnoticed. Regardless, with all of this seismic activity, public welfare is a big concern, and here in the US, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the International Building Code (IBC) are leading the charge in seismic awareness and preparedness in the building industry.

How do BAC’s evaporative cooling products fit in, you ask? We reviewed the regulations and literature posted by IBC and ASCE and couldn’t have agreed with them more. Functionality after a seismic event, especially in critical facilities such as hospitals, communication centers, and emergency response centers, is vital, and the only true way to determine a mechanical system’s functionality after an event is to put it through one in the first place. Since we can’t control or predict mother nature, we do the next best thing: we go to a tri-axial shake table, put our equipment on top, and prove that it really is as rugged, as durable, and as reliable as we say it is. There is no guesswork. We don’t rely on numbers. We rely on hard evidence.

What to learn more? In our Knowledge Center, BAC has a plethora of resources – on our product and on the industry. Here you can read our Seismic White Paper which interprets the IBC 2009 and ASCE 7 Code and discusses the basis of seismic design requirements, defines the seismic variables, discusses the seismic qualification methods and provides an example with suggested specification. Want visual proof? Click here to visit our multimedia center and see a video from one of our latest tests. Have more questions? Need more clarification? Let us know!

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