Engineer: Steel can be used in quake-resistant design

06/14/2011 | Stuff (New Zealand)

Buildings made from steel are seen to perform well in earthquakes, writes structural engineer Alistair Fussell of New Zealand. Fussell noted the steel-designed HSBC Tower in Christchurch sustained only minor damage after two recent earthquakes and was reopened without requiring structural repair. Low-damage, seismic-resisting technology can be applied to steel buildings to further minimize damage, Fussell adds.

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