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Bringing to buildings the healing touch - A challenging task for engineers

2003-05-13
Wasti, ST
Ersoy, U
Civilization and civil engineering are intimately connected, and few animate inanimate relationships are more enduring than those between human beings and their built environment. This interactive relationship goes back thousands of years. The assessment of how a building will react to a natural disaster like an earthquake requires a detailed examination of the architectural features and engineering design. Structural damage can always be investigated after it has occurred, but the challenge is to pre-empt such damage by suitably equipping a building in advance to resist the onslaught of disaster.