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A seismic safety assessment for an industrial facility contains an analysis of the seismic design of structures, non-load bearing elements, components, pipes and stored goods of a particular site to discover the potential earthquake risk. The analysis for chemical facilities is based on the German VCI-Guideline for seismic risk assessment of chemical facilities. For other industrial facilities, we use a similar procedure.
Earthquakes cause tens of thousands of deaths per year and result in billions of dollars in losses for the economy. For industrial facilities not only structural and environmental damage but also production interruption time is costly.
Seismic design assessment of industrial facilities is important for mitigating earthquake risk to structures, components and systems as well as subsequent economic loss. For industrial facilities, a site- and facility-specific earthquake vulnerability assessment leads to higher safety and can reduce costs for new constructions significantly. For existing constructions, it can help to reduce retrofitting costs.
As a capable third-party partner with interdisciplinary teams, your business can benefit from our years of experience and specialist expertise in the earthquake risk field. Our team’s international activities and participation in regulatory working groups and committees means we are able to transfer state-of-the-art methods into practical applications. A partnership with TÜV SÜD not only helps you to meet national and international requirements but also ensures your business meets relevant safety-related aspects and protects its investments as a result of seismic impact.
Through our seismic risk analysis of industrial facilities, your business will see benefits such as:
Based on the German VCI-Guideline and your experience, the seismic risk assessment is conducted in two levels.
Firstly, a walk down of the plant occurs to identify weak points of construction and estimate the seismic safety of the facility. A checklist of questions considers the following categories:
This stage results in two outcomes: positive – meaning the category has a sufficient seismic resistance – or negative – meaning a weakness has been identified and, therefore, measures for improvement will be given.
The work for a Level 1 assessment usually contains the following steps:
If a seismic weakness of a structure or component is identified that needs a more detailed calculation to assess the seismic safety, the seismic resistance will be calculated by a computer model.