Mr. Shigetaka Tokutake Chief for Structural Engineering Section Technical & Engineering Service Department No. 1 Technical & Engineering Service Division
SMCC talks on Base Isolation System Seismic Technology
February 25, 2017 - Gloria Maris Restaurant, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center.
SMCC gave its talk on Base Isolation System Seismic Technology during the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) Sta. Mesa Chapter General Membership Meeting held last February 25, 2017 at Gloria Maris Restaurant, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Cubao.
The speaker, Mr. Shigetaka Tokutake, Chief for Structural Engineering Section Technical & Engineering Service Department No. 1 Technical & Engineering Service Division, came straight from Japan to give a discussion on one of SMCC's prided technology on seismic base isolation.
The general idea of seismic base isolation is to isolate the building from the ground through installing elastic devices or flexible bearings or pads.
Mr. Tokutake discussed the different base isolators that SMCC is using. This includes LRI (Lead Rubber Isolator) Device, CLB (Cross Linear Bearing) Device and Damping Cylinder Device.
SMCC has already been developing seismic technology since 1981 and has already done several structures with it. When the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck Japan in 1995, SMCC’s seismic technology was tested and has proven its worth. Many structures were devastated but the ones SMCC built with the seismic technology had minimal damage or no damage at all. Since then, the demand for the technology rose. SMCC has continued to redevelop and improve their technology until another tremor called the Great East Japan Earthquake hit Japan. And once again, the technology has proven to be successful through mitigating the damage that the earthquake brought.
It was indeed a great opportunity for SMCC to having to talk about seismic technology in front of Architects from various companies in the hope of sharing and expanding such technology in the Philippines.
Considering now that the country may encounter at any time "The Big One", it is very timely to introduce such technology and hopefully be utilized to prevent, if not, lessen the damage that it may bring.