Design Engineering Services

Understanding seismic risks and the potential for future losses due to earthquake occurrences are important to lenders, insurers and equity owners involved in real estate building deals.  Probable Maximum Loss (PML) assessments identify building elements, soil types, expected lateral loads, and proximity to earthquake centers that contribute to a building’s potential risk. When building performance issues are identified, VERTEX can determine potential next steps for the mitigation or repair of a physical deficiency that will improve the seismic performance of the building so it will be acceptable to the User. 

Seismic Risk Assessment

VERTEX offers various levels of Probable Maximum Loss (PML) assessment services to estimate earthquake-related losses as a percent of building replacement costs, as based on the ASTM E2026 and E2557 standards.  By determining Scenario Expected Loss (SEL) and Scenario Upper Loss (SUL), and identifying building conditions that contribute to loss ratios and risk, we are better able to help our clients make informed business decisions.  Additionally, VERTEX identifies how modifying, mitigating or removing such conditions can reduce that risk.  We perform PML assessments with experienced, in-house structural engineers.

Seismic Retrofitting

VERTEX designs and modifies existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or soil failure due to earthquakes. Similarly, VERTEX retrofits for other natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, tornadoes and downbursts. Seismic retrofitting is primarily concerned with structural improvements, though VERTEX also provides retrofitting services for non-structural elements such as drainage and infrastructure.

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Senior Seismic Engineer

Ian Robertson, PE, SE

Ian Robertson, PE, SE

Mr. Robertson is a Senior Structural Engineer at VERTEX in Southern California.  He is both a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer in California with 30 years of seismic risk evaluation and seismic risk reduction experience. Evaluation, retrofit and repair design projects include both old and new buildings, even an underwater evaluation of a concrete municipal reservoir.  Design experience includes steel structures in corrosive environments, wafer fabrication buildings and office buildings.

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VERTEX Wishes You a Warm Holiday Season

December 21, 2017

Happy holidays from VERTEX. We had a record breaking year thanks to you! 

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VERTEX Assists USEPA and US Coast Guard in Virgin Islands

December 18, 2017

VERTEX is proud to be assisting USEPA and the US Coast Guard on their mission to help people after the tragic hurricane season in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The New York Times recently published this video that shows the effort involving recovery of sunken and lost vessels, one of the areas where VERTEX is assisting….

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VERTEX Will See You at Brownfields 2017 - Pittsburgh

December 4, 2017

Visit VERTEX at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference. We will be at Booth #537 from December 5-7, 2017   BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT SERVICES Brownfield properties come with a unique set of complex environmental and fiscal redevelopment challenges. A keen focus on environmental liability, finance and contract negotiation, cleanup considerations and reuse planning is crucial to…

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VERTEX Exhibiting at Construction Super Conference

December 4, 2017

VERTEX is excited to attend and exhibit at the Construction Super Conference in Las Vegas, NV. The conference starts December 4th and runs through December 6th. Stop by booth 104 to meet some of VERTEX’s Construction and Litigation experts! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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VERTEX Will be at the RealShare Healthcare Conference

December 3, 2017

VERTEX is pleased to participate on a panel of educators in the upcoming RealShare Healthcare Conference in December. The healthcare industry progresses to transform, as it responds to the two-prong directive of serving a growing patient population while controlling the inflation in the price of the services it delivers. In addition to market pressures, the…

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Puerto Rico Building Project

October 25, 2017

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The 2017 Hurricane Season - How it Compares

September 6, 2017

It is obvious that we are in the midst of a very active and dangerous hurricane season. The development of consecutive storms: Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, has a lot of people asking questions. Many are also struck by the intensity of the 2017 hurricane season. Harvey had record breaking rainfall with 51.88″ recorded. That’s now…

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The State of the Economy - Where Are We Headed?

June 2, 2017

Over the first two quarters of 2017, we have witnessed some interesting trends. Year to date, the NASDAQ is up by 15.36% and the S&P500 is up by 8.81%. The NASDAQ growth has largely been fueled by high tech companies such as Apple and Amazon. Despite the robust equities market, the US gross domestic product…

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Structural Inspections Get Help from Rope Access

May 10, 2017

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What does Higher Inflation, Interest Rates, and the Value of the US Dollar Mean to the Construction Industry Into 2017?

January 20, 2017

The construction industry booms in a growth economy with low inflation. This phenomenon is often short lived save for the past five years where the US has realized a perfect storm of low unemployment and low inflation. As a consequence of this rare economic backdrop, the construction industry expanded by 48% between 2012 and 2016…

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