No damage to homes at Welcome Estates by earthquake - Oct 8, 2018

No damages were sustained to any homes at Welcome Estates in Cunupia after the recent 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Trinidad and Tobago.

Reports in the local media highlighted a great deal of structural damage experienced by government buildings, private businesses and to the homes of many residents.

Randy Persad, System Engineer and Cold Formed Structural Specialist Consultant at Steel Framed Engineering Solutions Limited was not surprised by the absence of structural damage to the residential homes at Welcome Estates.

"All our structures conform to International Building Codes and Best Practices and we pride ourselves with keeping up with the most advanced and evolving Cold Formed Technology to provide to our clients,” said Persad.

He continued, “Cold Formed Constructed Structures provides exceptional resilience to Hurricanes and Earthquakes ensuring the preservation of life. All structures comply to the Green Building code, are resistant to termites, completed in less time than conventional construction and is the ultimate alternative to conventional construction methods.”

Since its inception in 2013, Welcome Estates has been at the forefront of utilising Cold Formed Steel Framing Technology. Partnering with SFS International, the global leaders in structural cold-formed steel system, to take full advantage of the most advanced construction system to date and ensure key elements in design, manufacturing and assembly are all integrated for the highest levels of efficiency and structural integrity.

“Our Team of highly qualified Engineers, Specialist CAD Designers and Roll Forming experts have over fifteen (15) years experience and training from internationally accredited bodies such as the Steel Framing Alliance, Cold Formed Steel Engineers Institute and the Steel Stud Manufacturer’s Association,” Persad divulged.

He emphasised,” Earthquakes don’t kill people, poorly designed and constructed buildings do! Earthquakes are one of the most destructive forces in nature. Seismic events have altered the course of major rivers, erased land masses from the map and devastated man made structures within a considerable distance of the earthquake epicentre. Frequently, earthquakes also produce additional hazards such as Tsunami's and fire caused by damage to the infrastructure of a populated area.”

“In countries subject to seismic activity, building design, engineering and construction must be specifically tailored to withstand the unique environmental stresses that result from earthquakes. Studies have demonstrated that light gauge steel (LGS) frame buildings and houses can perform extremely well during seismic events and are increasingly being used for construction in earthquake regions. The aim is to promote safety. If we can prevent collapse, if the structural integrity allows safe and orderly evacuation of a building after a big shake, then we can go a long way to avoiding injury or more tragic outcomes,” Persad stated.