The Insight: The Changing Seismic Landscape within the Australian Construction Industry!
Mother nature has a habit of forcing us to action and the recent earthquake in Mansfield, Victoria is a timely reminder that we cannot afford to be complacent about how we build. Events like these are further reasons why the construction industry needs to be vigilant and comply with specifications and standards when it comes to not only seismic design but the National Construction Code (NCC) as a whole.
Most commercial and residential construction today requires a level of seismic assessment and design depending on the building type, location, and application parameters in accordance with AS 1170.4 (Structural design actions Part 4: Earthquake actions in Australia). With the recent update of AS 5216:2021 (Design of post-installed and cast-in fastenings in concrete) which now also covers the design of fastenings under seismic actions, the Australian construction industry has never had better guidance or clarity in designing with the latest state of the art fastening seismic design standards - helping build a safer Australia!