Abstract 01MAY2020

For decades, much attention has been focused on developing methods to warn about impending earthquakes; however, little attention has been paid to post-disaster technology. The approach of Seismocon Systems is to measure and analyze data, gathered during an earthquake, in order to save lives and accelerate recovery afterward.  We combine data from sensors developed for earth science, material science, and acoustic emission technology, analyze it with an AI algorithm, and use it to determine, within a few minutes after an incident, if a building, bridge or tunnel is safe to enter and use.  Our system monitors objects and automatically determines if the integrity of a structure has been compromised. The proprietary algorithm we develop is a multi-layer analytic system, using data from both our own hardware monitoring unit attached to the object, as well as a large number of databases from various governmental and private servers, to determine the safety level of each particular object. The analysis of safety is defined in categories and automatically delivered, with guidelines as to the safety to your structure, via text message or email to the users immediately after an incident.

 

Building codes are created to ensure that structures can withstand forces from natural disasters, as most of them do. The building code only addresses the first wave of shaking of the structure. None of these codes addresses subsequent stress, such as aftershocks or continued strong wind blasts. Seismocon’s system provides a method for determining if there is an acceptable margin of safety for first-responders, who endeavor to enter a building, and for people to safely return to their homes again. Thus, Seismocon makes it possible to avoid casualties and to prevent people from exposing themselves to risks that otherwise could have been avoided. The system also makes possible the prioritization of disaster relief activities by both first-responders and local governments. Moreover, the system can be used by businesses and homeowners to rapidly assess the level of risk in re-occupying their structures. This is particularly important for economic and community recovery, which often stagnate while time-consuming on-the-ground inspections need to be made of all buildings.

 

Earthquakes, Mother Earth’s pulse which we have to live with

 

Earthquakes happen all the time…as in right now.

 

People have tried to create a “Panic button” for the past 30 years, and yet, if you are at the epicenter of an earthquake, an early warning system will not help you. It is impossible to predict earth movement, regardless of your computer power.

 

When an earthquake happens, no one knows if it is a fore-shock, main-shock or even an after-shock. An incident in Japan a few years ago is an example of such danger. As a result of good and implemented building codes, no one was killed. People returned to their homes and work, but 24 hours later the actual main-shock happened. A large number of people were killed due to collapsing buildings and structures that could not take a second hit. The structural integrity was compromised but people didn’t know.   

A similar event occurred in Ridgecrest, California on July 4th, 2019 when a 6.4 earthquake devastated the community. This violent seismic event turned out to be a fore-shock, whereas the 7.1  main-shock struck 24 hours later. Building codes address major seismic incidents. However, earthquakes always come in clusters. In this particular incident, there were approx 1,000 shocks over the next seven days. This is why instrumentation is invaluable to help people make the right decisions.

 

The USGS statement: “Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do.”

 

Until now, no one has put the post-disaster situation of an earthquake into focus. We have built a sophisticated system which, in the aftermath of an earthquake, will alert you if the building you use is safe or not.

 

This is Seismocon

 

The technology is a highly advanced instrumentation box, the size of a smart phone, installed on a wall of the building. It monitors the structural health using earth science, engineering and acoustic emission technologies. immediately after an earthquake, you will receive a text message giving guidelines as to the safety of your structure. This may not only save the lives of you and your family, but also people in workplaces, schools, hospitals, airports, etc. The system is developed for cost-effective mass-production to enable implementation at the home market, as well as the corporate and governmental infrastructure.

 

We are not monitoring earthquakes or hurricanes

 

Regardless of what rattles the building, Seismocon will tell you if it is a safe environment or not. Vibrations, movement and noise happen in landslides, hurricanes, explosions, and/or floods. Our proprietary algorithm monitors structural integrity and placement/displacement. The system does not monitor the cause of change.