Construction & Machine Vibrations

Construction and Machine Vibration

Understand effects of adjacent construction on nearby buildings

Construction activities like pile driving, blasting, breaking pavement, and vibratory fill compaction produce strong vibration levels that can cause damage to nearby structures. Exponent measures and evaluates vibration sources and magnitudes to better assess damage from adjacent construction and make repair recommendations.

How does Exponent accurately determine damage to neighboring buildings?

Groundbreakings, machinery operation, and large blasts can all shake adjacent buildings and damage them. Gauging the total effect of construction-related vibrations requires a full assessment of site characteristics and construction activities, vibration magnitude, and damage mechanisms. Exponent's investigative process includes establishing baseline conditions, assessing vibration sources, analyzing the scale of vibrations on structures and soils, conducting a damage assessment, and, finally, consulting on recommended repairs.

We use a modular data acquisition system to record and monitor construction vibrations that can be adapted to the client's specific needs, collecting and processing data from signals sent via wired or wireless connections. Exponent can also integrate video cameras, microphones, and sensors, including accelerometers, geophones, tiltmeters, hygrometers, and thermometers into the data acquisition system.

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