Earthquake-proof design for Jakarta
Large parts of Indonesia are susceptible to earthquakes. Even so, there seems to be no consensus among engineers, contractors and project developers about the potential impact of an earthquake or the measures needed to ensure that structures such as high-rise buildings, dams and jetties can withstand a serious tremor.
Witteveen+Bos undertakes all types of calculations, from assessing initial seismograph readings to geotechnical and structural engineering calculations to determine how buildings will respond to the massive forces involved. We recently performed a number of dynamic analyses for the ongoing land reclamation projects in Jakarta Bay. We have also reviewed tectonic studies on behalf of a project developer in Makassar, and have been requested to evaluate several highrise buildings in central Jakarta to determine how earthquake-resistant they are.