An Engineer-Philosopher’s Approach to the Interaction of Earthquakes and the Built Environment
The world is not as it seems. This also pertains to the built environment. Energy flow is in everything. Structures that we often think of as “rigid” are actually vibrant with energy and have their own unique personalities (natural period, etc.). Likewise, every earthquake also has its own personality, energy content and frequency signatures. When the energy from an earthquake enters a structure and interacts with its energy there is a dance of energies and it is analogous to a musician (the earthquake) playing a musical instrument (the structure).
Brett McElhaney, M.S., P.E., S.E.
Principal, McElhaney Structural Engineers
Brett started his professional career in the social sciences, earning a B.S. in Psychology from Midwestern State University in 1991. A few years later, he switched to Civil Engineering and obtained a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 2005, Brett started his own consulting firm. Currently he holds an SE license in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Maryland. Brett currently serves as a board member of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC), teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno, is a structural engineer member of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Post-Disaster Responders, and is active on the NV State Board of Professional Engineers Advisory Committee.
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