Mother nature has several forms, and sometimes it shows it’s brutal side. The united states is no stranger to deadly natural disasters. The USA has faced many severe natural disasters, from churning hurricanes of the gulf coast to the trailer-tossing storms of tornado alley, to the ground-pounding quakes of California.
The great Galveston storm of 1900 has slammed into the Gulf Coast, generating a 16-foot storm surge that nearly wiped the island and it’s 37,000 residents off the map. Further moving, In 1906, The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire have invaded and devastated the city. For nearly a minute, the Northern California City of 450,000 was rocked with a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that ripped a 296-mile fissure along the San Andreas fault. Hundreds of fires burned across the city fueled by broken gas lines. The fires raged for three days, consuming nearly 500 city blocks.
Furthermore, the nation has attacked by the infamous The Johnstown Flood. A 40-foot high, half-milewide wall of water and debris roared down upon the Appalachian town of Johnstown. In minutes, 1600 homes were flattened and washed away, and 2209 people were dead, including 99 entire families. The cause of the flood was the failure of a dam holding back 20 million tons of water contained in Lake Conemaugh.
There were many more disasters that rampaged the various parts of the nation. For more detailed information and how to prepare for a natural disaster, see the infographics.
America is a hurricane-active region, and have faced many devastating hurricanes ever to hit in recent years. In 2017, Hurricane Maria destroyed the United States territory of Puerto Rico, taking the lives of over 2,900 locals. The storm killed the power supply of the island and destroyed thousands of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
Furthermore, In 2018, Hurricane Michael invaded Florida, which was the strongest hurricane ever to hit Florida. Many other monstrous hurricanes knocked down the nation in the past. As the losses due demolitions are unbearable, and we need structures that can withstand this natural disaster. We can’t control nature and its behaviors, but we can be prepared to face adverse situations.
The concept of the hurricane-resistant building is introduced to avoid structural damages due to storms.
When a storm’s wind speed exceeds 74 mph, it is called a hurricane. Your building should be tenacious enough to stand strong in hurricane winds.
Now, the question is how to make the structures hurricane-proof. The hurricane-proof buildings are designed to channel the heavy winds and reduce the pressure on the building. To know more about massive hurricanes, how to build a hurricane-resistant home, and more useful insights, view our knowledgeable infographic.
Environment has a vital role in the sustainability of life on earth. All the living things on the planet depends on a clean and healthy environment for enhanced survival opportunities. However, we are facing a significant fall in the environment quality, which needs great attention. The USA is the third-largest nation with a total area of 9,161,966 sq km. US citizens follow a high standard of living, but somewhere it is affecting the environment. The USA is in second place in CO2 emissions. Moreover, per capita emissions in the USA are very high at 16.49 tons.
Apart from the CO2 emission, the USA is facing soil pollution, air pollution, water pollution, garbage disposal, global warming, deforestation, acidification of ocean water, ozone layer depletion, radioactive contamination, mine pollution, overpopulation, and nano pollution. All these environmental issues are resulting in serious health issues. According to research, 46% of deaths in the United States are because of heart disease and cancer. The USA needs to work on these environmental issues to avoid severe future outcomes in terms of the worst weather and degrading the health level of the citizens. The country should move to some sustainable ways to tackle climate change and other relevant issues. For detailed information about the environmental problems faced by the Americans, view the infographic.
The construction industry is evolving continuously, and experts keep researching new tools and ways to optimize the process. In the initial days, people were using plain paper, pen, and verbal planning. With time the new technology introduced to 3D design model with CAD software and Building Information Model (BIM). These technologies smoothen the process to extend but unable to provide the exact details. Sometimes the final product differs from the client’s vision because he was unable to understand every single aspect. Moreover, these softwares can’t predict future issues and cause sudden halts.
Now, a technology is required which can simulate the final product, and let us analyze the probable future difficulties. The construction industry is moving towards virtual reality to overcome the above limitations of conventional methods. Virtual Reality is a computer-based simulation of the artificial/real world, which can be accessible by VR electronic devices, and sensors. It interacts with the user through virtual space that gives a clear understanding of construction. For more details see the infographic.